Jan 27 2015
John George Handforth, 83, passed away on Saturday,
January 24, 2015. John was born September 13, 1931 in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania to the late Wright & Freida Handforth. After retiring from
30 years as a Longshoreman in Philadelphia, John and his wife Hester moved
to Jacksonville nine years ago to be closer to their daughters. He was a
loving, supportive and caring husband, father, and father-in-law and will
be dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Hester
Handforth (Shields) and 13 brothers and sisters. Survivors include his
daughters, Donna Handforth and Hester Gammage; son-in-law, Stanley
Fletcher Gammage; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A
private family service will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015. In lieu
of flowers, the family requests donations be made in John’s memory to
either the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC.org) 40 West 20th St.
NY, NY 10011 or St. Joseph’s Indian School (STJO.org) PO Box 300, 1301 N
Main St. Chamberlain SD 57325-0300.