John A. Willoughby - Merritt Island - John "Jack" Willoughby, age 70, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 under the care of Wuesthoff Hospice Care Center, Rockledge. His wife, Edie Huff Willoughby; sister, Ardis Willoughby Davis and brother-in-law, Jim Davis were by his side. He was previously visited by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Christine Huff Fewell and Chuck Fewell; his dog, Brie and friend, Jamie Irvin. Jack, born in Denver, CO, grew up in Gatun, Canal Zone at The Panama Canal. After a 36 year career in teaching wood shop, industrial arts and geography in St. Cloud, FL; Franklin, TN; and the Canal Zone/Panama he retired in 1999 to Merritt Island, FL. An avid fisherman of the oceans around the Republic of Panama and Gatun Lake at The Panama Canal, he also enjoyed hunting in his younger days. Jack was a talented carpenter, creating useful furniture for his home from tropical woods. He is predeceased by his mother and father, Ida Banghart Willoughby and Frederick C.Willoughby; and his older brother, William Willoughby, all of Huntsville, AL. Jack is survived by his wife of 36 years, Edith "Edie" Huff Willoughby of Merritt Island; his sister and brother-in-law, Ardis and Jim Davis of New Boston, MI; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Chuck and Christine Huff Fewell of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; brother-in-law and sister-in- law, Don and Laurie Duquette Huff of New Baltimore, MI; sister-in-law, Ann Edwards Willoughby of Huntsville, AL and five nieces and nephews. A gathering of friends to share memories is scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd at 5 p.m. at his home on Merritt Island. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Animal Friends for Life, P.O. Box 340, Sapphire, NC 28774.

Published by FloridaToday on Jan. 21, 2010.
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My condolences to the family. I remember the Willoughby family as next door neighbors in New Town, Gatun, C.Z. I went to CHS with his older brother, Bill and I remember Ardis. I'm very sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Carlton Croft, CHS class of 1950.
Carlton Croft
January 23, 2010
I grew up with Jack and Harry Keepers in Gatun. As a boy, he was very quiet, but always ready to play Tarzan in the jungle, go swimming in Gatun Lake, or play football in the mud. We lost contact after CHS, when we went our separate ways, and I never knew him as an adult. My condolences to his wife Edie.
Raymond Croft
January 23, 2010
Edie, my deepest condolences to you and Jack's family. I have such fond memories going back many, many years and the additional memories of BHS, CJHS, and CMS. I also still have the cake boards that Jack made for me :-)
Kathie Lavallee Sears
January 23, 2010
I have a hard time calling him "Jack," because he was always "Mr. Willoughby," our high school shop teacher. For so MANY of us he was a great mentor and leader. In a quiet but very effective way, he taught us many things. About shop and building things, many of which, we (or our mothers) still have today. But mostly he taught us about ourselves, and what we could accomplish if we set our minds to it. For that, I will always be grateful. He changed many lives in a very positive way, and was a Blessing to so many. Rest in Peace Jack.
Bob Medinger
January 22, 2010
Mrs. Willoughby,

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me at this most trying time. I wanted to express my condolences for your loss.

My name is Kreg D. Cobb, Balboa High School Class of 1975 one of your husbands many students. Your husband, Mr. Willoughby was my High School Shop Teacher, and one of those people who made a difference in my life. Shop was one of my favorite classes.

I enlisted in the United States Army December 1974, delayed entry program. However my father’s requirement for signing my papers was that I graduate from high school. I did and graduated June 1975. I served my country proudly as a Combat Engineer, upon completion; I was honorably discharged June of 1978. Upon my discharge I found I did not have any civilian related occupational skills, and qualified for no local jobs.

I finally got a job based upon my High school shop skills.

My High school shop skills helped me in the Army, and after. I have handed down those skills to my 3 sons and daughter and my three grandsons are presently learning.

I am grateful to have had Mr. Willoughby as my Shop teacher and am grateful for High school shop. Today Many High Schools don’t have shop, not enough money they say, and that makes me sad. The skills your husband taught me I passed on to my children, as they had no high school shop or no Mr. Willoughby. And I still have many of my projects that I made in shop, still around some 35 years later ‘ that’s quality” from shop. These are not stuffed in a closet but are in use today.

Thank you Mr. Willoughby, you made a difference, you will be missed. God Bless you.

Kreg D. Cobb

BHS 1975
Kreg Cobb
January 22, 2010
Jack was in my class in CHS. He was very quiet and he was my friend because he was always nice and everybody's friend. I know you all will miss him.
Mary "Mike" Coffey Blennerhassett
January 22, 2010
My condolences to the family. I remember John from my days in the Canal Zone.. He sure will be missed by so many people. God watch over you Edie and your family.
Sharon Tully
January 22, 2010
I will always remember Jack, the many great times we had on the football field and in the halls of CHS. He and his smile will be missed. My deepest condolences to the family.
Jimmy Brooks, CHS 58
Jimmy Brooks
January 21, 2010
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