John Martin Major
Published in the Erie
Times-News on December 7, 2009
John Martin ("Jack")
Major, Jr., 70, of Erie, Pa., died December 5 at St. Vincent Health Center.
He was born in Erie on September 11, 1939, a son of the late John Martin
Jack graduated from Strong Vincent High School and then signed and played
for the New York Yankees minor league in Florida for three years.
Jack served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, for
which he earned a "Good Conduct" medal. He worked at Erie Strayer
Company for 43 years and would have retired this year.
He was an associate member of Immanuel Baptist Church, the Erie Maennerchor
Club, the Polish Falcons Club, the Siebenbuerger Club and the Dan Rice
Tent of Saint and Sinners.
He umpired for and served as the Commissioner of the Glenwood Baseball
League for 12 years and coached boys' soccer and baseball. Jack also coached
for NEBCO Post 11 of the American Legion. He was an avid golfer and loved
to read and to work crossword puzzles. Jack was a diehard Steelers' fan
and enjoyed watching hockey.
He is survived by his mother, Arlene G. Major, of Erie; his wife of 45
years, Carolyn Jeanne (Woods) Major; his son, John Martin Major, III,
of Erie, and his fiancé, Jessica Schnell, of Erie; two daughters,
Amy Jean Major, of North Carolina, and Deborah Ann Major, of Erie; one
sister, Patricia Baumann, and her husband, Kenneth Baumann, of Panama
City, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Quincy, Alynah, Nalani, and John Martin
Major, IV. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Family and friends will be received at the Brugger Home for Funerals,
1595 W. 38th St., on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at which time a funeral service
will be conducted by Rev. John R. Elliott, Pastor of Immanuel Baptist
Church. A private interment will be held by the family at their convenience.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Erie City Mission, 1023 French
St., Erie, PA 16501, Boys and Girls Baseball of Erie, 1740 W. 21st St.,
Erie, PA 16502, or Immanuel Baptist Church, 901 W. 28th St., Erie, PA