WILLIAMSBURG - Capt. John Francis Rump, aged 77, passed away suddenly on Oct. 19, 2011, after a brief battle with Lymphoma and Heart Disease.
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Born in Malden, Mass., July 19, 1934, to John and Alice Rump, John Rump grew up loving basketball, the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics. He attended Malden High School where he was known for his involvement in many activities and was a scholar athlete. He excelled as a leader on and off the basketball court, an attribute that would be a hallmark of his life.
Upon graduating from high school, John joined the United States Navy in 1952. His dedicated and decorated service was highlighted by the historic events of June 22, 1955, when the P2 Neptune air reconnaissance plane he was serving aboard was shot down over Kodiak, Alaska by Soviet fighter jets. The plane crashed and John along with his commander and other crew members rescued their fellow crew from the burning wreckage, assuring that all the men would survive this ordeal and ensure many happy reunions with his crewmates.
Upon leaving the Navy in 1958, John attended The Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor's degree and where he met and married his wife of 29 years, Agnes. Moving his family back to Massachusetts in 1961, John continued his education at Boston University, earning a Master's degree in Psychology and later another Master's degree in Education from Salem State College, where he also served as a member of the faculty, in their Professional Development Program in the 1970's.
John's education and leadership led him to a career in public education as a guidance counselor in Brookline and Tewksbury, Mass. In the early 1970's he helped reform and advance the role of vocational education at Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School in Wakefield, Mass., where he served as the Director of Guidance until his retirement in 1988.
Serving his country in the Navy fostered an additionally celebrated and decorated career for John as he joined the United States Coast Guard Reserve in 1964, spending time over the next 28 years at the USCG Reserve Training Center at Yorktown and USCG Station Boston. In 1984 John achieved the rank of Captain and retired with honors.
Upon retiring from education and the Coast Guard, John returned with his wife, Agnes to Williamsburg, Va., where he enjoyed golfing, fishing and socializing with the many old and new friends they had made.
Captain Rump is predeceased by his wife, Agnes Reilly Rump, and is survived by his current wife, Laura Sherman of Williamsburg, Va. He is also survived by his daughter, Alice Anne Barbo and her husband, William of Groton, Mass.; their daughters, Carolyn Barbo of Washington, D.C., and Emily Barbo of Groton, Mass.; daughter, Jeane' Trevino of Williamsburg, Va.; daughter, Karen Martin and her husband, Chad and their son, Kameron Martin of Newport News, Va.; daughter, Kathy Driscoll and her husband, John and their children, Delaney, Emma, Jack and Bud, all of E. Falmouth, Mass. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Rump Sanderson and her husband, Walter of Exeter, N.H. In addition, John is survived by many extended family members including sister-in-law, Nancy Reilly Bachofer and her husband, Louis, brother-in-law, Ed Reilly and his wife, Delores, all of West Chester, Pa. He is remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins and Laura's extended family, including her children, Laurie and Jeff Smithdeal, John and Vickie Royall, Michelle and Darin Frank, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, all of Virginia.
The family will receive visitors from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. A funeral service will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Chapel at the USCG Reserve Training Center in Yorktown, Va. Internment at Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a time to be determined.
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Published in Daily Press from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2011