Jack Wainwright | Obituaries | The Democrat of the Tribune
Jack “Gutch” Wainwright, 85, passed away peacefully at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville, SC, surrounded by his devoted wife Helen “Toni” Wainwright and three children Joy, Ron and Jill on April 20, 2021 .
Born in Johnstown, PA, he was the son of the late Thomas and Myrtle Wainwright. He graduated from Conemaugh High School where he played football and enjoyed spending time with his girlfriend “Toni”, their families and friends. He then worked at Bethlehem Steel Co. (PA); then moved to CT to work for Cytex Industries (formerly American Cyanamid) and retired after 36 years.
Gutch began his retirement at VT where he enjoyed family reunions, beautiful mountains and long walks with his wife. He then returned “home” to Johnstown, PA, to be closer to his friends and family. He spent 15 years playing Friday night card games, horseshoes and summer wiffleball games with his family. He couldn’t resist the competitiveness of a good SCAT game with his family and friends. He liked to make fun of who was sitting next to him and make everyone at the table laugh. He attended Conemaugh’s First United Methodist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Greater Johnstown. After long winters he moved to Greenville, SC to enjoy the warmer weather and incredible sunsets.
The dearest thing to Gutch was to share a morning cup of coffee or an evening cocktail with his wife Toni. He loved his wife’s cooking, especially his favorite peach kuchen. He spent hours sitting on the patio watching butterflies, birds and golfers play the 17th hole on the course in the distance. He loved looking at the beautiful mountains while listening to music and remembering with Toni their life together. Over time, he enjoyed the simpler things in life like watching an old movie, a UCONN basketball game, college football, or an “or a few” episode of Chicago PD. Plus, let’s not forget a good ol ‘Chick-fil-A sandwich on a Friday night was a staple in Gutch’s book of life.
With his parents, he is predeceased by his 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
He is survived by his loving wife Toni and their three children Joy Cheney and her husband Wayne; Ron Wainwright and his wife Kate; and Jill Collins and her husband Paul; ten grandchildren Jillian, Jamie, Erin, Jake, Zach, Ben, Jacqueline, Thomas, Reese and Kate; six great-grandchildren; Kennedy, Reagan, Reise, Jackson, Noah and Avery.
Private family service is provided.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at McCall Hospice House 1836 W. Georgia Rd., Simpsonville, SC 29680 or St. Francis Bon Secours Cancer Center 104 Innovation Dr. Greenville, SC 29607