John “Jack” Carl Colvin

John “Jack” Carl Colvin, age 73, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA following a brief battle with cancer and a lifelong battle with heart disease. He leaves his wife of 45 years, Constance (Sahm) Colvin; sons Deven Crane, Sean Colvin and wife April; daughter Sara Colvin; sisters Donna Vanscoy and Sandee Buell; grandchildren Alyssa, Raistlin, Arowynn, Adeiron, Skye Colvin-Flowers and a host of other relatives. Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, the son of Catherine and Earl Colvin, he was a lifelong resident of Syracuse. After graduating from Jordan Elbridge High School in 1964 where he was voted “Most Talkative” and “Best Dancer,” he joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Kansas, Wyoming, Mississippi, and several other assignments. He met his wife, Constance Sahm, in Syracuse and they were married in 1974 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cicero, NY. Using skills and knowledge he learned serving with the Air Force, Mr. Colvin worked for General Electric in Turkey and Alaska and then Anaren Microwave in Syracuse, a leading global designer of high-frequency RF and microelectronics for aerospace and defense application. He not only took pride in his work, but retained perfect attendance status up until he was forced to retire in 1998 due to a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy.In 1999 at the age of 53, Mr. Colvin was the recipient of a heart transplant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and lived to be in the top 13th percentile of heart transplant survivors. Mr. Colvin had a passion for Syracuse University sports. For over 30 years, he would volunteer his time to usher at the Syracuse Carrier Dome, earning him local celebrity status as “The Syracuse Dancing Usher” while he lead his section in dances such as the YMCA during games. Mr. Colvin moved with his wife Connie to Jefferson, GA in 2014  to be closer to their children and grandchildren. In his retirement he enjoyed golfing, playing trivia with friends, spending time with his family and, of course, Syracuse football and basketball. A memorial mass will be held 2:00 pm Monday, November 25, 2019 at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Jefferson, GA.  Memorial contributions may be made to Emory Healthcare.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA 30548, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org, 706-654-0966.

 

 

13 thoughts on “John “Jack” Carl Colvin”

  1. Jack will be truly missed by everyone. Connie and Jack had more friends than anyone I know and made the most out of every day…….

  2. Sending prayers for you and my deepest condolences for Jack’s passing. I will never forget his amazing chapter of life at Univ Of Penn and pray for his new Life dancing as healed now.

  3. It was a privilege knowing Jack. He always had something witty to say. He will be missed in our over 55 community. I’m happy he had a loving family, especially his wife, Connie. They displayed the true love they felt for each over. You will be missed Jack.

  4. Jack’s smile, his wicked sense of humor, his dancing, and his birds will keep him alive in my heart always. I send my heartfelt condolences……❤️, and love.

  5. I’ve been praying for you and Jack when I read your Facebook messages. Sorry about Jack. Praying for you and your family.

  6. We met you while on our honeymoon on a cruise in the middle of the Mediterranean. How amazing to meet people from home! And then our paths kept crossing as you made your art & crafts and we did shows together! And THEN we learned you were neighbors when we moved to Cicero! Dan and I hope to have a marriage like yours – you both have always been gracious, kind, and full of love. Jack is a special person, one that we will never forget, and we are sending love to you and your family now. With Love, Ann & Dan Canastra

  7. Our most sincere sympathy and love is with you Constance and family. We will keep you in our prayers for strength and peace in this difficult moment. Rest In Peace Jack. Blessings from Luis & María Santiago ( Your neighbors from The Waters)

  8. Connie, Deven, Sean & Sara,

    So very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your memories will keep him alive in your hearts forever. He is dancing in heaven.

    Gina, Tom, Tommy & Kevin Cusworth

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