John Alexander Cfescus
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Brookman Family Cemetery
St. Thomas. U.S. Virgin Islands
November 2. 1981
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John Alexander vfescus
February 26, 1913 October 28, 1981
"Many may wonder why I am so quiet, soft-hearted, patient and
understanding. I live a peaceful yet simple life because that is all I
could, would, and was taught to do. Selfishness, jealousy, hatred, and
prejudice never were, and never will be my refuge for life's misgivings."
Though never actually spoken, these words describe the gentle and
kind nature of John Alexander Mescus II. The son of Emella Monsanto
and John Alexander Mescus I. he was born on St. Thomas, February
The 68-year-old native received his education under the Benjamin E.
Oliver Administration at the Abraham Lincoln School, presently the J.
Antonio Jarvis Elementary School. After completing his six years at
Lincoln School, he went to work at the West Indian Company, where
during his 50 years of service, he advanced from stevedore to operations
assistant, the position he held up to the time of his death.
John Mescus, more fondly known as "John Twinkling." a name
given to him by his softball colleagues for his agility, was not only a
loving and giving husband, father, family-man and friend, but an active
member of his church and community.
He was well known for his active years in St. Andrew's Church, serv-
ing as a member of the Bishop's Committee, Men's Club and other
activities. He served the community through his involvement in the
Lion's Club and Boy Scouts, as well as the political circle.
But his first regard was for his family to whom he gave his love un-
selfishly. For those who knew him, he was the epitome of relentless
love and warmth. For this reason he asked that those who truly loved
him, care for him, laughed with him, and now cry for him in their
hearts ... remember that he'll always be around.
Let no tears fall when he's thought of, for his life speaks for him -
full of joy and compassion and should be remembered as such.
"There is a calm; a sure retreat
Tis found beneath the mercy seat "
WIFE Kathleen Dorothy Mescus
Winifred Mascus Scott
SISTERS Esther Bressendorf
AUNTS Magdalene Moses
NIECES Ubeldena Mescus
NEPHEWS Hans Bressendorf
And many other relatives
too numerous to mention
Filimon Duran, Jr.
Valdemar Hill, Jr.
j Frank Milfs
i Henry Richerdson
Order 6f Sviice
Reception of the Body ... Prayer Book, page 466
Professional Hymn... Hymnal 590
The Burial Anthems... Prayer Book, page 491
The Eulogy... Lion Rufus Martin
The Collect... Prayer Book, page 493
THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading... Lamentations 3:22-26, 31-33
Psalms 46 and 121 ... Prayer Book, pages 649,779
Second Reading... I John 3:1-2
Hymn... Hymnal 91
The Holy Gospel... John 10:11-16
The Sermon ... Fr. Julian Clarke
The Apostles' Creed ... Prayer Book, page 496
The Prayers of the People ... Prayer Book, page 497
THE CELEBRATION OF THE HOLY COMMUNION
Offertory Hymn... Hymnal, 421
The Great Thanksgiving... Prayer Book, page 361
The Lord's Prayer... Prayer Book, page 364
The Breaking of Bread ... Prayer Book, page 364
Communion Hymn... Hymnal 345
Post Communion Prayer... Prayer Book, page 498
Prayer Book ... page 499
Recessional Hymn. .. Hymnal 88
We, the management and employees of The West Indian Company,
were grieved to learn of the passing of Mr. John A. Mescus.
We shall always remember him as one who has given over fifty years
of dedicated and loyal service to the company. He joined the company
in 1929 as a warehouse checker when Mr. Hjalmar Bang was Managing
Director, and rose through the ranks as Chief Checker, Sales Adminis-
trator in the Trading Department, and, most recently, Operations
Assistant in the Operations Department. John Mescus was truly an
exemplary employee of the company and we shall all miss him.
You have our deepest sympathy. We only wish there were some
small way in which we could lighten your burden of sorrow.
Hans, F. Jahn, President
The West Indian Company Limited
Deeply saddened to learn of John Mescus' death. Please pass my
wife's and my own sincere condolences to his family. I shall always
remember him as a loyal and true friend and a great asset to his com-
pany and his colleagues, and a man who was always willing to help
( Kind regards,
East Asiatic Company, Trading
I wish to extend to you and your family my deep sense of loss upon
learning of the death of my good friend, John.
He will long be remembered by me and those who had the pleasure
of knowing him, for his tireless efforts in civic and sporting activities.
These activities contributed considerably toward building peace and
harmony within our community.
At this very sad time, my family joins me in extending our prayers
that God will comfort and sustain you through this difficult period and
in the days ahead.
With my deepest sympathy, I remain.
Henry A. Million
U.S. Virgin Islands
On behalf of the members of the St. Thomas Lions Club and all the
Lions of Multiple District 60, I extend my deepest sympathy in your
We claimed John as one of our strongest and truest brothers. The
zeal with which he carried out lionism in our community is indeed a
tribute to his fine character and his strong aspirations for the continued
improvement of life in his community.
Although we grieve now at his passing, we are glad our lives have
been enriched by his presence and service with us. We can remember
him best by continuing the work that he so truly enjoyed.
A humble person, and one of our finest Tailtwisters, he would
probably have fined me for saying these words. It is a fine I would
gladly pay, for few men have so richly and deeply touched the lives of
others as has he.
A truly deserved Lions Roar to John.
Ronald M. Joseph
President, St. Thomas Lions Club