went to be with our Lord on  Aug. 22, 2014

John Milton Drew, age 81, of Erie, Pa., passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014, at Erie Veteran Affairs Medical Center. He was the eldest of thirteen children born to the late Milton A. Drew and Edna Moultrie Drew. Milton and Edna, both college graduates, who emphasized the importance of hard work, perseverance, and the empowerment which comes with education, in conjunction with instilling the core values of honesty, respect for self and others, responsibility, as well as good citizenship in the raising of their children; believing these attributes were essential to their children's ability to live productive and meaningful lives.


John graduated from East High School in 1950. Before beginning his career as an educator, John was drafted into the military in February 1953, and was stationed in Trieste, Italy, until his unit was discharged in December 1954. He was employed at the Inner Lake Iron, before attending Edinboro State Teacher's College in the fall of 1955, where he lettered in tennis and worked in the athletic department. During his senior year, he was a student coach, a precursor to his role as an educator. He also did graduate work at Gannon College, Western Michigan University, and Duquesne University. Upon graduation in 1959, John was appointed a position as a Social Studies teacher at East High School, where he taught Social Studies for 28 years.

 After retirement, Mr. Drew became an integral part of the Law Funeral Home staff, where his wisdom was greatly appreciated by the late E. Scott Law and the current staff. During his tenure at East High School, he was the Faculty Manager for the wrestling team, coached the tennis team, winning one city championship, and was a PIAA Wrestling official for 16 years.


John had served the Erie Community tirelessly over the years. He had and did serve on many volunteer community boards and commissions, including The Booker T. Washington Board of Directors, The Erie Historic Museum Board of Directors, Catholic Charities Board of Directors, Erie Children's Museum Board of Directors, Greater Erie Action Committee Board of Directors, Erie Human Relations Commission, Edinboro University Foundation Board of Directors, Erie City Service Commission, R. Benjamin Wiley Charter School Board of Directors, GECAC RSVP Advisory Council, and many more. He was a member of the American Legion Post 700 and held the office of Adjutant, Gem City ELKS, and YMCA.


In February 2004, the Erie School Board dedicated the auditorium of the newly built East High School to John, naming it the John Milton Drew Auditorium.

John had been a longtime member of St. Marks Episcopal Church, where he served as an Usher.


In his spare time, he loved to golf, play racquet ball, work crossword puzzles, read, and listen to music (jazz and classical).

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy F. Drew, Helen R. Drew, two brothers, Devere George Drew and Gerald, and stepson Dwayne Blanchard.

John is survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbara L. Drew, stepson, Grove A. Blanchard (June) and stepdaughter, Sheila I. Blanchard. He is survived by siblings, Mariann Chanault, Ronald R. Drew, Asa (Diane) Drew, Jeanne E. Effinger, Sandra K. (Carl) Williams, Barry T. (Marsha) Drew, Cynthia D. Drew, Valery Brewer, and several of his Golf Brothers.

Friends visited with the family on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Law Funeral Home, 2926 Pine Ave., and attended a  packed service on Friday, August 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Marks Episcopal Church, 4701 Old French Road, with Rev. Donald Baxter, eulogizing. Interment was private, at the convenience of the family.

 

Cynthia, Sandi, Carl, I am so sorry for your loss. When I heard that John passed away, I made this page for him.
I remember him from school. He was an awesome teacher and roll model for the young men of his classes. All the girls worshiped him
Glad to see he had a good life.
Rest in Peace Mr. Drew. You will always have a place here at life ever after.
Margaret Fuller Harrison
East High class of 1967

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August 22, 2016

have passed since you left this earth. Your family and friends remember you.

 

February 22, 2016

Today your brother Ronald "Doby" Drew, joined you in Heaven.  We are sad by his leaving but know that he is happy and without pain.
Margaret Harrison 

 

 

December 2014
Your first Christmas in Heaven. A wondrous  event. Your family here on Earth miss you deeply, but we know that you are watching over all of us. Until we see you again.

