John William Hancock Jr. aged 76, of Chesapeake, VA, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, October 20, 2023. Known to many as Papa John, he was born in Portsmouth, VA on May 6, 1947 to the late John W. Hancock Sr. & Bernice Seal Hancock of Chesapeake.
John graduated from Churchland High School in 1965 and worked as a nuclear submarine pipefitter for 35 years at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was also a member of Westside Church in Chesapeake. Papa John enjoyed touring the state in search of perfect BBQ and sweet potato pie; and was an avid American and Civil War history buff, frequenting historical sites and teaching others from his research. But his deepest passion was studying his Bible and journaling passages that spoke to his profound Christian faith.
He is survived by his wife Lois Lemasters Hancock; his daughter Katy Watts (William), his sons John Hancock (Sharon) and Joe Hancock (Tracey); his grandchildren, Sarah Hancock, William Watts, Wyatt Watts, and Ana Hancock; and his sister Betty Schiller and brother Jerry Hancock. Our beloved Papa John, with his twinkling eyes, bearded cheeks, and belly laughs will be forever missed.
A memorial service will be held 10AM Sunday, October 29, 2023 at Westside Church Four Square in Auditorium #10 of the Cinemark Theater at 2413 Chesapeake Square Ring Rd Chesapeake, VA 23321. Reception to follow at Bennet’s Creek Landing Clubhouse.