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John Leo Pope

October 3, 1937March 24, 2020

John Leo Pope, 82, died Tuesday morning, March 24, 2020 at Advent Hospital after a sudden heart attack. He is survived by his wife Sue, his two sons, Matthew (Lisha) and Samuel (Tara) Pope, and his five grandchildren, Diana, William, Emerson, Harper, and Leo Pope. He also leaves behind many other family members and friends who thought the world of him. Born in Tennessee, the son of Leo and Ruth Pope and the younger brother of Anita Pope Maddox, John graduated from Aiken High School in South Carolina. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama (Class of 1959). While on campus he was a member of the Crimson Tide football team, the Million Dollar Marching Band, and participated in ROTC.

John went on to serve his Country, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army. He served two tours in Vietnam where he was awarded a Silver Star for valor in combat. Between his two tours he also worked for the FBI domestically. Throughout his military career, John continued his education earning a Master’s degree from Florida State University and a Doctorate from the University of California, Berkley. Upon retiring from the Army, John embarked on his second career as a professor, teaching at both Princeton University & Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he also acted as Interim Dean. It was while at Embry-Riddle that John developed a love for community theatre which would play an integral role for the remainder of his life. It was in the theatre that he met his surviving wife Sue, with whom he would spend the next 32 years. John and Sue were avid travelers visiting countries all over the world on six different continents. They were still exploring until his dying day. When home, they walked on the beach with their two dogs Max and Spike.

John Leo Pope was a true renaissance man. He was a student, teacher, soldier, artist, actor, director, writer, federal agent, athlete, and even a model. The roles, for which he will most be remembered, were husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend.

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Chris Nestor

March 29, 2020

Dear Sue,
I am so sorry to read about John's passing. I always felt that you both were the ideal couple. My heart goes out to you as you deal with the absence of the love of your life and soul mate. Reading the obit. I was amazed at his accomplishments, and I feel so privileged to have been able to work with the team of John & Sue Pope. I hope you will continue to be a part of our local theaters as you work through your healing process. I know Bruce Heighley feels the same way. Chris Noelle Nestor

Marc Bernier

March 29, 2020

I had the great honor of appearing on stage with John in a performance at Daytona Playhouse in 1992. He was a true gentleman on and off the stage.

Supportive and always willing to share, his enthusiasm and encouragement was a tremendous help to me at a time of great change in my life.

John always gave of himself with an ear to listen. To Sue, and his entire family, my deepest condolences at this time.

Jane West

March 29, 2020

Sue, I was so sorry to read of John's death in the News Journal this morning. I remember the good times we shared in and out of the Shoe String Theater. John was a true and thoughtful gentleman. I was fortunate to have known him. I'm grateful you had those 32 years to share together. You were blessed. In sympathy, Jane

Nancy and Jim Grote

March 28, 2020

Dear Sue,
We are deeply saddened to learn of John’s passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Wishing you comfort and peace.
Nancy and Jim Grote

Doris Birkinbine

March 27, 2020

Sue, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending hugs and warm wishes as you travel down this road. Trusting that the wonderful memories you and John have created will support and give you strength for the days to come.

Rip Pellaton

March 27, 2020

John was a wonderful contributor to the world of theater, especially at the Daytona Playhouse. My wife was in one of his shows and she truly enjoyed the experience. He will be missed.

Dianne Pellaton

March 27, 2020

I met John when he cast me in “California Suite”. It was one of the best experiences I had in theatre with him and Sue. I am so sad to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful man.! So kind...

Leonard Alterman

March 27, 2020

So sorry to hear this. Sending my love and sympathy

Ann Foley

March 27, 2020

Sue, I am so very sorry to hear about John. I have fond memories of watching & working with both of you at the Playhouse. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Love... Ann Culley Foley

Fran Stump

March 27, 2020

Sue, I am so very very sorry to hear of your loss. I hope it brings comfort to you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers, as I am sure you are in many others.