John Gerard Waters
Of Wilmington DE, passed away on May 11. Born on All Saints Day, November 1,1981. After over 20 years of a courageous battle with mental health issues and substance use disorder, John was taken from us. Known as “The Comeback Kid”, because he fought back so many times in his personal war against a cunning, baffling and powerful disease. Throughout his struggle, John always had the support, guidance and love of his family and so many friends. John was cute, intelligent, very funny, and an extremely kind person. To the world, he appeared to have it all. He enjoyed participating in all of the normal “all American kid” stuff, baseball, football, swim team, graduated form Concord High School in 1999, dabbled in college, and had several career directions. He loved his position at Hagley’s Library and Archive Department. He also loved the opportunity to work with children and adults with various disabilities. He worked at Camp Manito, Delaware Elwyn, Newborn Nurses and most recently, Delaware Mentor.
He was a self taught guitar player and songwriter whose lyrics were used to speak his truth. He was known best for his ability to put people at ease and bring laughter to a room. He derived pleasure from the simple things in life, a cold glass of eggnog, his collections of graphic novels, his actions figures that he shared with his nephew, Jack, an awkward joke at a pivotal moment and authentic conversations that he shared with all of us. He is simply irreplaceable and there will be a void in our family for the rest of our days. We will always and forever love John and hate the damn disease!
John leaves behind those of us who will always cherish the time we had with him. Survived by his Grandmother Helen Aulisa, known to all as his “biggest fan”, his parents Dan & Liz Waters, his sister Jessica and her children, whom he adored, Jack and Bailey, brother Danny and his wife Meredyth, and his girlfriend, Caitlin Grant with whom he was building a life to be proud of along with their rescue pups Bruno and Chi Chi, and a large array of extended family and friends.
As a result of the Coronavirus we are left unable to bid John farewell in a way fitting to honor him. A Celebration of his Life will be announced at a later date with all of those he touched during his 38 years. At this time, we are limited to a graveside service with 10 attendees practicing social distancing and the use of a mask. We do ask, anyone who would like to attend, to please come. You can remain in your car or there will be an exchange of individuals at graveside so condolences can be shared, and he can look down and know, even in these difficult times, we were there for him. Please dress very causally, just like John would.
Internment will be on Friday, May 15, at 1pm at Lawncroft Cemetery1000 W. Ridge Rd Marcus Hook Pa 19061. In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated to Faithful Friends, firstname.lastname@example.org. or atTAcK addiction, P.O. Box 36 Bear, DE 19701.