ADDISON, Sr., 86
LAKELAND - John Robert Addison, Sr., passed away peacefully from natural causes on 3/5/14.
He was born in Philadelphia, PA on 10/29/27 to Edward T. & Adelene Addison. Survived by his brother, Edward T. Addison Jr. in Pennsylvania, children: John R. Addison Jr., Valerie A. Clanton, Mark C. Addison Sr., their spouses, their mother, Suzanne Addison, and grandchildren Brittany, Michael, Mark Jr., Anna, and Nicholas.
John cherished his childhood, often speaking fondly of his family. As a boy, his mother had a hard time keeping him inside. He and neighborhood kids used a vacant field, makeshift bases, taped balls, and cracked bats to play baseball.
In 1945, he began playing baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics. Drafted by the Army in 1946 and discharged in 1947, John quickly returned to baseball until 1949. He remained involved, playing a key role in the development of the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society. John enjoyed his role as Vice President for Player Relations and the camaraderie that came with it. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Services will be held there at 4450 Harden Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33813 on Saturday March 15. Memorial services will begin at l pm, with visitation beginning at 12pm, and reception following the memorial.
Charitable donations can be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Scholarship Fund.
Published in Ledger from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2014