John Lippincott, second from the left, with golf buddies

John Lippincott, Chair of our Golf Committee died recently after a battle with cancer.  John began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland in 2009 as a member of the golf committee.  I think it is fair to say that John always had a servant’s heart, volunteering at his church over the years and helping the community by leveraging his relationships at Giant Foods, where he worked as an executive for 18 years.  He left Giant to join Mill Creek Residential where he met Chip Bay, founder of our annual golf tournament.  True to form, John offered to help Chip and the Habitat team because he felt that he could grow the event by bringing in additional sponsors and golfers, and he certainly did do that.

John knew that airline tickets would be difficult to obtain as a donation, however, he began calling airline headquarters until he reached the right person and persuaded them to care about Habitat as much as he did and for several years Southwest Airlines made significant donations to the silent auction.  John also attended a celebrity event, and because of his sincerity, persuaded Payton Manning to sign a jersey to be auctioned at our golf event.

When Mill Creek Residential was working on a large project in Virginia a few years ago, he made a point of thinking about our golf tournament and secured donations from Harris Teeter that continue to today.  John and his wife, Kathy, made a yearly practice of donating concert tickets for the auction.  John believed that if donations were worthy enough, golfers would return and they did, year after year.  Thanks to John’s commitment, the golf tournament raised over $1.5 million dollars since its inception fourteen years ago.

John’s support of Habitat wasn’t limited to the golf tournament, he also worked to introduce people to our staff that can help with ReStore donations or who have connections to potential land opportunities that can convert to affordable housing.  John was awarded the Glynn Mayes Award for outstanding volunteer service to Habitat for Humanity over the years.  

My memory of John will always be his generous heart and warm personality.  John was always eager to give and never expected anything in return for his service. 

To read more about the life and legacy of John, please click here: Provided by Roy W. Barber Funeral Home, Laytonsville Maryland.