John Huxley, beloved husband of Faye (Mellon) Huxley of Crystal River, Florida and Glenville, passed away on June 18, 2019 at Seven Rivers Medical Center in Crystal River, after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on March 3, 1936.
He spent his childhood playing hockey, performing as a trumpet player with a successful local band, and helping out at his family's summer youth camp. He often spoke fondly of his memories of those years.
He served honorably in the Canadian Navy during the Korean War. After his service was completed, he worked in finance in the Hamilton, Ontario area for many years. He relocated to the United States as a young man where he met and fell in love with his wife, Faye; they married on April 21, 1976.
He was always ready for a game of cribbage or Uno and he especially loved to be the champion! He was a baseball umpire during his spare time and loved a good ballgame. He worked at the Hillsboro Club in Hillsboro, Florida for more than 35 years and is fondly remembered there for his teasing and crazy socks competition.
John and Faye Huxley spent their summers at their mountain home in Glenville, where John worked at High Hampton Inn for many years. He truly enjoyed visits and being with his family. “Uncle John” invested his time in conversation, games, and music with his nieces and nephews. He shared stories of the past and offered encouragement to younger generations.
He loved a variety of music including big band, folk, blue grass, and especially live local performances. He played the trumpet as a young man and learned to play the guitar. He took up the dulcimer later in life and belonged to several dulcimer groups, playing at local events and nursing homes (where “one more time” was his favorite expression), and teaching children to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb “on the dulcimer was a source of joy. He volunteered at the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, where he walked dogs that needed some extra love. He also volunteered at Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library and the Cashiers Dental Clinic.
His life will be celebrated in a private memorial ceremony later. Friends and family that may wish to honor John, are encouraged to donate to the New England Frontier Camp, 197 Quite A Road, Lovell, ME 04051.
He leaves behind his friends and family. All miss him.