John E. "Jack" Willans, Sr.

Obituary for John E. "Jack" Willans, Sr.

May 14, 1927 - September 7, 2020
Ambler, Pennsylvania | Age 93


John E. Willans, Sr. "Jack", of Ambler, passed away peacefully on Monday September 7, 2020. He was 93 years old. Born May 14, 1927 in Norristown, he was the son of the late Wesley and Emma (nee Vetter) Willans and the beloved husband of the late Gloria (nee Colegrove) Willans.

Jack was a graduate of St. Patrick's High School. He joined the US Navy in 1944 and served on the USS Mispillion (AO-105).

Jack was a member of the Bricklayers Union working on many buildings and hospitals in the Philadelphia area, as well as the steel plant in Conshohocken. He was a proud lifetime member of the Fairmount Engine Company #2. He served in different capacities in his younger years. Jack also served as Fire Marshall for Norristown during the 1980's.

Jack stayed active and healthy for 93 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and great grandchildren as well as his cockatiel Elvis. Jack enjoyed going to the "Jem" restaurant, and baseball games to watch his grandson pitch.

Jack is survived by his daughter Donna Westley (Wes), Timothy (Ann Marie), six grandchildren: Erin Kent (Brian), Matthew, Ryan, Logan, Hannah and Kyle, two great grandchildren; Cecelia and Colin Kent, as well as his sister; Joan Hammond. Jack was preceded in death by his son John Willans, Jr. and his brother Wesley Willans.

Relatives and friends are invited to share in Jack's Life Celebration on Friday September 18, from 9:30 to 10:20 AM followed by his Memorial Mass at 10:30 AM at St. Anthony of Padua 259 Forest Ave. Ambler, PA. Inurnment will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery. Family arrangements are by Boyd-Horrox-Givnish of East Norriton, 610-277-7000. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's name can be made to the Fairmount Engine Company #2, 401 W. Main St. Norristown, PA 19401.

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