John Gause

Obituary of John D Gause

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born-John was born on April 8, 1945 in Buffalo, New York to the late Deacon Charles Genesee (Stepfather) and the late Deaconess Priscilla Gause Bellamy. John was the oldest of eight children. John departed this life on Saturday July 25, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital in Washington Township, Sewell New Jersey after an extended illness. John was raised in Bucksport, South Carolina where he attended elementary school in the Bucksport community. John graduated from Whittemore High School in Conway, South Carolina in 1963. During John’s childhood development, he was raised by his mother Priscilla and his dearly beloved grandmother, Mary Sinnie Sumpter Gause (affectionately known as Mama). His spiritual life was very much influenced by grandma Sinnie who truly loved God and she lived the life that she talked about and sang about in her songs. She inspired John to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and he was saved at an early age. John was brought up in Jerusalem chapel Missionary Baptist Church (church founded by his great grandfather, William Gause). He joined the church and participated in church youth activities. After high school, John moved to Philadelphia, Pa. to live with his parents and younger siblings. He pursued a variety of interests. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He later worked as a laborer at Yankee Maid Meat Plant. He became a professional boxer. John was very proud of his boxing history. He often spoke of the famous boxers that he met, some with whom he had a personal relationship. Early in his boxing career he had fights in the states and abroad. He either spared with or fought several famous boxers. He was especially pleased about the fights that he won. He was proud to share that he was the first person to knock Joe Frazier down during a sparing session with him. During one of John’s training sessions sparing with Joe Frazier at the Concord Resort Hotel in the Catskill Mountains in Kiameshia Lake, N.Y. near Monticello, New York, He meet the love of his life, Ann Washington. Family and friends have repeatedly heard the story of that “magic moment” when they met. John’s first words to Ann were “heaven must be missing an angel because I’m looking at her right now”. The rest is history. They recently celebrated 51 years of marriage. Ann’s love for John was and continues as a shining example of devotion. After his boxing career, John studied Health Care Administration at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. and he attended the prestigious Wharton School of Business of Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. John retired from Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) as a bus operator and office support specialist. John was a member of St. Matthews Baptist Church, Williamstown, New Jersey. He was also a member of the Masonic order. He had a love for reading, politics, and he loved sharing his views on current events, history and anything that disturbed his spirit. No summary of John’s life would be complete without acknowledging how much he loved his family and how protective he was of them, sometimes to a fault. He loved his family and he enjoyed spending time with them. He loved his many cousins and friends as well. He had a lot of special relationships with many of them. Many of them know him affectionately as “Johnny”. John and Ann have always been very generous with their resources, their time and have always been supportive in times of need. Our family has enjoyed some very special times over the years often due to the contributions made by John and Ann: balloons, food, decorations, goodies, gifts, etc.. Our lives have been blessed by their generosity and love. John was preceded in death by his parents, Deacon Charles Genesee & Deaconess Priscilla Bellamy and his brother Rev. Dr. Edward Bellamy. He is survived by: His loving wife, Ann Gause; daughter, Daphne Black (Raymond); grand children: Dana Rogers (Annie), Lemar Bryant, and Laval Quigley (Rahj); Great grand children: Simon, Gavin, Liam, Pryia, Ryker and Grayson; Sister, Deborah Gause Hopper (Jacob); Brothers: Charles Gause (Fannie), Michael Bellamy (Nancy), Walter Bellamy (Susan), Victor Bellamy (Marla), and Curtis Bellamy (Constance). Sister- in-laws: Rev. Carlease Bellamy, Linda Washington Brown (Eugene), Margaret Hill (Lonnie), Mamie Smith, and Martha Phillips. Brother- in- laws: Ronnie Washington and George Washington and a host of loving nieces, nephews, special cousins , extended family and friends.
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Monday
3
August

Viewing

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday, August 3, 2020
May Funeral Home - Sicklerville
335 Sicklervile Road
Sicklerville, New Jersey, United States
856-335-1461
Monday
3
August

Service

11:00 am
Monday, August 3, 2020
May Funeral Home - Sicklerville
335 Sicklervile Road
Sicklerville, New Jersey, United States
856-335-1461
Monday
3
August

Interment

12:30 am
Monday, August 3, 2020
Berlin Cemetery
40 Clementon Rd
Berlin, New Jersey, United States