Longtime Westporter Jon Boone died Christmas morning, of brain hemorrhages. His daughter Taylor — a 2011 Staples High School graduate — writes this loving remembrance:
I started calling my dad “Coach” in middle school, when I realized it was more effective in getting his attention than calling him “Dad.”
My dad coached a variety of sports at a variety of levels, from LSU to Westport Little League softball, and his personality reflected that.
His intensity level was high. One moment he would scream at you about a mental mistake, and the next he’d pull you in for a hug.
He was an emotional and passionate guy who loved and supported me and so many others. Beyond his unquestionable love for my mom, sister and family, Coach Boone was a major pillar of support to more friends, students and players than anyone could count. His unexpected passing has left me and my family shocked and groping to find a way to fill the missing void he has left, as I am sure it leaves those in the many communities he was part of.
As a teacher at Stamford High School he was dedicated to each student individually, taking time to learn each of their stories, strengths and weaknesses. He stashed power bars in his desk for the hungry, made students laugh with his surprising jokes and innate humor, and his classroom provided a safe haven for many who needed it.
He was the definition of a family man. He was the handyman, the hugger, and the one who always “had a guy.” He had a solution for everything, even if it was duct tape. He worked hard to make his family’s life better. Conversations usually ended with a squeeze and an “I love you.”
Born in North Miami, Florida, he was a beloved husband to Lisa Kappus Boone, father to Jamie and Taylor (Cory), and son to Jim and Geri Boone. He was also a devoted son-in-law to Betty Kappus, brother to Jim and Debi, brother-in-law to Karl and Kurt Kappus, and a great neighbor on Vani Court.
A celebration of life will be held at the Penfield Pavilion in Fairfield this Saturday (January 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jon Boone Memorial Fund (click here).