John D. “Jack” Hontz of West Chester, music educator, church member and community servant, died suddenly on Friday, June 23, 2017. He was 57 years old. Through his music, education, church, sports and community service, Jack was given the rare opportunity to touch thousands of young lives. Jack was a zealous music educator. A 1978 graduate of Newton High School in Newton, New Jersey, Jack earned his B.A. (Music Education) and M.A. (Music Performance) from West Chester University. For the past 34 years, Jack grew the Strath Haven High School bands and orchestra, touching the lives of generations of students. Jack was active in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, serving as District 12 President. Jack was a 15 year volunteer to the Great Valley Little League, as assistant coach, coach and as President. His coaching of the 2014 All-Star Senior League Team, which included his youngest son, to the Pennsylvania State Championship, was a cherished memory. Jack was a life-long, active and faithful servant of the United Methodist Church Jack was an active community servant and volunteer. He was a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Media. Jack was devoted to his family. He worked energetically with his beloved wife of 28 years, Cindy, in raising four children: Jack (25), David (22), Matthew (19) and Emily (16). He is also survived by his parents, Jack and Elizabeth Hontz, two brothers: David Hontz and his wife Donna; and Mark Hontz and his wife, Stephanie all of Newton NJ and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation at the Strath Haven High School’s George H. Slick Auditorium, 205 S Providence Rd, Wallingford, PA, on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 1p.m. through 6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Grove United Methodist Church, 490 Boot Road, West Chester on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the Hontz Family asks that friends consider making a contribution to the Hontz Family Education Fund C/O Bryn Mawr Trust 849 Paoli Pike West Chester PA 19380. Arrangements by DellaVechia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. West Chester 610-696-1181

Published in The Daily Times on June 27, 2017


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