John Robert Englert, 81, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at his home in Warrenton.
John was born September 10, 1939, in Parkchester, a village in the Bronx, N.Y., the elder of two sons of the late John and Evelyn Englert.
He attended St. Raymond’s Catholic Grammar School and St. Helena High School, both in the Bronx. He attended Hunter College and graduated with a B.S. in accounting.
On December 13, 1963, he met Alice Jackson, a nursing student at St. Vincent’s in Greenwich Village. Married on September 10, 1966, she was his soul mate, lover, friend and wife through good times and bad for 54 years. During his life, John enjoyed time with his family and demonstrated his love for the arts (music, dance, theater) and sports – especially baseball. He was a passionate Yankees fan, who instilled his enthusiasm and knowledge in others. Finally, John was caring and thoughtful, and used his sense of humor to keep life balanced and in perspective.
In the early 1970s, he started work with Gulf + Western (G+W) in Manhattan and became its accounting manager. This led to a transfer in 1977 to Greensboro, N.C., (what a culture shock for a boy from the Bronx!) with a team to reorganize Kayser Roth Hosiery Company. Over the next five years he went from accounting manager in the successful reorganization to CFO for Kayser Roth Branded Division and then transferred to Greeff Fabrics in Portchester, N.Y., another G+W company, as CFO. In his time at Greeff, he reported to Dick Johann.
In 1985, John and Dick left Greeff to start a U.S. branch of UK-based Osborne & Little, a fabric and wallpaper design company; they were partners for the next 15 years. Starting from ground zero, Osborne & Little grew to have over 150 employees and sales of over $30 million. During this time John and Alice lived in the idyllic town of Ridgefield, Conn.
After retiring in 2002, John and Alice moved to Warrenton in 2004 to be close to their fast-growing group of young grandchildren. During these wonderful years, they frequently traveled to Greensboro and Ridgefield to visit with friends and spend a couple of weeks every winter in Florida enjoying baseball spring training.
John is survived by his wife, Alice; his children, Christine Williams (Rodger), John (Mavis), and Ellen Bouchery; and his 10 grandchildren: Maddy (Kyle Humphries), Leah and Sabrina Williams; Sean, Rosa, Owen, and Anna Bouchery; and Audrey, John, and Daniel Englert.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Englert, and his son-in-law, Wayne Bouchery.
John will be missed by family and friends, but we know that he is in our hearts and inspiring us to be a positive force in the world each day.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society
, with which John volunteered.
Condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com