Jon C. Countess

YORK Jon Claibourne Countess, 79, of Spring Garden Township,died at 5:40 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at Manor Care Health Services South. He was the oldest son of Jac E. and Mary Bivins Geron Countess of Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from Huntsville High School in 1953 as salutatorian. He attended the University of Alabama, transferred, and graduated from Auburn University in 1958 as a Mechanical Engineer. He was member of the Tau Beta Pi honorary society. He came to York to work as an engineer for York Borg-Warner. He attended The Dickinson School of Law and graduated as a member of Law Review in 1964. He practiced law for 50 years with Countess, Gilbert, Andrews (now known as CGA Law Firm). He recently told his son-in-law that he loved going to work each day. He had a passion for practicing law and considered his clients and coworkers to be extended family. His family is grateful to all of his coworkers at CGA for making his life so meaningful. Over the years he was actively involved with numerous charitable and civic organizations. Jon is survived by his wife Rosemary Henisse of 53 wonderful years. His greatest pride and joy were his three children, Madeline Geron Countess and husband James Brueneman, Jon Douglas Countess and wife Mariko, and Frank Henisse Countess and wife Rebecca Kingston Countess. He had eight fabulous grandchildren, Peter Claibourne Brueneman, Jac Henisse Brueneman, Joseph Countess Brueneman, Zoe Rose Countess, Claibourne Douglas Countess, Ella Maria Countess, Elizabeth Geron Countess, and Alan Kingston Countess. His grandfather, Claibourne Geron, would be thrilled to know that his Southern lineage had successfully invaded the North. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Thomas Countess of Decatur, Alabama. He is survived by a brother Richard Countess of Orlando, Florida. He also leaves behind his trusted paralegal, Christine Garrett and his precious Boston Terrier, Sweet Pea. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, 231 S. Beaver St., York, with his close personal friend, Father Carl Tancredi, officiating. Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc., 863 S. George St., York is in charge of arrangements. The family requests that all who would like to do something in Jon's memory to do a random act of kindness in honor of his favorite movie, "Pay it Forward". In lieu of flowers, the family encourages friends to make a donation to the York County Bar Foundation, 137 East Market Street, York, PA 17401 or to their favorite charity. The family wishes to thank the many friends who visited him, sent cards or flowers and the professional and compassionate staff at Manor Care South. These gestures truly made his last months more pleasant. Jon was overwhelmed with the kindness he received. God be with Jon and each of you. KuhnerAssociates.com

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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Apr. 23, 2014