Jon (Coach) Boone of Westport died unexpectedly Dec. 25 of brain hemorrhages. He was 57.
Jon Boone: coach, teacher. Contributed photo
He was a teacher, coach, friend, neighbor, and beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, son, and brother/son-in-law.
He touched many lives during his more than 30 years of teaching and coaching, including in the PAL and Staples football programs.
He coached a variety of sports at a variety of levels, from LSU to Little League softball, and his personality reflected that. His intensity level was high.
One moment he would be screaming about making a mental mistake, and the next he would be pulling a player in for a hug.
As a teacher at Stamford High, he was dedicated to each student individually taking the 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 a “ love you.”
Born in North Miami, Florida, he was husband to Lisa Kappus Boone, father to Jamie and Taylor (Cory), 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, uncle, teacher, coach, friend, and neighbor on Vani Court.
There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Penfield Pavilion, Fairfield.
The family is accepting donations in lieu of flowers and can be made to the Jon Boone Memorial Fund via https://www.gofundme.com/coach-jon-boone-memorial-fund.