John Greasley Reddick Jr., 76, of Burlington, died on January 29, 2020 at Apple Rehab Center in Avon of radiation necrosis. He was born on September 14, 1943 in Richmond, VA to John and Frances (Jillson) Reddick. He grew up in Thomaston, with his parents and brother Ralph. On May 11, 1968 he married Joanne Civizzio; the two eventually settled in Burlington. After graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in English, he later earned a master’s degree in community psychology from Central Connecticut State University in 1982. John and Joanne met while working at the State Welfare Department in Bristol from 1966 to 1968. He then worked for the Juvenile Court in various locations from 1968 to 1999, retiring as a supervisor, during which time he was instrumental in creating the Juvenile Review Boards in Bristol (where he served as chairman), Windsor and East Hartford. After retirement he worked as a truant officer in Bristol from 1999 to 2005. His calm demeanor helped put those around him at ease. John learned to sail and play tennis while spending his childhood summers on Bantam Lake; he continued those hobbies through his adult life. As an adult he began bicycling and completed a century ride at age 42. A person of varied interests, he read extensively about mountain climbing and deep space. He began playing acoustic guitar during the folk music era of the 1960s and continued playing for the rest of his life. John was a survivor of three different cancer diagnoses- melanoma, prostate, and most recently glioblastoma in 2011. He is survived by his son Chad, daughter-in-law Katy, and grandson Atticus of Durham, CT, his brother Ralph and sister-in-law Meredith of Clayton, NC, his nieces Hilary, Julia, and Alison and their husbands and his five grandnieces. He is also survived by his companion Maria Pomianowski of Terryville, with whom he shared much joy since their meeting in 2012, and her family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Joanne in 2006. Funeral services will be conducted at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, on Tuesday (February 4, 2020) at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home on Monday between 4 and 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CT Junior Republic, PO Box 161, Litchfield, CT 06759 or the Wilderness School, 240 N. Hollow Rd., East Hartland, CT 06027. Great thanks to John’s large and strong support network of friends and family who helped tremendously during these last years. Please visit John’s memorial web-site at www.FunkFuneralHome.com.
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