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John Albert "Bingo" Weaver

COAL TOWNSHIP — John Albert "Bingo" Weaver, 80, of West Spruce Street, died at 1:22 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, after succumbing to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

He was born and raised in Coal Township, and spent most of his life there except for a stint in the U.S. Army, and a few years thereafter when he worked in Harrisburg. He served in the Army from 1953 until 1955.

In January 1956, John married the former Frances Mertz, who survives. They established a residence in Harrisburg. His death ends a marital union of 57 years.

In his early years, he worked various odd jobs associated with the coal mining and delivery business. He worked for John Staph Construction Co., until returning to Coal Township to start his family in 1959, and resided on West Spruce Street for the rest of his life. He worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for eight years and then worked 22 years with the Coal Township Street Department until his retirement in 1995. Always a hard worker, for many years he also held a second job with Standard Railroad Builders, where he introduced his children to his strong work ethic.

He enjoyed sports and cheered loudly for his teams. He followed the Cincinnati Reds, the Detroit Lions, the Kentucky Wildcats (basketball), and more recently, the Miami Hurricanes (football). We're not sure why he adopted the Hurricanes, but we think he liked to spark debates with the local Penn State and Notre Dame fans about which team was best.

John was a frequent traveler, often visiting exotic places such as Porchville, USA, and Marion Heights. He was a life member of both the Fairview Gun Club and the Maine Fire Company, where he could often be found drinking his favorite amber beverages, shooting pool, or playing a hand of euchre or gin.

He had a passion for animals and often used his rolled up copy of The News-Item to show his affection for the family's cat of 18 years. He could frequently be heard expressing his concern after leaving the cat outside, "Maybe she won't come back." She always did.

John collected a great deal of wisdom during his time on Earth and could often be heard dispensing it in large doses to his grateful family and friends: "Give it a rest," "Save your money," "Go sit down and read a book," "Shut the door, you're letting all the heat out," "Quit opening and shutting the refrigerator, you're gonna break the door," "Go ahead and do it, you're going to do it anyway," or "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." These were just a few of his favorites. There are many more too numerous to list here.

He had a strong concern for the environment and was "green" before the term was popularized. He could often be heard encouraging his children to save electricity by asking the question, "Do you have stock in the PPL?" He also had the family rely on mass transit and human powered propulsion in the late 1970s when he refused to replace the family car. We suspect he was concerned about carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere before climate change was "proven."

In his later years, he became an avid walker, sometimes walking ten miles per day. He continued to walk as long as he was physically able.

In addition to his wife, he leaves behind two sons, Kirk Weaver, of Coal Township, and Douglas Weaver and his wife, Margaret McKinney, of Chevy Chase, Md.; two daughters, Jennifer Weaver, of Miami, Fla., and Tonya (Weaver) Leschinskie and her husband, Joseph, of Shamokin; seven grandchildren, Jakob and Abigail Weaver, Pacey Thompson, Natalie Leschinskie, John, Seth and Matthew Weaver; and many close friends.

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WEAVER — John Albert "Bingo" Weaver, 80, of West Spruce Street, Coal Township. A celebration of his life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Fairview Gun Club, Coal Township. All who knew him are welcome.

Published in News Item on Mar. 25, 2013
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