PUBLISHED: Tuesday, February 20, 2007
John J. December
John Joseph December, 73, of Homosassa, Fla., died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, at Hospice House in Lecanto, Fla. He was born July 13, 1933, in Mount Clemens.
Mr. December was a seasonal resident of Florida for the past 14 years. He retired after 34 years of teaching in the Warren Consolidated Schools, where he also worked as a basketball coach and athletic director. He served in the U.S. Army.
'He loved spending time with his family and was an avid golfer and tennis player,' a family member said.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann, of Homosassa, Fla.; daughters, Susan (David) Garrick of Crystal River, Fla., Maribeth (Kevin) Ponticelli of Northbrook, Ill., and Julie December of St. Augustine, Fla.; son, John December of Richmond; five sisters; one brother; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River, Fla.
As a young teacher, he guided me for four years (1974 to 1978). A fine gentleman. I started out making 8,000 dollars per year and since Jack was now the Athletic Director, he would get me part-time jobs like taking tickets, keeping girls and boys basketball scores and coaching girls softball. He even hired my wife as the female lockerrom attendant when I coached girls sports. This effort, by Jack to help me earn more money, allowed me to feed my family and pay the mortgage. I will never, ever forget this great man who went out of his way to be kind to my family and I. He lives on for eternity. God bless him and hold him in the palm of HIS hand.