John W. Elliott, 89, first elected mayor of Carolina Shores

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John William Elliott
John William Elliott

CAROLINA SHORES — John W. Elliott, 89, of Calabash Drive, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at SECU Hospice Care in Bolivia.

John was born Oct. 17, 1927, in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of the late Marie O’Toole Elliott and John Elliott. He was the husband of Mary Patricia (Lacey) Elliott for 56 years before she preceded him in death.

John was a graduate of Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Pa., as well as LaSalle College with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Major in Accounting. John served active duty in the U.S. Army as well as in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1948 to 1952.

Mr. Elliott began his career working in the insurance business. He was employed with the Home Indemnity Co. of New York handling liability and bond claims from 1951 to 1958. He was employed with Ohio Casualty Insurance Company and served in various capacities, starting in 1958 with settling all lines of insurance claims until he retired in 1988, where he was handling all Fidelity and Surety claims in a management position.

After Mr. Elliott retired in 1988, he was self-employed as a Fidelity and Surety specialist handling the investigation of specialized claims for several large insurance carriers, continuing his professional career an additional 12 years.

John (Jack) contributed to a number of areas both for the town of Calabash and the town of Carolina Shores. He was an active member of the Carolina Shores POA, serving on the board as vice president and president in 1993 and 1994. He was a member of the Brunswick County Emergency Management Agency for the town of Calabash, and served as a commissioner for the town of Calabash. He was the first elected mayor in 1998, for the town of Carolina Shores, where he served for the first five years. During his term as mayor, he assembled a great town staff, completed construction of the town hall, a storm-water management system and set up a solid financial situation for the town’s growth.

He was a volunteer at Brunswick Hospital for a number of years. As a survivor himself, he was an avid participate in a number of American Cancer Society fundraisers.

He is survived by his three children, Patricia (Keith) Hamilton of West Chester, Ohio, John M. Elliott of Carolina Shores, N.C., and Michael (Debra) Elliott of Greenwood, Ind.; four grandchildren, Jessica (Chris) Sauder, Heather L Hamilton, Tyler Elliott and Sara (Sam) Kinder; eight great-grandchildren; and his dear friend and companion, Winfred Rubio.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel, Shallotte. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, at St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church, Shallotte.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SECU Hospice House Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane S.E., Bolivia, NC 28422.

Online condolences may be made at brunswickfuneralservice.com.