 
 
 

August 29, 2014
Barbara, you and your family are in my prayers. I am so sorry.
Martha Koval,
Delmont, Pennsylvania

August 29, 2014
My sympathies on the passing of John Drew, and I regret not being able to get to the viewing or service.
I worked with John for several years when he served on the Erie Civil Service Board.
He was always fair and thorough in the decisions made, and was a fine and decent man.
Jerry Villella,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 29, 2014
Dear Barbara and the Drew and James families,

I have reached the age where I am struck by how much I find out about someone I think I am acquainted with from their obituary.
But one didn't need to know the facts of John's life to know that he was a magnificent human being.
I regret I didn't know him better but his actions speak for the man he will always be in our regard.
Love, affection and deepest sympathy,
Destiny Kinal and Kinal siblings

August 29, 2014
To Ron and the Drew Family
I did not know John well but enough to know that he was a truly nice man.
You have my sympathy on his passing. Sorry I could not make it to the funeral home or the service.
Wally Knox
 

August 29, 2014
Barbara and the Drew Family,
 we are so sorry for your loss.
We are praying that the beautiful memories of a life so well lived will bring you comfort and sustain you in the days ahead.
With Love,
Melvan and Stella Sansom

August 28, 2014
To the Drew family.
We are sorry for your loss. Stand on His Word. He won't leave you, nor forsake you.
We are praying for you and the family. May God comfort you during this time.
Love Ronnie, Sheila & Brianna McQueen

August 28, 2014
*May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.
Avis Kelley and Sons
Simpsonville, South Carolina
 

August 28, 2014
All our prayers to the Drew family. I first met Mr. Drew in the early 70s, when I was just a boy, as he was my older brothers and sister's teacher at East, and I also visited 'Family Day' at Warrior football camps. I followed my siblings to EHS (Class of '83), and though I never had Mr. Drew as a teacher, he was a man I was always able to talk to and I gained much from those conversations. I later saw him during Civil Service Board meetings with the city, and then often saw him and his equally awesome wife at Bayhawks games. He was a man who was widely admired and respected, and I am better for knowing him and this world lost a great person. Cherish the memories and take comfort in each other.
Kerry Kruise,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 28, 2014
Hello Barb. Our prayers are with you and your family.
I know he will be missed.
Love you.
Sylvia Brown,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 28, 2014
Hi Barb, my prayers are with you and the Drew Family.
Julia & Len Jefferson,
Erie, Pennsylvania
 
August 28, 2014
Mr. Drew was a class act as an official and as a man! He was one of the good guys! My deepest sympathies!
Paul Cousins

August 28, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the Drew family.
John was a true gentleman and it was a pleasure to work with him at Law Funeral Home.
God Bless.
Michael Whitaker,
Erie, Pennsylvania
 

August 28, 2014
Dear family, my deepest condolences to you for your loss. may GOD comforting grace be with you .
Glenn Horton,
Los Angeles, California

August 28, 2014
To Barbara & the extended Drew Family, My sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. Mr. Drew was a friend & mentor to many outside of his own family. He took me and some other youth under his wing back in 1967 when we worked for the first NYC program in Erie teaching us work ethics and often times allowing us to attend lunch & meetings with him when he was employed as a lead Counselor for the program. I've never forgotten his goodness and what he did for us that summer. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you during this time of bereavement. "Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal".
Denis HORTON,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 28, 2014
Hello Barbara. Our heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family.
You and John were among the best of the 31st Street neighbors.
His impressive obituary demonstrated John's strengths and goodness beyond what I knew of him.
Kind thoughts and prayers continue.

