Jon Edward Wordell

June 24, 1943February 13, 2019

Jon Edward Wordell passed away at his home in South Chatham surrounded by his family after a long illness. Jon was born in Fall River, MA in 1943. He was the son of the late Dr. Arnold and Eunisa (Greenlaw) Wordell. He graduated from Procter Academy in Andover, NH and Oglethorpe University in Norcross, GA. He later taught at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT. During that time, he ran a summer school called the Chatharbor Summer Program on the family property in South Chatham. He later accepted a position in the Harwich public school system and taught science and math and ran the computer program for many years. Upon retirement, he continued to run Pine Oak Village, his family summer rental business on Cockle Cove.

He is survived by his wife Toni (Kendrick) Wordell, his brother Nathaniel B. Wordell and sister-in-law Joy A. Wordell of South Chatham, his three daughters, Leslie Eden McGuire of Falmouth, Laurie Eunisa Wadsworth of Falls Village, CT and Kimberly Anne Robbins of South Chatham, and his three sons, Mark Edward Wordell of Franklin, NC, Derek Briggs Wordell of Dixfield, ME and his late son Jonathan Edgar Wordell.

He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and a nephew and his many close friends including Virginia Gaston of Chatham and his buddy George Metters of South Chatham. Jon enjoyed vacationing in Georgia and in Maine. He especially loved spending time with his family on the beloved boat “The Molly Brown.”

Jon had a special love of animals and requested that donations in his name be made to MSPCA or The Animal Rescue League in Brewster or Centerville. Burial will be private. For online condolences, please visit


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Betsy Minton

March 9, 2019

Mr. Wordell gave me my lifelong love of science. He was my favorite teacher at Indian Mountain. He stopped a whole class from chewing nails by showing us nails under a high power microscope. He used to set up a zap gun to a chair and if a student dozed off woke wake them with it lol, yes it was used on me and I thought it was so funny. This wonderful man took our class to his family camp for a weekend. Mrs Wordell do you remember you were the one to get us girls to do a panty raid on the guys lol. He was a wonderful man and the world is a sadder place without him.

Mary Baker

February 20, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Jon’s passing. I’ve known Jon for a long time and enjoyed talking with him at the Vfw. My sincerest condolences to the Wordell family at this trying time. May he Rest In Peace.

Ed Steele

February 19, 2019

My condolences to Toni, family, and friends.

Brian Schneider

February 19, 2019

I haven't seen John I'm many years but I worked for him a long time ago. He was a good man and taught me so many things. You will be missed John...


February 17, 2019

I never knew Jon but did know his brother Nat and wonderful daughter, Leslie. My sincerest condolences to them and to the rest of the family.

Darlene Awalt

February 17, 2019

So sorry for your loss, please accept my hugs and prayers.

Carol Kenner

February 15, 2019

We are so very sorry for your loss. Here is a photo of Jon from 2006, on a picture-perfect day in Cockle Cove. He was so happy to be hugged by two of his beautiful daughters.
Rest in peace, Jon.

Leslie McGuire

February 15, 2019

I will remember the fun times Dad... Picnics in the mountains of CT and ski trips at Indian Mountain School, outings to Thompsons Clam Bar on the "Molly Brown", and family trips to Hersheypark and Disney World on the red/white and blue bus.
You'll be missed by many friends and family. I hope you're with "Nonny" Jonathan.
KABR 3217...Cockle Shell to Cockle base....signing off.
Love you.... no goodbyes...
Day-Day xo