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John P. "Jock" Denio, age 95, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, 2017 at the Munson Hospice House. Jock was born on March 24, 1922 to Fayette and Lucy (Shannon) Denio in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where he grew up with his three older sisters, Lucy, Tean and Julie.
Before completing his Bachelor of Arts at Amherst College and his master's in education at Boston University, he served during World War II as a medical technical in the U.S. Army Air Force's 830th MAES (flight 12) on the Cairo-Karachi route.
After beginning his teaching career at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he moved to Michigan in 1961 to become headmaster of Brookside School Cranbrook for over 20 years.
He moved permanently to Traverse City in 1994 with his wife, Sue, after retiring from his book business, Children, Naturally. He continued to stay active in the community, including work with the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy and hosting a Saturday radio program about jazz on WNMC when he was in his 80s. He faithfully volunteered at the library, attended the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and went on special outings for the past few years with the devoted assistance of the caregivers at The Crystal Penny, to whom the family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne "Sue" McCort Denio, of Traverse City; daughters, Anne (Bob) Wiley, of St. Petersburg, Florida, Kitty (Nick) Jospe, of Rochester, New York, and Amy Denio, of Seattle, Washington; four grandchildren, Geoff, Kristen, Alexandra and Christophe; and in-laws, Joe (Nancy) Muha and their children, Beth Karczewski, Bill and Todd Muha.
A celebration of life is planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the First Congregational Church of Traverse City.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to The Civic Strings Ensemble Program of the TSO, 300 E. Front St., Ste. 230, Traverse City, MI 49684; or to the Peninsula Community Library Building Fund, 2699 Island View Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.
Kindly share thoughts and memories with Jock's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on December 3, 2017
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