John Monick Sr., 95, of Mountain Top, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, surrounded by his loving family at home.
Born Aug. 16, 1922, in Wilkes-Barre Twp. to the late Margaret Davis and Michael Yakuboski, he received his honorary diploma from GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre, in 2011.
Jack was a baseball player of high standards where he learned to play ball with a peach basket and a sock on a ball, which lead him 10 years later to be drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The dream never came to fruition, as Pop entered the U. S. Navy in 1946. Pop still holds the record for the most strikeouts when he defeated 18 players in a game against Exeter High School. Jack played basketball, football, and was a boxer in the community setting.
In the community Jack worked with the Lehigh Valley Railroad, drove a taxi, repaired TVs, was on the developmental programming for the Kingston Pool, coached Kingston Little League, played Santa and at the age of 75 began playing golf at Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf League.
After fours years in the U. S. Navy, Jack came home and married Dolores Grivner, whom he was married to for 67 years.
Jack leaves behind three children and their spouses, Jack Jr. and wife, Valarie, Donna Albright and husband, Bill, and Michelle Grant and husband, David; six grandchildren; and 8½ great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Jack’s life was held at Daniel J. Hughes Funeral & Cremation Service, 617 Carey Ave., Wilkes-Barre.
Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 50 First St., Memphis, TN 38105.