John “Jack” Calandra, Country Club Road, Watercress, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday. He was born in Cresson, son of the late Mary (Mucci) and Frank Calandra Sr.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 66 years, Geneviève “Jenny” (Hart) died October 26, 2021; and his brother, Frank Calandra Jr., who died on September 16, 2022.

He is survived by his six children: MaryAnn Shaw (Walter Shaw), Lilly, Pennsylvania; Paul Calandra (Maureen Maruca), Loretto, Pennsylvania; Joan Calandra, Los Angeles, CA; Michael Calandra (Karen Cicero), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Anthony Calandra (Tamara Batche), Alexandria, Virginia; and Carol Lawrence (Bryan Lawrence), Leawood, Kan.; plus 10 grandchildren: Christopher Shaw (Susan), Jonathan Shaw (Amber), Samantha Hackenberg (Eric), Christina Companey (Shane), Mark Calandra, Alexis Calandra, John Robert “Dante” Calandra, Alexandria Lawrence, Mackenzie Lawrence and Jack Lawrence; and great-grandchildren: William and Joseph Shaw; Marion, Lucas and Kevin Hackenberg.

Jack’s priorities in life were his faith, his wife and his family. His passions included business, golf and his community.

In 1955, Jack married his high school girlfriend and the love of his life, Genevieve Hart (2021). Jack and Jenny were married for 66 years and were blessed with six children. Jack and Jenny provided a loving and caring environment characterized by strong Christian values ​​and a highly developed work ethic. They were attached to their family, their community and their careers, which had a profound influence on the individual successes of each of their children.

Jack was the president and owner of Cresson Steel Co., former president of Frank Calandra Inc. and co-founder of Jennmar Corp. He graduated from Cresson High School and continued his post-secondary education at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1954. There he was a member of the golf team and president of the national Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduating, he served in the Army National Guard for two years. He then joined Frank Calandra Inc., owned by his parents, Mary and Frank Calandra. Over the next few years, Jack learned the intricacies of the family business and implemented cutting-edge business policies that contributed to the growth and development of Frank Calandra Inc. In 1965, Jack was joined by his brother Frank Calandra Jr. (2022) and together founded Jennmar Corp. in 1972. Located in Cresson, Pennsylvania, this new manufacturing company revolutionized roof monitoring and safety in the mining industry. Jennmar began manufacturing products for underground mining, primarily roof bolts and roof plates which are used to support local underground coal mines. Within a few years, Frank and Jack were able to expand Jennmar into three states, establishing manufacturing plants in West Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois. Jennmar has experienced rapid growth and expansion. Currently, Jennmar employs over 3,000 people and operates 32 manufacturing and processing facilities in North America with four additional manufacturing operations in Australia and China. His professional achievements have been numerous, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Scrap and Recycling Industry (ISRI). He was also inducted into the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Business Hall of Fame in 2015, where he spoke about carrying on the legacy of his father and mother. His philanthropic belief was, “If you can afford it, help others.”

Jack’s father, Frank Sr., understood the connection between a good game of golf and business relationships, and so encouraged Jack to learn the game. Jack understood that golf was his chance to leave a legacy in his community. Not only did Jack become a highly accomplished player, achieving zero handicap and winning several club championships at Summit Country Club, but he also took a strong interest in improving the quality of the Summit golf course. He was responsible for reaching the land that would be used to expand Summit Country Club from a nine-hole golf club to a first eighteen-hole championship course which opened in 1968. Jack, member since 1946 , loved the Summit Country Club, serving as its president for many years. Throughout his life, Summit Country Club has benefited from his generosity, vision and knowledge. He was also a member of Indiana Country Club, Sunnehanna Country Club and a founding member of Secessions Golf Club, SC Every day Jack could be seen playing with beginners, professionals and others who shared his passion for golf . Jack’s love for the game has been shared with countless friends across the country at some of the best golf courses in the world, including Augusta National. Jack and Jenny have traveled the world playing golf with family and friends. They have found a certain fondness for courses in Ireland, with Ballybunion being one of their favourites. There Jack became life members and the couple became close friends with the owners of the local lodge. They returned several times, taking advantage of their time together to travel and play golf. As long as Jenny was around, Jack had a playmate.

Jack’s lesser-known connections were with the Navy, more specifically with the United States Naval Academy. Jack was an unofficial recruiter for Navy Football in the 1960s and helped several young local athletes and academic prospects gain admission to Annapolis. Eventually, Jack was honored with a trustee position for the Naval Academy Foundation where he served for over 25 years, after which he was granted emeritus status.

Jack’s support and affiliation with higher education was deep and extensive. He was a strong supporter of the institutions he attended, including Mercersburg Academy and the University of Pennsylvania. His support of “The Red Lightning” athletics at Saint Francis University has grown over the years to include all aspects of the university.

Throughout his adult life, Jack has been a passionate and caring supporter of his community. He was especially dedicated to the Cresson Volunteer Fire Company and Cambria Alliance EMS. He was a strong supporter and donor of the Cresson Pantry and the Cresson Public Library. His philanthropy extended to the Diocese of Altoona Johnstown, in particular to the churches of Saint Aloysius and Saint Francis Xavier. His generosity is known to many members of the community.

Jack was able to live his last days in dignity at his home in Cresson with the compassionate and loving support of his children and several caregivers: Carolyn, Donna, Linda, Maureen and Yvonne.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for contributions to be made to the local charities listed above which Jack has supported.

The family will receive friends from 3-8 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2022 at Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church Street, Gallitzin, where a wake will be held Friday evening. The Legion of Mary will recite the Rosary at 2:15 p.m. Friday.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Cresson, with officiant Reverend Leo Arnone. St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.

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