Love,
Jean & Bob Zimmer

August 28, 2014
Love and prayers for Barbara, the Drew and James family.
May you find peace in so many wonderful memories and the love and respect he richly deserves.
Cathy (Allen) Spruce,
Charleston, South Carolina

August 28, 2014
Barb & Drew Family
My deepest condolences to you during the passing of your husband John.
May you find peace in knowing that others are praying for you and the entire Drew family.
Your friend,
Verneta Nina Jordan,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 28, 2014
"Deepest Sympathy"
Patricia Carter,
Greensboro, North Carolina

August 28, 2014
My condolences to Barbara and the whole Drew family
Anyone whoever met John will have nothing but fond memories of a life well lived
RIP my Friend..
Don Moyer,
Newark, New Jersey

August 28, 2014
My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Drew and the Drew family.
Mr. Drew was my social studies teacher at East High School.
I remember him fondly and God Bless.
Barbara Fair-Myers,
Orlando, Florida

August 28, 2014
Deepest sympathies.
Kris (Lombardo) Copeland,
Albion, Pennsylvania

August 28, 2014
We will miss Mr. Drew. I had him as a teacher at East High.
Although I do not reside in Erie when I went home to visit I would often see Mr. Drew, I would always stop to talk with him.
He is in the Hands of the Lord now, a very good place to be.
I have prayed for the entire Drew family, this is a difficult time, a time to ask God for strength to get through.
CARROLL PURDUE,
GLEN BURNIE, Maryland

August 28, 2014
Deepest condolences to his immediate family and extended family.
A model of patience and compassion and a quiet and passionate leader, a prince among men.
All who knew him feel as I do blessed by his friendship and by knowing him.
You are in our prayers, Coach.
Tony Vitelli, EHS class of 65 
Baltimore, Maryland

August 28, 2014
On behalf of the Cole family I wish to express our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to the Drew Family.
May the Lord bless, keep and guide you during your time of bereavement. 
Bill Cole,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 28, 2014
I offer my deepest condolences to the Drew family. Mr. Drew was an awesome teacher and I will never forget how he made you think deep about an issue and not focus on the hype and rhetoric. His insights on the debates we had about slavery in his class still resonate with me some 40+ years later. He will be truly missed.
Leslie Woodard Gaynor,
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

August 28, 2014
John taught me Civics at East High, 43 years ago,...I will never forget him. He was truly a great teacher and a caring person.
May he rest in peace.
David Taccone,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 28, 2014
My condolences and prayers to the Drew family. I truly had the utmost respect for his wisdom and leadership that was a constant during my tenure at East High. A outstanding role model and mentor that will truly be missed.
David Pope,
Washington, District of Columbia

August 28, 2014
My heart goes out to the family. John was a charming man with a great sense of humor.
 I have only known him since joining St. Mark's, but felt blessed to share time with him.
He will be missed greatly by his church family too.
Susan Kaliszewski,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 28, 2014
This is extremely sad news that East High and the Erie community lost one of its true great people.
John "Moot" was one of the "Ol Guard" at East High that made it a great school.
What an inspirational teacher and person for all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you Barb.

Bruce Chase,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 28, 2014
Dear Family, I had Mr. Drew several years for various history and civic classes at East High during the 1963-1968 years. He was such a terrific teacher and I considered him a friend. He chose me one time to help him with a bulletin board, (I was so proud he asked me to do that) and also picked me to go on the annual Law Day outing to the court house. That meant the world to me. He was always so interesting as a teacher and had such a gift. I always wished I would run into him and tell him what he meant to me. I appreciated him so much. My deepest sympathies to your family.
Doris Mungle-Renshaw,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 28, 2014
Barbara Drew and Family:
You are in our prayers during your time of bereavement. May God comfort you all and put peace in your hearts.
May John's memories last a lifetime in your hearts.
Teresa Chatman,
Erie, Pennsylvania
 

