EASTBROOK and ELLSWORTH — John H. “Jack” Jordan, 81, passed away peacefully Jan. 9, 2011, at an Ellsworth hospital after a short illness. He was born March 23, 1929, in Ellsworth, the son of Herman A. and Anna “Nan” M. (Doyle) Jordan.
Jack was a United States Air Force veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was a gifted athlete and was a graduate of Ellsworth High School in 1947, where he played three seasons of baseball losing only one game. Jack played semi-pro baseball locally on the Lamoine team, later managing it. He also played for the minor league theater system of baseball, for the team formerly known as the Philadelphia Athletics. Then, after joining the service, he played for their U.S. Air Force baseball in the United States and in Europe. Jack worked for New England Telephone Co. as it changed hands many times and retired with Verizon in 1983 after several decades of service in the Ellsworth area. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth and the Telephone Pioneers. Jack liked to spend time at his camp in Eastbrook writing fictional stories and composing music that he played on his accordion.
He is survived by his wife, Elsbeth of Ellsworth; three sons, James and his wife, Coral, of Hermon, Larry of Portsmouth, N.H., and Peter and his wife, Donna, of Standish; four grandchildren, Steven and Ryan Jordan of Standish, Renee Jordan of Boston, Mass., and Caleb Jordan of Portsmouth, N.H. He is also survived by his sister, Ernestine “Sis” and her husband, Bob Clement, of Hancock; brothers, Calvin of Ellsworth, Rodney of Ellsworth, and Charles and his wife, Marsha, of Portland.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth, UCC, 2 Church St., with the Rev. Nick Davis officiating. Family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments following the service at the Church Fellowship Hall. Spring interment will be in Woodbine Cemetery, Ellsworth. A service of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 215 Main St., Ellsworth. Condolences can be sent at www.bradgonkelley.com.