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John Champion

Born on 9-14-1919. He was born in Mineral Springs, North Carolina. He later died on 2-17-2005.
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John Champion was described by The Post-Journal as ââ?¬Å?ââ?¬¦a personable and down-to-earth man of ready smile, firm integrity and forthright characterââ?¬¦Champion was the consistent and effective advocate for Jamestown, particularly the northside and efforts to help make North Main Street an attractive entrance to the city.ââ?¬ (February 19, 2005)
John Champion was born on September 14, 1919 in Mineral Springs, North Carolina. His parents were John C. and Mary Walker Champion. He had one sibling, Calvin. He moved to Jamestown, New York with his family. He was a graduate of Jamestown High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the European Theater stationed in France, England and Germany. He obtained the rank of staff sergeant and was awarded the Normandy Medal and the Purple Heart.
John had a 43-year career as an inspector at MCR Bearings before retiring in 1984. He also had staffed the childrenââ?¬â?¢s desk at the YMCA and supervised the playground at Fairmount School for several years. He was an eight-year member of the Jamestown City Council and an eight-year member of the Chautauqua County Legislature. He was also known for his volunteer work on the Boards of the United Way, the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Chautauqua Opportunities, the YMCA, and the Jamestown Music Project. He was a member of the Jamestown Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the New York State Drug Task Force, Mount Sinai Lodge 56 F& AM, the Ira Lou Spring Post 149, American Legion, John W. Tiffany Post 53 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was active with the Jamestown and Chautauqua County Republican Committee. He was a member of Blackwell Chapel AME Zion Church, where he served on the Steward Board.
John was married to Lorna Barnes Brooks Champion. The couple had two sons, John B. Champion and Gerald H. Brooks and four daughters, Ann Bunnell, Phyllis Smith, Norma Williams and Lorna Bonner, 10 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
John Champion died on February 17, 2005 and is buried at Sunset Hill Cemetery.