August 28, 2014
Condolences to the Drew family. Mr. Drew was a wonderful teacher for me at East and will be sadly missed.
John Horton,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 28, 2014
My deepest sympathies to the Drew family...I remember Mr. Drew as a wonderful, caring teacher ..who gave 100% all the time.
My thoughts and prayers are with u at this difficult time.. East High class of 87' Kimberly Gilson Love
Kimberly Gilson-Love,
Erie, Pennsylvania
 

August 27, 2014
Sympathy being extended to the Drew Family. May your Hearts find Peace in
your Loss.
Byron E Leftwich,
Girard, Pennsylvania
 

August 27, 2014
Mr. Drew was my history teacher in the late 60's.. the world has lost a great person, however heaven has gained another!!!
Kathy Matteson (tanner),
south Daytona beach, Florida

August 27, 2014
MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE DREW FAMILY WIFE FAMILY AND FRIENDS I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS
 I LOVE MR. DREW HE WAS A WARRIOR I WAS SO GLAD I HAD HIM FOR MY TEACHER
YOU HAD A BLESS LIFE GOD BLESS YOU MR .DREW
JACKIE FORD CLASS OF 1984
ERIE, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Renae Hicks,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
With deepest sympathy to Barb and family.
Sherri and Jack Dempsey
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
To the Drew Family, my deepest sympathies to your family. I had Mr Drew at East High over35 years ago and
He was highly respected, such a wonderful teacher and a great role model,
I will never forget him being part of my life.
May he rest in peace.
Thoughts and prayers for Mr. Drew and family.
Sincerely
 East High Warrior
Kelly Swasing
Erie, Pennsylvania
 

August 27, 2014
Mr. Drew taught me back in the early 1980's and I still remember him.
I too have gone on to be a Social Studies teacher, he was very well liked by the students.
God Bless you and your family.
Jane Fry,
Rockville, Maryland
 

August 27, 2014
Ms Barbara...I am very shocked and saddened to learn about Mr. Drew.
My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Robbe Robinson,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Mr Drew was the best teacher I ever had. He was a no nonsense kind of guy.
His spirit will live on in all the students he taught...He will be missed. Blessings
Lori Biletnikoff,
Springfield, Oregon

August 27, 2014
Our condolences to the Drew family. Mr. Drew was my history teacher at East High School.
Please be comforted with knowing the positive impact he had on so many lives. May God Bless you in this time of sorrow.
Denise (Dee) and Dr. Julia Williams
Erie, Pennsylvania

 

August 27, 2014
You will be greatly missed Mr Drew .As my former teacher and coach, I always looked as you as my mentor and friend.
I will never forget all the help you gave me as I grew in high school.
You were an inspiration to me.
Thanks again!!!
Douglas DeForce,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Barbara and entire Drew Family,

I was deeply saddened to read about John's death. As a child, I knew John as Uncle Billy's good friend, fellow teacher, and fellow coach.
Even at that early age it was obvious to me that he was a special person.
As an adult, I came to know John (and Barbara) as people I should try to emulate in their roles as parents, teachers,
community leaders, and all-around great persons.

As an aside, one of my fondest memories is regularly running into John as he walked his huge dog (a Rottweiler, I think)
around the field as I coached my youth soccer teams. Those brief encounters were always so enjoyable.

Barbara, Barry, Ronnie and the entire family, please accept my sincere condolences.
Bob Brabender, Jr.
Erie, Pennsylvania
 

August 27, 2014
You know we love ya'll...Our heartfelt sympathy to Barbara, Grove2, Sheila, and the entire Drew family.
What a difference John made in the life of the Erie community. Our prayers go out to you --
With Love, Doug, Ronda and the James Family.
Houston, Texas

August 27, 2014
With sincere condolences to the Drew family . Mr. Drew was not only a great teacher but a friend to all.
This man taught me to have respect and to respect others, to be a friend and have faith in believing
Mr. Drew was one of the best teacher that any one could have asked for.
We now celebrate with him as he starts his new journey to a better life with our Lord..
May you rest in peace Mr. Drew Sir
Christine (Golab) Quest,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Sending my Deepest Sympathy.
You have a special angel watching over you.
East High School class of 1973.
Mary (Lunger) McCallion,
Hudson, Florida

