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Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine ST, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

John William Ledlie

January 2, 1937May 9, 2020
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COLUMBIA - John William Ledlie, 83, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020. A private funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 15. The family will receive friends and family at the home from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday, as they maintain social distancing on the front porch where John was known for providing his excellent fellowship and generous hospitality.

John lived a full life enjoying family, friends, his work, and the water. He was born January 2, 1937, in Brisbane, Australia, to the late William Bell and Ivy Coughlin Ledlie. He grew up on a ranch in the Outback and on a pineapple plantation where he worked side by side with his father. He immigrated to Pontiac, Michigan, in his senior year and graduated from Walled Lake High School. John attended the General Motors Institute of Technology where he studied automotive engineering, which became a lifelong passion.

John received a master’s degree from The American College of Financial Services in Pennsylvania. He moved to Columbia in 1971 and was an insurance agent for the Aetna and the Sullivan Company and an account executive at Blue Cross and Blue Shield for many years. John served his country proudly in the US Navy as a diesel engine mechanic, receiving the rank E-5. He later became a US Coast Guard licensed Master Captain, truly earning the title “Captain John.”

John had a big heart for his family and community and was active in many organizations. He was Commodore of the Columbia Sailing Club, President of the Diocese of Charleston Catholic Men, member of the Columbia Offshore Fishing Club, member of the Providence Hospital Board of Trustees, and vice chairmen of the Midlands Hospital Indigent Care Partnership.

Family was the most important part of John’s life. He adored his wife, children, and grandchildren. He met Peggy, the love of his life, at “Boat Night” prior to a sailing race from Port Huron to Mackinac. They dated long distance until he got out of the service, and she graduated from college. They were inseparable for their 56 years of marriage.

John instilled in his children and grandchildren the values of faith, love, and charity. He loved organizing the annual family trip to Edisto Beach where he shared his passion for the coast, fishing, and sailing. John planned weekly family dinners and served as the chief chef. He was generous to all he met and never met a stranger. He was a wonderful storyteller and was always working on projects. John’s neighbors loved happy hour with him, and they named him the “Mayor of Medway” because he knew everyone on the street (adults, kids and dogs, alike).

In addition to his parents, his brother-in-law Earl Smith and son-in-law Craig Thompson predeceased him. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret “Peggy” Ledlie; two daughters Cara Condra (Gregg) and Dr. Laura Ledlie; a son, James Ledlie, Esq. (Caroline), and grandchildren Cameron, Jack, Kristen, Ivy, James William, and Bernie; a sister Patricia Smith; nieces and nephews, and many cherished friends. The family asks, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cardinal Newman School, 2945 Alpine Road, Columbia, SC, 29223.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Brad Word and his nurse Theresa for their loving care; Dr. Charles Butler and staff at SCOA; his Medway neighbors; and his caregiver Sheila Gadsden, who cared for us all in his final days.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Facebook Livestream

    Friday, May 15, 2020

  • Private Funeral Service

    Friday, May 15, 2020

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Joyce Scott

May 20, 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

Joyce, Joycelyn and Sarah Scott

Lynne Estes

May 18, 2020

John had such an engaging personality. He and Peggy were a perfect match. Rest In Peace, John. Sending love and hugs, Peggy.

jan middlenrooks

May 15, 2020

John was a genuinely nice man and always had a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face. I’m glad to have known him and his engaging personality. John and Peggy were a great team and can be extremely proud of their three children and what they have accomplished.

Roberta & Joe Naples

May 15, 2020

John was a dear, kind, trusted friend to us & many. The Naples family is blessed to be Ledlie family friends (& former neighbors), always remembering with a smile the great friendship, fun, food and adventures through the years at our homes or on the water at Lake Murray with John at the helm. May loving memories comfort your wonderful family and all who mourn the Captain's passing. Rest in God's peace, dear friend.
"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a gray dawn breaking."
John Masefield: "Sea Fever" (1902)

Jennifer Penso

May 14, 2020

Much love and prayers to the Ledlie family from the Penso family. May you feel God’s loving embrace at this most sad time.

William Griggs

May 14, 2020

Enjoyed my years working with John at BCBSSC. John definitely had stories to tell as well as enjoying boating. I remember our fishing adventure with our client Bill Gantt. Very windy but John insisted to going out. Caught no fish. John was the true Captain.

Barb and Dave Postles

May 14, 2020

We were sad to hear of John's passing. We remember so fondly our (rainy, always) days in the mountains together.
We hope all the family is doing well during this time. Our love to you all.
Barb and Dave Postles

Vivienne Ledlie

May 14, 2020

Our sympathy to all the family from the Australian branch of the Ledlies.
I well remember the time Lionel and I spent with you and your visit here with us.
Rest in peace John

Kitty Sutton

May 13, 2020

John was a wonderful neighbor and friend for many years on Medway Road. He will be sincerely missed by all who ever knew him! What a kind and wonderful man. I’m so sorry for this great loss. ‘Kitty Sutton

Johnathan Smith

May 13, 2020

Rest in peace great uncle john you were always a joy to be around I have many childhood memories of you when you would make your Michigan trip every year.

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