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Jonathan Mowry Steere, III

Posted By Hall-Wynne On November 17, 2017 @ 2:25 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 13 Comments

Jonathan Mowry Steere, III, passed away on November 16, 2017 at Hock Hospice Center in Durham, NC after a prolonged illness. He was 71 years old.

Jonathan was born on March 27, 1946 in Philadelphia, PA to Jonathan M. Steere, Jr. and Hilda Fletcher Steere. He graduated from Penn Charter High School in Philadelphia in 1964 and later earned a BA in Anthropology from Temple University. He moved to Durham, NC in 1975.

Mr. Steere was an active and engaged member of his community. He led nature hikes and bird walks along the Eno River and volunteered at the Durham County Public Library for many years. He enjoyed working with children, and was a staunch advocate for the rights of the elderly. He
passed on his love of the outdoors, his intellectual curiosity, and his passion for reading to his children and grandchildren.

Jonathan is survived by his wife, Sarah; his brothers, Allen (Meemie), Richard (Julia); his children, Kate (Dan), Joanna (Aaron), Ben (Elizabeth), and Matt (Sylvia); his grandchildren, Christopher, Hannah, Rachel, Timothy, Avery, Brayden, Alexander, Zachary, and Miranda. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of his life will be held at Duke’s Chapel UMC on 807 Old Oxford Road, Durham, NC, on 12/02/17 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Eno River

Condolences for the family of “Jonathan Mowry Steere, III”

Condolence from Mavis Seagroves on November 17th, 2017 3:03 pm

Sarah and family, so sorry to hear of Jonathans passing. He was a wonderful man who loved his family dearly. He will be missed. So many good memories of him when you and I worked together. Will keep you in my prayers.

Condolence from Cathy Bowman on November 17th, 2017 3:34 pm

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Jonathan. We will remember you in our prayers.

Margaret Howard and family

Condolence from Judy Harris on November 17th, 2017 8:52 pm

Prayers for your family during this time. I know you all have wonderful memories of your times as a family. It was an honor to have met Jonathan

Condolence from Betty Hilliard, Park View Baptist Church on November 18th, 2017 12:47 pm

Sarah, Ben, and Matt – my deepest sympathy to you and all of Jonathan’s family . What a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and all-round good person he was. My prayers go out to you – Betty –

Condolence from Rob Gluck on November 18th, 2017 8:02 pm

The world is a far better place for Jonathan’s time in it, and the legacy he has left…
Roger Tory Peterson fondly said that God, in all his wisdom, had crafted but two creatures with feathers: birds and angels… may Jonathan, having fully appreciated the former, now enjoy fellowship with the latter.

— Rob Gluck

Condolence from Peter L. Steere on November 19th, 2017 11:32 am

Dear Sarah, Allen, Richard, Kate, Joanna, Ben and Matt

We were saddened to hear of Cousin Jonathan’s passing

I have very fond memories of interactions together when Jonathan and I were youngsters often at Grandfather Jonathan’s house on Walnut Lane in Haverford near the old Haverford Quaker Meeting House

Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Peter and Susan Steere

Condolence from Julia Steere Sheehan on November 19th, 2017 11:49 am

I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Jonathan. Our prayers are with Sarah and the whole family. Sending love from Jonathan’s cousin in Pennsylvania.
Julia Steere Sheehan

Condolence from Harry Phillips on November 20th, 2017 12:21 pm

I am saddened to hear of Jonathan’s passing. He was a man whose strength and equanimity impressed me greatly. I was honored by his acquaintance and the opportunity to meet his gracious family. His presence made the world a better place and I will miss him.

Condolence from Larry & Sheila Smith on November 21st, 2017 12:49 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Nellie Harward on November 27th, 2017 6:15 pm

I was so sorry to hear that Jonathan had gone on to be with the Father. I will always be grateful for
your friendship and how much he cared for Bill before his passing. You, Ben and Matthew and families
will be in my prayers.

Nellie Harward

Condolence from Beth Fletcher on November 30th, 2017 9:50 am

Dear Sarah, Ben,Matt,Joanna,Kate, Allen and Richard and Jon’s grandchildren,
Our hearts go out to you. We were sad to hear of cousin Jon’s passing. I have many fond childhood memories of holidays with Jon, especially Christmas and vacations at Ship Bottom on the beach. It is a comfort to know that he had the blessings of family, friends and his church community.

Cousin Beth

Condolence from Arthur Herring on December 1st, 2017 8:15 am

Dear Sarah and Family,

I have in my kitchen a little thing that means a great deal to me: it is a pot holder that Jonathan made. So small a thing, but filled with so much love…like a quilt. I regret I won’t be able to attend the service, but know this: he will never be forgotten! Such a GREAT soul!

Condolence from Rev Pam Wakins on December 3rd, 2017 9:08 am

Jonathan was a beloved friend, and he will be missed by the many people he encountered in this beautiful life. Abundant blessings in this time of your grieving and in celebrating wonderful memories.

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