August 27, 2014
my prayers go out to the Drew family.
Mr. Drew was an excellent teacher and motivator. As young teenagers we of course tried to get away with goofing off in class. I to this day mention Mr. Drew who explained to me with his 2x4 paddle with holes drilled in it to lean against his desk and don't flinch because you would get another. I can say that I never goofed off in his class ever again, and we were really close the time I was at East High School. He truly was one of the few teachers who made an impact on me, which I continue to carry with me to this day.
Rest in peace Mr. Drew.

August 27, 2014
Our Heartfelt Sympathy to the family of John Drew, a great man who made an impact on his students as well as the community.
Our prayers go out to Barbara, children and the entire Drew family. He's will surely be missed.
With Sympathy and Love,
Bill and LaVerne Pryor and Family,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Rest in Peace, Mr. Drew!
From a fellow Warrior-East High Class of 1972.
Linda Kowalczyk,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Barbara, sorry to hear about John. You have our sympathy and our prayers.
Pete and Merle Donatucci
Bradenton, Florida

August 27, 2014
Barbara, words cannot express how I feel regarding John's passing.
I will always remember the many times I sat in your kitchen and we had those long philosophical conversations.
I am praying for you and your family.
With deepest Sympathy,
Lyn Twillie-Darby  James Darby

August 27, 2014
To the Drew family. I wish to extend my sincere condolences.
I well remember Mr. Drew from my time at East High. He was a good teacher and more.
He was a great caring man
My prayers are with you at this time
Dennis Nothnagel Sr.
EHS class of 1966
Tonawanda, New York

August 27, 2014
I was in Mr. Drew's first year Social Studies class at East and he was a great teacher, mentor and understanding man.
He spoke at our 25th year class reunion and remembered almost everyone's name.
What a tribute to educators!! My deepest sympathy to his family.
Pat (Sullivan) Stroz
Fairfield, Ohio

August 27, 2014
Barbara and Carol, I am so sorry that John will no longer be in your presence.
I thank God that he has called our brother home to a more restful, peaceful and holy place.
I pray that you are comforted in knowing that
John was the best and he loved you dearly. From one Sistah to another.
Dorcas Crosby,
Washington, District of Columbia

August 27, 2014
I had the privilege of having Mr. Drew as my teacher while attending East High.
Besides teaching us academics, he taught us respect for ourselves, others & the community! He touched so many lives.
What a great man!
My deepest sympathies to the family.
Kathy Lee Napierkowski

August 27, 2014
Mr. Moot, my dear friend...Beth & I already miss you but know that you're in a much better place!
 It's very hard to comprehend that you're no longer with us in body, but know you'll always be with u in spirit!
God bless the entire family!
Love,
Gerald Blanks,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Dear Barbara and Family,
I was stunned when I saw John's obit. He was so kind and helpful when I started teaching at East in 1987.
I knew when I met him that I would value his friendship forever.
He will remain in my heart forever and you will be in my thoughts and prayers, Barbara.
Love
Judith Emling,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
To my Aunt Barbra words cannot describe the impact John had on the community .
 I am sure I can say any student that had him at East High is a better person for knowing him.
 A great teacher and a Great man he will be missed by all who knew him.
Shawn Thompson,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Mr. Drew was an excellent teacher and s great role model. He will be missed!
Praying for your strength! -
Chris E. Darby/DeBerry, EHS Class of 83 (Jacksonville, FL)

August 27, 2014
Mr. Drew to and for myself and many was every bit the gentlemen and a gentleman; a scholar, educator and mentor in life.
The passing of 50 years never erased all the wonderful values that were received in his presence;
a man of love and character that created lasting memories for all.
My sincere sympathy and condolence to the Drew family.
Mr. Drew's spirit will remain though absent in body.

