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John Sanford Wittek
John Sanford Wittek

John Sanford ‘Jack’ Wittek, 70, of Sunset Beach, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 13, 2016, surrounded by his family at the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick in Bolivia. He was born on June 17, 1945, in Newark, N.J., the son of the late Thomas F. Wittek and Deloras Cunningham Wittek.

In his youth, he coached Pop Warner football and baseball by volunteering his time after work. He played football in high school and was captain of his team. Mr. Wittek briefly attended Villanova University in Villanova, Pa. He enjoyed hunting in his youth. He was a project manager who worked in industrial pipe fitting and belonged to the Pipe Fitter Union Local No. 475 in New Jersey.

After retiring in 1998, he and his wife moved to the Sunset Beach, where he was able to enjoy boating, fishing, golfing, bowling and more family time. He was a member of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Shallotte and the BPO Elks Calabash Chapter.

In addition to his parents, was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline Erner; and two brothers, Albert Wittek and Timothy Wittek.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Frances E. Wittek of the home; daughter, Stephanie R. Jean, and her husband, Scott, of Ash; brother, Richard X. Wittek of Woodbridge, N.J.; three grandchildren, Tiffani Maxson of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Tyler J. Winter and Justin T. Winter of Ash; two great-grandchildren; and his special pets, ‘Gigi’ and ‘Meme.’

A celebration of Mr. Wittek’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at White Funeral and Cremation Service, Shallotte Chapel. A reception will follow at the Pink Palace in Sea Trail Plantation, Sunset Beach.

Memorials may be sent to SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia NC 28422.

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