Obituary for John Karp
Irondequoit - 2/21/36-3/2/18
The Lord called John Karp home early in the morning—peacefully and quietly—as a winter storm blanketed the only city he ever called home. John was born in Rochester, New York to loving parents John and Mary (Byrnes) Karp, the youngest behind three sisters whom he adored. He graduated in 1961 with a Bachelors in Education from St. John Fisher College, and from the University of Rochester in 1962 with a Masters in Education.
The impact of John’s myriad talents—illustration, painting, writing, carpentry, and many others—was eclipsed only by his deeply humble and quiet nature. He poured many years of hard work into the restoration of two early American homes, while also using those experiences to instill priceless lessons and skills in his children. Vacations always doubled as crash-courses in American history, turning various landmarks, battlefields, colonial homesteads and forts into classrooms for his family.
Following a distinguished 32-year career in law enforcement with Monroe County, John retired in 1996, affording him more time to devote to his beloved family and pastimes. Becoming a Civil War reenactor allowed him to connect his passion for history to a descendant who served in The War Between the States. John also cherished the bonds he built with members of his writing group—especially with trusty lunchtime sidekick Art Maurer—as he crafted his life experiences into hilarious and touching tales, such as those in his novel The Seven-Day Year. Loyal and doting neighbor, Julia Mullane, earned a special place in John’s heart, providing friendship, groceries, and long walks with his precocious K-9 pal, “Mac”.
John was father to three children for whom he had endless supplies of both love and nicknames: Matthew J. (“Goober”), Amy A. (“Oogie”), and James R. (“Pea”). He is predeceased by parents John and Mary, sisters Mary Leta and Eleanor, and is survived by sister Muriel. He is also survived by his three children, one daughter-in-law, six grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to call Thursday, March 8 from 5-8pm at Dreier Giltner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 9 at 11am at the Hermance Family Chapel on the campus of St. John Fisher College, with interment directly following at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. All are then welcome to attend a brief reception at Kearney Hall on the campus of St. John Fisher College.
In lieu of flowers, please consider purchasing and donating to a local library, a copy of his novel The Seven-Day Year, available on Amazon. And if ever near an Abbott’s Custard, please feel free to order a chocolate cone in his honor.