John Denis Katch, Jr., 67

John Denis Katch, Jr., 67, of Pottstown, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at the Reading Hospital. He was the son of the late John Sr. and Alice (Hawkins) Katch. John was a 1974 graduate of Pottsgrove High School where he played football and met his wife of 42 years, Debbie LaRue (Varady) Katch, before going on to attend Wesley College (Dover, DE).

Throughout his life John was an avid Philadelphia sports fan. His love of football began while serving as a ball boy for the Pottstown Firebirds, most notably during their 1969 and 1970 Championship seasons. He went on to become a beloved football coach at many area schools and devoted much of his time to supporting local athletic programs. In addition, he coached numerous teams and held various board positions for the Pottstown Little League, including President. Watching the Eagles win Super Bowl LII and the Phillies, Sixers, Flyers, and Villanova Wildcats win their championships were some of his fondest memories.

John was a member of the Pottstown Elks Lodge. He enjoyed traveling, going on cruises, celebrating his sons’ academic and athletic achievements, and spending time with his family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Surviving along with his wife are his two sons and their families: John A. Katch, his fiancée Tara Carbo, and children Christian, Cora, Charleigh, and Mario. Jarrod A. Katch, his wife Eryn (O’Shaughnessy) Katch, and their son (expected in August). John is also survived by his sister Jan D. St. Germain (Katch); his beloved Bichon, Nova; his in-laws, Alex and LaRue (Hurter) Varady; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A celebration of life will be held privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the next time you watch a Philly sports game, raise a glass in John’s memory, knowing he’s cheering right along with you.

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Debbie and family, I just learned this evening of John’s passing. My thoughts are with you all. May he rest easy.

~ Peter Kemmerer
8/8/2022 8:25:38 PM

We are so sorry for your loss the elks breakfast bunch will miss him greatly

~ Brent sandino
8/5/2022 2:00:18 PM

So sorry to hear about the passing of John, he touched the lives of many. Coach Ciatto and family.

~ Chris Ciatto douglassville, PA
8/1/2022 9:07:21 PM

I was so sorry to hear of Coach Katch’s passing. He coached my son at Daniel Boone and was known very well for his tastycakes. I then saw him many times at the doctors office and he always brought them there for us too. He was always so polite and asked about my sons every time. May he Rest In Peace and may you have comfort during this difficult time.

~ Debbie Davis
8/1/2022 3:05:38 PM

I am so sorry for your loss, Debbie.

~ Kevin Levengood
7/23/2022 12:15:14 AM

I am so sorry for your loss Debbie. Prayers to you and your family.

~ Pamela Pascal
7/22/2022 9:21:48 PM

Debbie,Johnny and Jarrod. Larry and I send our condolences to you and your families at this difficult time

~ Judy Friend
7/22/2022 2:56:17 PM

It was my pleasure & honor to have known you! You will be greatly missed by you Elks brothers & sisters!

~ Robin Moyer Stowe, PA
7/22/2022 1:23:41 PM

Debbie and family. So sorry to hear about your loss. Russ and Mary Ann Lightcap

~ Russ and Mary Ann Lightcap
7/21/2022 7:57:26 PM

So sorry for your loss and we Firebirds will miss him greatly! John was outstanding in keeping the Firebirds memories glowing in the community. He was like our historian keeping us updating on what was happening which we really appreciated! Thanks John ! You will be missed!John RIP, Billy Rakow # 42 , 69',70' Firebirds

~ Bill Rakow
7/21/2022 2:20:47 PM

Dear Debbie, I'm so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I saw John’s name while looking up my father’s obituary, who also passed away recently. Life hasn't been easy in the last few years. I will miss seeing John walk sweet little Nova daily. My dogs would bark and act crazy, and he would try to offer me advice. Eventually, I think he came to the conclusion they were helpless. He was such a devoted doggie daddy, and I'm sure Nova misses him immensely. If you ever need anything, please do not hesitate to ask. You're neighbor, Lisa

~ Lisa English Pottstown, PA
7/21/2022 12:45:03 AM

So sorry for your loss. My late husband Lynn spoke very fondly about John and the Firebirds. I had the honor of meeting him and everyone at the reunions. He and your family remain in my prayers. Memories eternal!

~ Mary Seip
7/20/2022 8:18:14 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. John was a good friend in high school. He was always happy and helpful.

~ Willard J Benner Westminster, CO
7/20/2022 5:58:40 PM

So sorry to hear of John’s passing he kept the Firebird in touch with each other through his reunions. God bless John Greg Berger #3

~ Greg Berger
7/20/2022 3:26:07 PM

He was an amazing story teller who loved the Pottstown firebirds legacy more than one can think of, and i have to say im surprised and sad about these news but he will be dearly missed and one day i hope to finish the legacy sign for the Firebirds to be in Pottstown.

~ Bruno Baltazar Houston, TX
7/20/2022 3:13:26 PM

It’s heartbreaking to hear about John. I remember him living at my grandmother’s house with his sister. Many good memories of him through the years. So sorry Debbie. He was lucky to have you for 42 years My thoughts and prayers are with you????

~ Barb Lawrence Schwenksville, PA
7/20/2022 5:10:25 AM

Dearest Debbie John and Jarrod even though we are far away our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. We will always remember all the good times we all had together. He will never be forgotten ! Love Kevin and Deanna Strange ??

