John “Jack” Rees, 87, formerly of Canfield, passed away on March 24 of Alzheimer’s disease, following a brief stay at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. Mr. Rees was born on Jan. 18, 1923, to Harold and Hazel (Wilson) Rees. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Shupp) Rees, whom he married on Oct. 3, 1970.
Jack graduated from Girard High School in 1941. He enlisted in the Army and proudly served in Italy as a member of the 36th Texas Infantry Division. He later attended the Ohio State University for a brief period, before transferring to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Upon graduation, Jack worked for Black Star Publishing as a photojournalist. Many of his works appeared in national publications in this country and overseas.
Mr. Rees was a member of Canfield Presbyterian Church and enjoyed photography and collecting antique furniture. His second career involved his love of antique furniture and working with old buildings. In 1964, he set about restoring an Austintown barn and eventually opened Meander Hill Antiques and Gifts, where he worked until his retirement. The business is still in operation today and run by his son, Evan.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Rebecca (Bruce) Harris of Dover, Del.; sons, Jim Rees of Columbus and Evan Rees of Canfield; grandchildren, Christian, Julian and Gabriel Harris; sister, Helen Bayowski of Girard; brother, Dr. Wilson Rees of Bath; nieces, Mary (Bill) Lileas, Julie (Dave) Smith and Phoebe (Pat) Charles; and nephews, Stephen Rees, David Rees, and his namesake, John Rees O’Neil. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Hazel (Wilson) Rees.
A memorial service was celebrated by the Rev. Larry Bowald on Monday, March 29 at Canfield Presbyterian Church. Private family interment will be conducted at a later date in Girard Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Ohio Veterans Home, 3614 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Ohio 44870.
The family would like to express their appreciation to all the veterans’ facilities for their care and compassion during Jack’s illness. Condolences may be shared with his family by visiting www.grofffuneralhomes.com.
JOHN REES, 87