John Peter Jones, 21, of died Oct. 13, 2022, of complications due to type 1 diabetes.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of Peter W. Jones Jr. and Elizabeth (McCormack) Jones.
He was a 2020 graduate of Liberty HS. He was a junior majoring in finance at Temple University, Philadelphia, where he was on the dean’s list. He intended to go to law school.
He began swimming at age three and swam with the Bethlehem Stars and the Bethlehem YMCA. He swam with coach Reik Foust at Liberty HS, where he was a captain. He was an instructor, coach and lifeguard at the YMCA and at Northwest Swim Club.
He played for St. Anne’s CYO basketball, track and field and football teams; Bethlehem Raiders youth football club and at Northeast M.S. with the soccer and football teams. At Northeast, he was a member of the choir; marching, concert and jazz band and the orchestra. He won several chorus and percussion musician awards with World Percussion. In 2016, he won the Northeast M.S. P.R.O.U.D. Award.
At Liberty, he was a pole vaulter on the cross-country team and the track team. He played violin and percussion with the Grenadier Band, 1st Company; pep band and orchestra. He was on the band senate. He was inducted into the National Honor Society.
He was a baker and created whimsical artisanal cakes. He collected colorful socks (his favorite color was red).
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Joshua and Jacob; godparents, Ann Zsido and Dave Bertram; an aunt, Cathleen McCormack; four uncles, Russ McCormack (Joani), Ed McCormack, Lou Zsido and Damon Jones (Antonette); seven cousins, Marques, Zack, Tracy, Shane, Zoe, DJ and Dominic, great-aunts; great-uncles; cousins; and friends.
Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 200 Vesey St., Floor 28, New York, N.Y. 10281; or visit jdrf.org
Arrangements were made by Cantelmi Long Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem, PA 18018.