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John F. Dolphin

May 1, 2018

John (Jack) Dolphin, 89, passed away May 1st at Heather Glen Senior Living Center in Allentown, PA after a battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  He was the husband of the late Helen Mazur Dolphin, who passed away in 2012.  They were married for 60 years.

Born in Shenandoah, PA, Jack was the son of John and Helen Chernesky Dolphin.  In 1957, Jack moved his young family to Newark, Delaware, where he and Helen lived for the next 55 years. He accepted a position at the new Tidewater Oil Company refinery in Delaware City, DE where he worked as an Operator and Shift Foreman for the next 36 years, retiring in 1993 as a Texaco Oil company employee.  He also enjoyed working part-time for several years in the original Brookside Hardware store.
In the 1960’s and 70’s, Jack was a coach in the Brookside Little League and the Newark Babe Ruth League, twice coaching the All-Star team to the Babe Ruth League state championship.  He was also active in the Christiana High School Athletic Booster Club. Jack was an avid bowler, bowling in 3 different leagues until age 84.

Jack is survived by sons, Daniel, wife Sue of Bethlehem, PA, John, wife, Shawn of Mt. Pleasant, SC and David, companion, Charlotte Dixon, of Atlanta, GA.  He is also survived by daughter, Diane Rocker, husband, Erni, of New London, PA.  He is survived by five grandsons, Brian Dolphin of Middletown, DE, Josh Dolphin of Bethlehem, PA, Dr. Tyler Dolphin of Miami, FL, William Rocker and David Rocker of New London, PA and two great grandsons, Anthony Dolphin and Daniel Dolphin of Middletown, DE.  Jack was preceded in death by sisters, Helen and Madeline and brothers, Andrew and Peter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Monday, May 7th at Holy Angels Church, 82 Possum Park Road in Newark, DE 19711.  A viewing will be held at the church from 10-11 am.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heather Glen Senior Living Center for making the last months of Jack’s life as enjoyable as possible.  He truly appreciated the activities and socialization he experienced at the facility.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jack’s name to Heather Glen Senior Living Center, Memory Care Activities Department, 415 Blue Barn Rd. Allentown, PA 18104. To send condolences, visit: 302 999 8277


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