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John Francis Concord, Jr.

June 15, 1938 - January 18, 2019


John Francis Concord, Jr., age 80, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, January 18, 2019.

Born in Wilmington, DE on June 15, 1938, he was a son of the late John Francis Concord, Sr. and Minnie (Bartlett) Corsello. John graduated from Brown Vocational High School, where he met his future wife, Barbara, and went to work for IBM. John was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to IBM where he retired after dedicated 35 years.

John had a passion for all sports and enjoyed sharing that passion with his grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, and photography. John will always be remembered as a loving and dedicated husband, dad, pop-pop and great pop-pop.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joseph Corsello, brother, William Concord, and son in law, James Smith. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Barbara M. (Stewart) Concord; stepbrother Joseph Corsello; children, Karen Goff (Gregory), Debra Concord and Julia Pardue (Shawn); grandchildren, Christopher Sloan (Celia), Kari Kroll (Nick), Sarah Hammond (Matt), Brynn Smith, Kara Pardue, Allysa Pardue, and Elizabeth Griffith; and great grandchildren, Grayson Kroll, Braiden Kroll, Jacob Kroll, Abigail Hurtt, Rebekah Gans, Levi Barkley and, arriving soon, Baby Girl Sloan.

He is also survived by many sisters and brothers in law, and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 pm on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 15 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE 19711, where a memorial service will begin at 12 pm. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church at the address listed above or the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 308, Wilmington, DE 19899.

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9 Guestbook messages for John Francis Concord, Jr.

  • Julia and all of your family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Although, I never had the privilege to meet him, I know he will live on through the hearts of of those who loved him! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! May he Rest In Peace.

  • Dear Barb and family,

    I was very sorry to hear about John’s death. He will be missed by all who knew him!

    Love and prayers from NC, Cyndi

  • Sarah, Karen Kari and familes,
    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God comfort you and bless you. Keep his memory in your hearts forever.

  • I am so sad to hear of Mr.C’s passing. He was truly one of the kindest men I remember as a young person and always tolerated my many visits and stays at your home! I will never forget his many kindnesses and how much he loved his family. My condolences to Barb, Karen, Debra and Julia.

  • Dear Aunt Barb and Family,

    Uncle John was a wonderful man and we always admired his great love for his family. He will be missed. We send all our love to you and the family and will keep all of you in our prayers.

    Donnie and Karen

  • John was a great friend of mine, and a lot of other people, too. I call him “Arnie”, as in Arnold Palmer.
    We spent lots of time together on the golf course. He was an excellent golfer. John was also a very good athlete with many talents. He was an “all-state” baseball player and a very good high school basketball player while at Brown Vocational. When he went to work at IBM he was considered a top notch technician and also a very good leader of his group of co-workers. John is to be missed by all of friends and family. R.I.P. ARNIE…

  • May God bless John. May God bless Barbara and family. Love to you all. Don

  • One of the first people I met when I started work at IBM was John.He was always available to offer
    assistance to this ROOKIE. Never a harsh word was uttered by him. He was a friend to all who knew him.

  • Debbie:

    I was out of town and shocked to learn of your Dad’s passing. Our deepest sympathy and God’s blessings.