John was born in Dundalk, Ontario, Canada. He attended Kent School and Trinity College in Hartford. He was a history teacher for 30 years in New Jersey and New York state. In the last 20 years, he ran an orientation program for the King's Scholars from Thailand, students who come to the USA to attend American universities. For the past 15 years, this event was held in December at Stony Point Center. John served on the Kent U.N. program, Templeton Farms, the Kent Democratic Town Committee and the Brookwoods Association board.
John is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jacqueline Slayer; his son, Andrew Rorke and his wife, Linda, of Ventura, Calif.; his daughter, Kirsten and her husband, George Yarbrough, of Staten Island, N.Y.; one grandson, Michael Yarbrough; his brother, the Rev. Steve Rorke and his wife, Jeanne, of Alexandria, Va.; a niece, Robyn and her husband, Bryan Sinquefield, and their two children, Eric and Vera, of Alexandria.
Questions may be directed to Jackie Rorke who may be reached at 860-927-3817 or by emailing Paula Sandusky.