On the night that we celebrate the coming of Jesus into this world; Jay C. Mumper left this world to be in the arms of Jesus his savior.
Born April 6, 1930, the son of Glenn and Loyal Gasswint Mumper; Jay was brother to the late Robert Mumper and stepbrother to the late Jack Ernst.
His loving wife Doris called him husband and best friend, and even years after her passing she was the love of his life. Sue, John and Mike were loved and guided by their caring father. Frank, Terri and Peggy affectionately called their father-in-law dad as well. Eight nieces and nephews called him Uncle Jay. Ten grandchildren were spoiled by their precious Pappy and fifteen great grandchildren got to meet their grand-pappy. Two as recently as a month ago.
In his early adult life he loved serving his community through Jaycees. With the first name of Jay it was a natural fit. From there his attention turned to Boy Scouts as Scoutmaster for troop 342 in Northumberland where he led by example and was a mentor to both boys and fellow scouters.
Some say he was a look alike for Joe Paterno and he carried a love for Penn State football that would have made Joe proud.
To his family he embodied Christmas including being Santa in the Santa Claus house in Pineknotter Park. Christmas was a magical time because he made it so, even though it was a reminder of his mother’s tragic death on Christmas Eve when he was a child. This love of Christmas was passed on to his kids and their kids; who will ever remember his booming HoHoHo Merry Christmas that announced so many Christmas mornings.
Jay also passed on his love of the ocean. Annual camping trips to Bethany Beach with his children turned into annual trips to the Outer Banks with his adult children and their growing families. To this day his children’s summer is not complete without at least one trip to the shore.
Of all the things he passed on to his family and those around him was his love of God and desire to serve his savior. Christ was the center of Jay and Doris’s marriage and the focal point of their lives. Everything in life flowed from that foundation. In recent years, with limited mobility he transitioned from serving, teaching, leading and mentoring to being a prayer warrior for needs of all kinds but especially his family.
His legacy lives on through countless lives.