With his degree as a certified pool operator by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, Inc., John serves The Connecticut Hospice to maintain the water quality at the Hospice swimming pool. The pool is being enjoyed this summer by the Town of Branford’s children and adults (see insert, over).
Last year, in anticipation of The Connecticut Hospice pool being opened, John took the time to get his certification in pool operations. “It is a joy to behold, and a marvelous characteristic that this man possesses, to have such a vision.”
John served for many years as CEO of JSB, Inc., a Seymour based land development company and holds certifications in International Ground Source Heat Pumps Installation, Water Well Drilling and Water and Sewer Treatment Plant Operations.
During the Vietnam era and afterwards, he saw active duty as a Second Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy, and later was a proud Volunteer Firefighter. As Chairman of the Board of both, the Pomperaug Health District and the lower Naugatuck Valley Health Department, he turns his current Connecticut Hospice pool data into the East Shore Health District Health Department.
As Executive Officer of the Second Company Governor’s Foot Guard, arranging color guards, he recently presented the Colors to The Connecticut Hospice, as this first palliative hospital in the United States received The Joint Commission’s first Advanced Palliative Certification.
During this interview John described The Connecticut Hospice’s pool facilities. Besides locker rooms with showers, picnic tables, lawn chairs and recliners, he demonstrated the newly installed chair allowing handicapped access into the water, in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. He also spoke of the robot that cleans the bottom of the pool daily and his frequent daily water testing.
John encourages all pool goers to go through the Hospice main entrance to access the pool so they stay safe from the traffic of the delivery trucks. Recently, together with his environment of care colleague Paul, he could be found repairing the Stony Creek granite corner which was accidentally hit.