John C. Dancer

Apr 11, 2018
John Dancer

Somerville — Pastor John Calvin Dancer, 70, went home to be with his Lord Monday, April 2, 2018, while surrounded by his loving family at home.

Born March 8, 1948, in Gardiner, he was the son of John L. and Helen Brawn Dancer. John attended Glen Cove Christian Academy, graduating in 1967. Following high school, John married his longtime sweetheart, Donna Roberts, whom he had started dating when he was 16 years old. On May 16, 1970, the pair were married in Carmel, N.Y. Attending Northeastern Bible College in Essex Fells, N.J., John earned a bachelor's degree in Bible and later a theology degree.

For many years, Pastor Dancer filled pulpits along the East Coast, serving first as an assistant pastor at Old First Church in Cedar Grove, N.J. Later he pastored at East Wilton Baptist Church and then Charlotte Baptist Church. For more than 32 years, John shared his love of Jesus with the congregation at South Somerville Baptist Church.

John’s greatest joy in life was his family. He loved nothing more than spending time with them, especially camping trips and working around the house. He greatly enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader.

He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

Predeceased by his father and a sister, Janey Dancer; John is survived by his mother, Helen Dancer, of Whitefield; his wife, Donna; two sons, Johnathan Dancer and Joshua Dancer, all of Somerville; a daughter, Susan Batty, and her husband, Bill, of Spruce Head; a sister, Lois Bourque, and her husband, Steve, of Whitefield; six grandchildren, Julia, Nathaniel and Matthew Batty, Grace, Hannah and Benjamin Dancer; as well as many nieces and nephews; and two great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visiting hours were held Saturday, April 7, at South Somerville Baptist Church, where a Home-Going Celebration was held at 11 a.m. Pastor Brian Richie officiated.

Those who wish may make memorial donations to South Somerville Baptist Church, 8 Hewett Road, Somerville, ME 04348.

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

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