John Taliaferro “Jack” Worthington

February 19, 1925 - November 16, 2019

John Taliaferro (“Jack”) Worthington of Pineland, Florida, died peacefully on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Hope Hospice House.  He was 94.

Jack was born on February 19, 1925 in Alexandria, Virginia.  He was an active combat veteran of World War II, serving in the First Marine Combat Engineer Battalion of the United States Marine Corps in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.  After the war, he worked as a civilian engineer at the Navy’s submarine base in Key West, as a banker in Alexandria, then in Nassau, Bahamas, and finally in Plantation, Florida, and as a commercial real estate broker with his own company in Plantation before retiring to Pine Island.

Jack’s many interests included flying, sailing, boat-building, kayaking, and nature in all its forms.  He loved animals, especially his dogs.  He loved an icy martini, a good book, a brisk paddle around Pine Island Sound, and his independence.  Most especially, he loved his daughter, Lisa.

There will be no public visitation or service.  A private get-together for Jack’s friends will take place at a later date. 

Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Randell Research Center, P.O. Box 608, Pineland, FL 33945.

Mullins Memorial funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Greg A Thaggard Nov 23, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    I only knew for six months but that will a very memorable and pleasant time. I started out as a helper but became very good friends very quickly along with Lisa who trusted me to help care for him. As I got to know him over coffee in the mornings I continued to be amazed with all the many stories, events, and experiences. WOW

    I will never forget the talks and the morning golf cart rides. Love you man.

  2. Tina Thaggard Nov 24, 2019 at 1:01 am

    My husband Greg was the Senior Helper who, as Greg would tell you, had the privilege of visiting this man in his home daily for about 6 months…and he had such a deep admiration for JACK. Greg took me on a ride to Pine Island one night where I was able to meet, first Jeff, that sweet faced dog and then Jack, with all of his charm…and that little smile…a character, I could see…and from what Greg told me, because I was always hearing about the “Jack and Jeff” stories (both had become an important part of his own life by now)THIS MAN lived a full, wonderful life and will certainly be missed…especially by his daughter Lisa, I am certain!

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