HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – John F. “Jack” Schrader, 83 of Hermitage, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 12, 2023.

Jack was born on March 25, 1939, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John and Jane (Cassidy) Schrader.

He was a 1957 graduate of Sharpsville High School.

He married the former Connie Rodocoy on July 26, 1963 in the Clarksville Methodist Church. They celebrated 59 years of marriage.

During his lifetime, he had many interests. He was in the trucking business as an owner-operator for many years. In the 1970s he owned the Colony Grille on New Castle Avenue, Sharon. During the 1980s he owned the Sharon Hotel on Railroad Street, Sharon, where he restored more than 40 rooms. He also enjoyed being a part-time bus driver for the former Bortner Tours, South Pymatuning Township. Jack retired from the trucking business in 2001. He proudly maintained his vehicles, especially his Kenworth semis.

Jack was a member of the Clark Trinity United Methodist Church.

He was also a member of the Teamsters Union 261, the Sharpsville Masonic Lodge 517, which is not part of the Kedron Lodge 389 and a member of the Antique Fan Collectors Association.

His favorite pastime was collecting and restoring antique desk fans, earning him the nickname “Fan Man.” He made many friends through his interest in fans, going to flea markets and fan meets held in various states. Jack also enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre.

He is survived by his wife and two sons, Jack Schrader, Elkridge, Maryland and Judd Schrader, Avalon, Pennsylvania; a brother-in-law, Edward A. Rodocoy and his wife, Jean, Hermitage and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by a half-sister, Ruby Bradley.

The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Clark Trinity United Methodist Church, 96 Charles Street, Clark, PA 16113.

Calling hours will be 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., until the time of the service, Thursday, February 16, 2023 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 East State Street, Sharon. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. 

A television tribute will air Tuesday, February 14 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.