John James DeGouff

January 13, 1924October 20, 2019

John J. DeGouff, 95, passed on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Sun City Center. He spent his early years in St. Lawrence County in New York State. He graduated from high school in 1942, worked on construction for a short while and then volunteered in the U.S. Navy. he served in the Pacific area as a Quartermaster on a LST doing ship to ship and ship to shore transportation of mainly ammunition. In 1946 he entered Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. He received his B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering in June 1949 and married Dora Julia Riley shortly after graduation. He received a Research Fellowship from Clarkson and then a M.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1951.

John started his 33 year working career with Esso Engineering Co., the main engineering arm of ExxonMobil Corp. He work in N.J., New York City and several other locations in the United States, in increasing higher level positions. He then agreed to overseas assignment and spent over 24 years in England, France, Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia. In 1984, John retired as Manufacturing Director and Board Member of Esso Malaysia.

In 1984, John and Dora retired and moved to Sun City Center. In 2002 Dora was hit by a car and killed while walking a dog near the highway thru Sun City Center. John later married Patricia Carroll of Sun City and lived at Freedom Plaza until 2011 when Patricia died.

John has two sisters, Shirley DeGouff-Brassard of Liverpool, New York and Mary M. Bartlett of Leesburg, Florida. He also has nieces and nephews in Florida and New York. John's resting place is Hillsboro Memorial Gardens in Brandon, FL.

A funeral service will take place at 11am on Friday, October 25, 2019 at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home of Brandon, FL; family will start receiving guests at 10am.


  • Visitation Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 25, 2019


John James DeGouff

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Andre Brassard

October 22, 2019

Uncle Jack touched so many lives throughout his life. He was a wonderful man who ‘s generosity knew no limit. He will be missed greatly and I’m honored to call him my Uncle.

Ellen Isabell

October 22, 2019

I was blessed and had the privilege of sharing the last five weeks of Uncle Jack’s life with him. I am so grateful for the quality time we had together. He was a very special piece of my life that I am going to miss very much.