John R. Strong, of Chalfont, PA, passed away peacefully Friday, May 4, 2018 at Doylestown Hospital. He was 91.
Born in Virginia’s Eastern Shore in 1926, he moved to Morrisville when he was a child and later to Doylestown, PA. He attended Doylestown High School and Greenbriar Military Academy in West Virginia. John served in the United States Army Air Corp during WWII and was stationed in southern France. Upon his return from active duty, he attended Temple University and married his beloved wife of 67 years Jane Halderman.
John began his career in agriculture while running his father and in;aws farms. John went on to work for Wirthmore Feeds in New Jersey running nineteen of their experimental farms. He returned to Chalfont in 1960 to begin a new career in swimming pool sales with the newly created Sylvan Pools in Doylestown. John enjoyed an illustrious career, winning many awards and accolades within the commercial swimming pool industry. During this time, John and Jane created Lenape Valley Swim and Tennis Club in Chalfont (1964-2013). The swim club was the source of wonderful recreational memories to many in the Chalfont and surrounding areas.
John had a propensity and devotion to community and church service. He was a member of the Chalfont Fire Co., Chalfont Planning Commission, Chalfont Borough Council/Zoning Board, POS of A, a past National President and lifelong member, Doylestown Rotary, March of Dimes – Regional and National, Doylestown American Legion, Swim Facility Operators of America- National Swim and Recreation Assoc. lifelong member.
John was active in his faith at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hilltown serving on the Vestry, Senior Warden and many committees. John also possessed a travel lust and he and his wife loved to travel the globe especially Tortola, BVI.
John was preceded in death by his wife Jane. He is survived by his beloved children Kay Bahner (the late Bob), Kathy Strong, Rick Strong (Terry) and Scott Strong. Also surviving are five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Friends and family are invited to attend his viewing 7-9PM, Friday, May 11, 2018 at Scanlin Funeral Home, 175 East Butler Ave., Chalfont, PA and his Funeral Service 11 AM, Saturday, May 12 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church 1640 Hilltown Pike, Hilltown, PA. Interment will follow at Whitemarsh Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, PO Box 132, Hilltown, PA 18927 or Chalfont Fire Company, 301 N. Main Street, Chalfont, PA 18914.