~ Kevin & Deanna Strange Hudson, FL
7/19/2022 9:42:36 AM

Debbie, John, & Jarod- Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time in the loss of your husband and father. Sending our deepest sympathy and hopes for comfort and peace. From the Cook family-Kathy, Katie, & Melissa

~ Kathy Cook
7/19/2022 8:15:48 AM

May you Rest in Peace John. E-A-G-L-ES. Fly Eagles Fly !!!

~ Rook Trout Pottstown, Pa
7/18/2022 12:18:26 PM

So very sorry to hear Debbie, our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time. With our deepest sympathy, Kay & Todd Hetrick

~ Kay & Todd Hetrick
7/18/2022 12:13:58 PM

Debbie I’m so sorry for your loss. I hold you and your family in my prayers.

~ Cindy Jones Boyertown, PA
7/18/2022 2:22:51 AM

So sorry for your loss Debbie. Please accept our condolences. God Bless

~ Greg Spontak
7/17/2022 11:38:10 PM

Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about John. I do not think anyone could say a bad word about him. I think of him and smile!

~ Renee Spaide
7/17/2022 8:43:56 PM

Debbie, I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. My thoughts and condolences are with you and your family.

~ Amanda Holland
7/17/2022 8:34:42 PM

Ohhh Debbie, I am so very sorry you lost John. I only ran into him a few times over all these years, but he was a genuinely good human being. Please know you are in my thoughts as you learn to travel this new road ahead without him. Keep every good memory tucked deeply and safely in your heart because remembering the good times and the laughter is what gives you the strength to face each new day. Hugs, ol friend.

~ Barbara Bicksler Harvey
7/17/2022 7:52:46 PM

Debbie, Sorry for your loss, our prayers are will you and your family, Keith & Jen Sanford

~ Keith Sanford Ambler, PA
7/17/2022 5:52:00 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss .John will be missed.He was a great help at our Elks charity breakfasts

~ Keith Boyertown, PA
7/17/2022 4:49:05 PM

Debbie so sorry to hear of John's passing. My condolences to you and the family. May God's Comfort and Healing be with you All.

~ Keith Rhoads
7/17/2022 3:54:18 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.John will truly be missed.

~ Linda Baylor
7/17/2022 3:16:42 PM

Dear Deb and family I’m so very sad to hear of your loss My heart breaks for you all Sending love and prayers that god gives you the strength to get through this difficult time ????

~ Rob n Renee Brile
7/17/2022 2:56:29 PM

Overwhelmed with sadness for the loss of your beloved John. My deepest condolences to all of you.

~ Kathy Edmonds
7/17/2022 2:14:34 PM

I'm so sorry Debbie. Praying for peace and healing. love, Shawn

~ Shawn Sekela
7/17/2022 2:03:33 PM

So sorry to see this! Praying for strength and courage for you and your family as you face the difficult days ahead. May God bless and keep you and watch over you.

~ Tricia and David Hurter
7/17/2022 1:27:33 PM

Sending love and prayers to you and your family.

~ Terry Kienle Cary, NC
7/17/2022 12:56:40 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

~ Diane Fox
7/17/2022 12:43:04 PM

Deb & family, so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

~ Bill Podbutzky
7/17/2022 12:35:38 PM

Debbie, I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family at this hard time. ??????

~ LeRoy Steidinger Bethlehem, PA
7/17/2022 12:10:58 PM

To the Katch Family, I always looked up to John in school, even though I never got to know him. I am So Very Sorry for your loss! Sending prayers for Comfort during this Very Sad time!

~ Michelle Glanski Romig Pottstown, PA
7/17/2022 12:06:27 PM

Im so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to the family

~ Dugger Pat Lexington, KY
7/17/2022 12:06:26 PM

So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family ????

~ Sharon Platchek Pottstown, PA
7/17/2022 12:00:04 PM

Debbie, Johnny,Jarod,so sorry, I will only remember the good times, we had going to various sporting events, especially, when we had season tix,Villanova, phillies, and how much fun we had when going To Hershey,Take care I love you all!

~ Robert Brunish
7/17/2022 11:44:34 AM

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family, Debbie. You will all be in our prayers. JC and Sandy

~ Sandy Stiles Lincoln, NE
7/17/2022 11:18:54 AM

Debbie I was so sorry to hear this, I can only imagine how difficult it is for all of you. My condolences

~ Judi(Scarlotta) Murphy
7/17/2022 11:17:26 AM

Debbie and Family, I am so sorry to hear that John passed away. He was one of a kind. Such a dear, sweet man who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. I will keep you all in my prayers! Sincerely, Deb Comarnitsky

~ Deb Comarnitsky
7/17/2022 11:13:05 AM

So sorry for the enormous loss for your family. You and your families are in our prayers.

~ Sean Feather
7/17/2022 10:55:54 AM

Deb, Johnny and Jarrod, I am so sorry for your loss. We had a lot of good times over the years on Logan Street. Carpooling to Franklin Elementary, block parties, NYE parties, so many laughs. Hold on to your happy memories and keep John with you always.

~ Lisa Pavlik
7/17/2022 10:47:32 AM

Dear Debi and families, You are all in my hearts and prayers along with John in heaven. Blessings and hugs Theresa & Steve Hinaman

~ Theresa Hinaman
7/17/2022 10:16:47 AM