John W. Ransley

September 1, 1928 - March 7, 2017
John W. Ransley

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John (Jack) W. Ransley, of Carolina Village, Hendersonville, NC passed away on March 7, 2017 after a brief illness. Jack was born in Monmouth County, NJ in 1928 to Leata and John Ransley of Red Bank, NJ. He spent his professional life with New Jersey Bell where he advanced from lineman to management.

He is survived by his children, Susan Swanson of Carmel Valley, CA, John (Lynda) of La Jolla, CA and Andrew of Bow, WA; five grandchildren, Oona, Leta, James, Aaron and Nathan; three great-grandchildren, Jesse, Finn and Scarlett; and many friends.

Jack was predeceased by his wife Jane in February 2016. He was an avid sportsman, who shared his love of fishing and crabbing on the Jersey Shore with his children. He was awed by the power of hurricanes and nor’easters. Jack passed on his deep love of the outdoors to his children through wonderful summers spent camping in the Thousand Islands where they water skied and fished. Jack was a lifelong gardener, fabulous cook and lover of life who hosted many festive evenings serving his family and friends fresh seafood from the Carolina Coast and the bounty from his garden. Jack and his wife Jane frequently travelled to the Caribbean and Europe. He was a 55-year member of the Masonic Lodge, an avid golfer and a member of the Hendersonville Country Club.

A celebration of his life will be held 2 p.m. on Monday, March 13 at Village Hall of Carolina Village.


Monday, March 13, 2017
2:00 PM

Carolina Village Hall - Directions
600 Carolina Village Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • March 10, 2017
    Larry and Frances Gasperson says:
    Jack came into our life's several years ago, at a shop Larry worked at.. he continued coming when we bought the Shop.. so full of life.. he would stop by the shop now and again with some awesome food prepared by him.. He was always willing to give us good advise for our business and personal.. he was very knowledgeable.. We met Jane who instantly grew into our hearts along with Jack, Larry grew very found of this man.. we enjoyed outings with him and Jane.. or just sitting around talking.. many times At the house after Breakfast, he and Larry would nap in the recliners.. course I always laughed a little..Our grand babies loved him to them he was known as poppa Jack.. when he came to visit all would try to sit on his he came bye to see them just a week before he passed...they all gave him extra hugs that day as did I.. and we laughed because the Sunday before we had spent the interest day together... on that Monday he called and told me about his day on Sunday with Larry and I.. I finally realized does he know who he is talking to.. so I said Jack this is Frances he said yes and said Reese .. what ever that meant..finally I said this is Frances Larry Frances.. he started laughing so hard as did I.. but I learned that Tuesday he came over that it was a Frances Reese (I think he said) he thought he had called as we laughed some more.. we were honored to have had such an awesome wonderful caring man in our life's for ever he and Jane will be in our hearts.. Rest In Peace with your beloved Jane, Jack!.. we miss you both so so much.. we're so blessed to have so many good memories in our hearts to last forever of you both

  • March 10, 2017
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  • March 10, 2017
    Virginia Amaro says:
    Dearest friend Susan, May your many memories of your father Jack help to sustain you at this most difficult time. It’s never easy to lose a parent, no matter your age. My heart go out to you and your family. I am here in California remembering the joyous memories that I am privilege to have in knowing you. Please receive my most sincere condolences to you and all your love ones. Don’t forget how much we love and care about you.

  • March 10, 2017
    Tonya says:
    Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is never easy. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • March 11, 2017
    Cathey Miller says:
    Condolences to the many people that loved Jack. He was a remarkable man. He was a good friend to Larry and Frances Gasperson. He will be missed.