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Jonathan Paul Wottrich, 58, of Concord, N.H., left his earthly life to be with the Lord on Sept. 14, 2016. Born in Lewisburg, Pa., on Dec. 1, 1957, he was the son of Paul F. Wottrich and Jacqueline (Ohle) Wottrich. Jon was preceded in death by his father in 2004.
Jon graduated from Lewisburg Area High School in 1976 and continued on to Keystone Junior College, graduating in 1978 with an associate degree. He continued his education at Western New England College where he received a degree in electrical engineering in 1981.
For 32 years, Jon was employed by Northeast Utilities as a Supervisor for Communications and Control Group until he retired in 2013.
As a youth, Jon found great enjoyment with the Boy Scouts and attained the honor of Eagle Scout with Troop 509 of Lewisburg. He remained involved with scouting as an adult while he lived in South Deerfield, Mass., serving as an assistant scoutmaster of Troop 66. He was an excellent Outdoor Skills leader, using his vacation time to accompany the troop to Camp Chesterfield each year. He thoroughly enjoyed coaching the boys at the annual VT State Boy Scout Ski Race held at Bromley Mountain. While a resident of South Deerfield, Jon also served on the Deerfield Conservation Committee and volunteered his time to the Deerfield Land Trust. He leaves behind many lifelong friends and scouts that thank him for his selfless service.
Life is often too short and so it was for Jon, but nothing stopped him from enjoying the things he loved the most. He hiked above the clouds in the White Mountains, scaling Mt. Washington fourteen times. Winters would find Jon on the powdery slopes, whether it was cruising down mountains from New England to the Rockies or racing through the slalom at Gunstock . But his true passion lay under the seas where he scuba dived deep into coral reefs around the world.
He leaves behind his mother and two sisters,Patricia McNeal and her husband Edward of Huntingdon, Pa. and Nancy Wottrich and her husband Bruce McNaught of Montrose, Pa. He will also be greatly missed by his niece Anna McNaught of Los Angeles, Calif., and his nephews Brent McNeal and his wife Crystal of Huntingdon, Pa., Zachary McNeal of Phoenixville, Pa , and Evan McNaught of Montrose, Pa.
Jon was a great friend to those that knew him, lived his life to the fullest, and never complained about anything. Jon's many wonderful and caring friends helped his family overcome various obstacles and provided consistent support during his illness. We family members are so very grateful to his friends and co-workers for their support through this difficult time. We also want to thank the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice for their compassion in helping us navigate these uncharted waters.
A private time and place to celebrate Jon's life will be decided at a future date. Jon will be greatly missed by many.
Published on September 20, 2016
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