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John "Jack" Henry Potts

September 15, 1935 — May 9, 2024

Enola

John “Jack” Henry Potts, age 88, of Enola, died on Thursday, May 9, 2024. Jack was born on Sunday, September 15, 1935, in Lancaster, PA to the late John Potts and Catherine (Umble) Potts. In addition to his parents, Jack is preceded in death by his two brothers: Louis Potts, Raymond Potts; and his faithful canine companions: Mittens, Tasha, Rex and Ginger.

 

Jack’s survivors include his wife of 64 years, Shirley S. Potts; his two children: Tammy (Potts) Gobbel, J. Drew Potts and wife, Lori; his three grandchildren: Erik Potts, Shane Potts, Brian Potts; his three step-grandchildren: Mike Birchfield, Dan Birchfield, Melanie Shank; his five step-great-grandchildren; his two sisters: Patricia Henry, Mabel Miller; and several nieces and nephews. 


Jack was a remarkable man. He was born with a degenerative eye disease. He didn't experience his limited vision and eventual blindness as a handicap, but as a life defining challenge.  He gave his time and service to organizations that aided the blind in their pursuit to live independent and productive lives.  These organizations included The Federation for the Blind, The Council for the Blind, Blind Bowlers and Blind Vendors. He was a teacher and friend to many Blind operators.He also served for over fifty years with the Lions Club International, from which he received a Melvin Jones Fellow award. 


Jack was full of curiosity and he pursued all of his interests with an unrelenting determination not to be hindered by his blindness. Along the way he found and sustained many friendships. Jack enjoyed his HAM radio and belonged to several Amateur radio clubs. A shout out to all of his radio friends, from the loved ones of ka3ijn. In his fifties, Jack took up carpentry as a hobby. His mentor and friend was another Blind man. Their vision didn't require sight. For many years, Jack and his wife Shirley shared fellowship, social events and trips with their beloved church family. Their Sunday school class will remember Jack's home brewed "best coffee in town". Everyone will remember his great sense of humor. He was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He was a wonderful husband and father.

Jack will be dearly missed by those who were fortunate enough to have known him. If you are joining us for the Funeral/Celebration, consider wearing something colorful. It would honor Jack, who was looking forward to seeing all the colors he could only imagine!


All are welcome to join Jack’s family at his gathering of family and friends on Friday, May 17, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 p.m. at Buhrig Funeral & Cremation, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Pastor Bryan Sanders officiating. Jack’s family invites everyone to join them for a time of food and fellowship at Buhrig’s Gathering Place (next to the funeral home) immediately following the service. Burial will follow the reception in Rolling Green Cemetery in Camp Hill. 


In lieu of flowers, contributions in celebration of Jack’s life can be made to Bible Baptist Church Shiremanstown, 201 West Vine Street, Shiremanstown, PA 17011, https://app.clovergive.com/app/Giving/clodo-biblebaptistchurchofshiremanstown or the Camp Hill Lions Club, P.O. Box 663, Camp Hill, PA 17001.

 

Jack’s family has entrusted his care to Buhrig Funeral & Cremation in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421. Read Jack’s full obituary, view his memorial video, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign his official guest book by visiting Buhrig.com.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Friday, May 17, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Funeral Service

Friday, May 17, 2024

12:00 - 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

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37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Reception

Friday, May 17, 2024

12:45 - 2:15 pm (Eastern time)

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Friday, May 17, 2024

2:45 - 3:15 pm (Eastern time)

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