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John A. "Pop Pop" Welling Jr.

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John A. Welling, Jr., affectionately known to all hearts he touched as "POP POP", passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Capital Health Fuld Campus with his loving family by his side. Born in Trenton,and grew up in Yardley, PA, John has resided in Ewing Township for 45 years. John graduated from Darrow School, a private boys school in Lebanon, NY. John earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Michigan State University in 1962. He later earned his Masters Degree in Special Education from Trenton State College in 1968, while teaching Special Education and Physical Education classes full time as a teacher with Trenton School District. Learning was an ongoing undertaking for John as he took graduate courses at Temple University; Rider College; and Glassboro State College. During those years of higher education, he earned certifications as a supervisor; a principal; a teacher of the handicapped; a teacher of health and physical education K-12; a teacher of general Science 9-12; and a learning disability consultant. John also managed to serve Trenton Central High School as the head wresting coach and assistant football coach from 1969-1977. After retiring from the field of education, John continued to work as a realtor for the next two decades. John's love for teaching was not his only avenue for helping others. From 1972-1988, he spent his summers working at children's summer camps for the mentally challenged. John fulfilled the role of assistant director/waterfront director in 1972 and 1973 at the New Jersey Camp Columbus in Bamber Lake. From 1973 to 1974, John was the camp director for Holiday House Camp in Delaware, NJ. From 1975-1988, he served as camp director for the New Jersey Camp Jaycee in Effort, PA. With Camp Jaycee, he organized the first camp staff and instituted the first program in the 1975 and over the years obtained accreditations from the American Camping Association, and oversaw the training of the staff; the supervision of all operations; and the development of policies on health, safety and standards. John also served his community and students as President of the Ewing High School Parents Club from 1977-1981; as a Little League baseball coach; as a Special Olympics volunteer; as a member of the Prospect Heights Volunteer Fire Company since 1990; and as a certified NJSIAA track and swimming official. John also served Ewing Township as a member of the Ewing Senior Advisory Committee and the Condemnation Board. John was a member and proud supporter of the Ewing Lions Club since 1975,served in the United States Marine Corp Reserves,enjoyed being with people and is favorite place to be was the beach and the golf course as for the past 35 years, he and his family vacationed in Myrtle Beach, SC. John's most enjoyable times were with his loving family, grandchildren and friends. He was a powerful and loving man which was proven from the impact that he had on many lives that he touched and souls he helped. John was predeceased by his parents, John A. and Loretto Bracken Welling, sister, Mary Della Smith, and twin granddaughters Ashley Marie and Haley Marie Bartkowski. John is survived by his wife of 51 years; Anne R. Wilson-Welling; a son and daughter-in-law; John A. and Colleen Welling, III; of Tabernacle, two daughters and sons-in-law; Kimberly A. and Anthony F. Messina; of Ewing,and Lori and Larry Murray; of Ewing. Five grandchildren; Courtney Bartkowski; Erin Welling; Kendall Bartkowski; John A. (Jack) Welling, IV; and Rachel Anne Messina; many nieces nephews, great nieces and great nephews. John was very blessed to have an angel as a caregiver and friend, Denise White. Calling hours will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 21) and from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday (Dec.22) at Fitzgerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Ave. (River Road), Yardley, PA. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11a.m. on Saturday (Dec.22) at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Upper Ferry Road, West Trenton, NJ; followed by burial at Ewing Church Cemetery, Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Ewing Lions Club; 62 Bakun Way, Ewing NJ, 08638; New Jersey Special Olympics, 3 Princess Road, Lawrence, NJ 08648; or to the Prospect Heights Volunteer Fire Company, 1660 Ninth Street, Ewing, NJ 08638.
Published in The Trentonian on Dec. 20, 2012
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