John A. Tunstall Jr., age 70, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 16 while returning from a family vacation to Niagara Falls, Canada. Road trips with his family and time spent at his beach house in Bethany Beach were two of John’s favorite ways to spend time. Spoiling his three grandchildren, shopping for bargains, and chauffeuring his wife of 48 years to work followed closely. With his passing we have lost our world, our hero and the rock of our family.

John was born November 13, 1946 in Wilmington, Delaware to the late Marion and John Tunstall. He attended De La Warr High School and then earned a business degree at Goldey Beacom College while attending night school and working for DuPont. While in high school, John played basketball and baseball, was student council president, and served as a representative to Boys State. John also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Shortly after graduation, John was hired by the DuPont Company where he worked for 36 years, the majority of those years at Louviers in the Engineering Department. After retiring from DuPont, John worked at Standard Register and Digital Direct.

For a large part of his life, John could be found playing basketball, or on the softball field playing for the Honchos in the Louviers league, or in the church softball league where many great memories and friendships were formed.

As a father and a friend, he was always happy to help. Anything could be fixed with duct tape or glue, and broken items, were always taken to Pop Pop to be repaired. He was the first person his daughters called when anything was needed, and he could be counted on to stop whatever he was doing and quickly come to their rescue.

After the birth of his grandchildren, John could be found at whatever practice, game or event they were participating in, or out shopping for the toy they claimed they could not live without. Pop Pop could turn every frown into a smile with a pack of Smarties or other treats from his pocket. His love for them was immense. He will be greatly missed.

John was a member of the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite since 1978 and a long-term member of the Masonic St. John’s Lodge No. 2 in New Castle, Delaware.

John is survived by his high school sweetheart, Nancy (Scherer), his daughters Tanya Standarowski and Taryn Smith (Greg) and the three little people who brought him the most joy, his grandchildren Ellie Standarowski and Garrett and James Smith. He is also survived by his two younger brothers, Donald and Michael Tunstall (Alesha), sister-in-law Gayle Lobley (John), brother-in-law, Thomas Scherer (Marguerite), and ten nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visit McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Highway on Tuesday evening, August 22 from 6-8 to visit the family and to share memories. Funeral services celebrating John’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at McCrery & Harra at 11:00 am. Burial will take place following the service at Red Clay Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a charity of your choice.