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John Porter


Tuesday, October 8th at 3:00 p.m

First Christian Church


John Jermain Porter, 92, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019.
Born on March 5, 1927, he was the son of the late Harold Mitchell Porter and the late Nancy Boyer Porter.
A graduate of Lafayette College, he later joined his father’s business, The Porter Chemical Company in Hagerstown.  A few years after the sale of the business to the Lionel Corporation, John left the business and, with his wife Janice, started a craft and card store called the Busy Bee on the Dual Highway in Hagerstown.  They retired in 1991.
John was a member of First Christian Church, where he served at various times as Usher, Treasurer, Deacon, Elder and Moderator of the Congregation.  He was active in Boy Scouting, earned his Eagle Scout and served in various leadership positions on the Mason-Dixon Council.  He was Past President of the Hagerstown Chamber of Commerce.  John also was a past member of the Hagerstown Exchange Club, where he served in many positions, and as Past President of the Mason-Dixon District of Exchange Clubs.
He is survived by his wife, Helen K. Porter; daughter, Debra Swain of Hagerstown, MD; son, Robert D. Porter of Hagerstown, MD; sister, Nancy McNulty of Southwick, MA; and Helen’s children; Helen George, William McGuire, John McGuire and Elisabeth McGuire; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Snavely Porter; and son, Edward J. Porter.
John’s purpose was to make a difference in the world.  His final act was to donate his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board to further medical science.
A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, October 8th at 3:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Avenue, Hagerstown, MD, with Rev. Richard Kroll and Rev. Jake Caldwell officiating.  Visitation will occur one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.
Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Dear Porter family, What a lovely tribute in today's paper about your wonderful Dad. We have many fond memories of him through my grandparents and our brothers , Howie and Ed. Sending heartfelt prayers to all.

Ranelle Weeks Flurie
Hagerstown, MD

It all began at age 13 with a $1.98 Porter Chemistry gift handed to me by a lens fitter at John and Harold's company. That sparked an eventual college major in Chemistry and a following 38 years in science teaching. THANK YOU John, and Dad, for being the pivotal members in my choosing my life's vocation. I will always cherish fond memories of you and the GREAT Porter Chemical Company.

Ronald D. Busey
Hagerstown, , MD

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