John Klop Obituary, Death – On November 4th, 2022, at the age of 56, John William Klop, a loyal brother and dear friend to many, died. John was born on September 28th, 1966, and has lived in New Hampshire his entire life. As the only son of John and Frances Klop, he grew up in Bedford. His four adored sisters were never far from his thoughts. He graduated from Trinity High School and worked as a pressman for the Manchester Union Leader for numerous years. He had previously worked as a Sales Representative for Quality Insulation for the past five years.
John has had a lifelong passion for hockey. He began playing hockey at a young age and continues to do so throughout high school and the years since. He coached the Memorial High School hockey team for 31 years, alongside Walley Tafe Jr, Kyle McDonough, Mark Putney, and Neil Poitrus. Coach Putney devised the “John Klopper” award in 2016 to recognize his dedication to coaching younger players and the spirit of the game. “The Klopper Award was given to a Memorial Player who demonstrated a willingness to put his teammates first, who wants to block shots, take a hit and create a play, or win a one-on-one battle, and who wants to compete in every shift, period, and game,” according to the website.
Garrett, Andrea, Cameron, Ryan, Ian, Jonathan, and Haley, his nieces and nephews, will tell you, “Johnny was fantastic, the sweetest dearest loving friend, and he had a heart of gold.” They treasured every moment they spent with him. He was looking forward to boating with family and friends, as well as tranquil fishing on the family’s Northwood Lake property. He was predeceased by his parents, John “Jack” Klop and Frances “Fran” Klop, as well as his sister, Kathy Bennett. He is survived by his sister, Donna K. Lencki of Candia, New Hampshire, Jackie Sweet of Centerville, Virginia, Karen Logan and her husband Scott of Eliot, Maine, and other nieces and nephews, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Calling hours will be held at The Phaneuf Funeral Home & Crematorium, 243 Hanover Street in Manchester, on Tuesday, November 15th from 3-6pm. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home at 6 p.m. Friends and relatives are warmly welcomed. Donations in John’s memory may be made to The American Red Cross, www.redcross.org, or The American Heart Association, www.heart.org, in place of flowers.