NEW CASTLE —
Fire trucks with flashing lights lined up outside Northminster Church on Wednesday, paying tribute to John C. “Jack” Stoner.
The former Union Township fire chief and volunteer firefighter for more than 50 years died Saturday at age 79.
More than 100 firefighters from throughout Lawrence County paid tribute to Stoner at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home in Neshannock Township Tuesday night.
Union’s department gave the ceremonial final call with three rings of a bell. A bagpiper played “Amazing Grace” and “Going Home” and uniformed fire department members took turns standing vigil.
“It was a very good turnout,” commented Pat Donofrio, Union’s current fire chief. “Jack touched a lot of lives and we really gave him a good going-away. There wasn’t a dry eye in that funeral home.”
A memorial service was conducted Wednesday at Northminster Church on Wilmington Road, where ladders crossed, denoting a firefighter has departed.
(To view Debbie Wachter’s photos from the tribute to Jack Stoner, CLICK HERE.)