Randall Olson,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
The Currier Brothers,
East Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Mrs. Drew and family
John was truly an exceptional gentleman who will be sadly missed by all whose life he touched.
When I started as a wrestling official John took me under his wind and mentored me like he would a son.
 When I saw him on the golf course he always had a nice and kind word to say. I was proud to call him my friend and mentor.
I will be out of town for the services but wanted to share my thoughts and my deepest sympathy.
Tom Dubik,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Barbra, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Jon Christensen,
New Smyrna beach, Florida
 

August 27, 2014
Barbara, Barry, Ron and the entire Drew family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Moots passing. He was a good man and a good friend.
We shared a lot of good times , especially at the NCAAs . We will miss him.
Elmer Smith
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Mrs. Drew and family;
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Drew. I had him as a teacher at East and enjoyed his classes.
Our prayers are with you!
D Achille,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
My sincere condolences to Ron and the Drew family on the loss of John.
He was a great community leader and I had the honor of working with him on a number to projects during my years at Mercyhurst College.
May he rest in peace with the Lord.
John Nesbit/Washington, PA

August 27, 2014
RIP. JOHN
john alecci,
Erie, Pennsylvania
 

August 27, 2014
Cynthia ,my heartfelt sympathy to the entire Drew family. John was my first boss in the summer jobs program.
Denise Horton and I truly admired his wit but stern directions setting an example for us at an early age.
I will forever be grateful. You were a good servant.
Phil Williams Hunter
Philomena Hunter,
Twinsburg, Ohio
 

August 27, 2014
I loved taking Civics at East High from Mr. Drew...what a wonderful teacher!
Over 40 years later I can still see him in the front of the class in a room over in the annex.
Thank you! A heart of a Warrior!
Patty McLaughlin-Moyer,
Raleigh, North Carolina

August 27, 2014
John was a good man. I knew him from the Downtown YMCA. Always friendly, always funny. I am so sorry for you loss.
Jack Benson,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Sending my condolences & prayers to a long time teacher of mine.
You will be truly missed Mr. Drew!!!

August 27, 2014
Rest in peace John. Thanks for the fellowship at the YMCA. I enjoyed playing racquetball with you.
My condolences to the family. John was kind and humble and he'll be missed.
Sincerely,
Ken Slaney

August 27, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the family. Mr. Drew will be greatly missed.
Denise Pope,
Windsor Mill, Maryland

August 27, 2014
I had Mr Drew as a teacher at East High School. He was an excellent teacher & was very popular with his students.
So very sorry for your loss.
Sandra Sasso,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Barbara, so sorry to hear of John's passing. I so enjoyed meeting with John and you each year, and am deeply saddened by his passing.
I wish you the best, and may God bless you and your children in this time of sadness.
DON SHRIVER,
ERIE, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
Barb, my deepest sympathy on your loss. Thank you for sharing John with us.
Glynn Chase

August 27, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the Drew family. John was a wonderful person to know and work with.
My prayers and are with him and your family.
God Bless,
Darleen Miller Wilkinson
 

August 27, 2014
Ron and Barry,
Sorry to hear about your brother. He indeed lived a productive and meaningful life.
Pierre McCormick

August 27, 2014
John was a good friend for a long time. He was the source of much good advice.
He was a steady, consistent hand in troubled times.
My condolences to his family on your deep loss.
Ron Koehler,
Erie, Pennsylvania

August 27, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Drew. What a great teacher!
He was a wonderful role model for the students and kept his class focused, not to mention entertained with his dancing moves
and golf swings. Prayers for you all on the loss of a great man.
 Anne Dembinski-Drozdowski,
Erie, Pennsylvania
 

August 27, 2014
My deepest sympathies to the family for your loss of Mr. Drew. His contribution to Erie is immeasurable.
David Brown,
Laguna Beach, California