Sgt. John “J.T.” Drumm, Jr. Ret. passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on June 23, 2020. John was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late John Sr. and Stephanie Drumm on April 5, 1937.
John was energetic, adventurous & had a sense of humor that would leave you on the floor. He could light up a room with his ‘baby blue eyes’, perfect smile & his presence was always the life of the party. As a child he traveled the country as his Father was in the UDT & LCDR in the US Navy. JT Drumm, Jr. was an original “Navy Brat’. His cultural experiences made him more resilient than most civilians, which suited him well for public service with the Norfolk Police Department as a 34-year veteran. He retired as a Sergeant earning the respect and admiration from the community he served. He was the strongest & bravest man that you could ever meet, but sweet on the inside once you got to know him, anyone that shook his hand knows what I am talking about.. He was one of the toughest SOB’s you could ever meet but was kind & gentle when he needed to be.
John appreciated the outdoors & spent much of his retirement going to his beach house in Corolla where he enjoyed fishing & riding his ATV. There were moments to relax as well with friends in the NC sunshine with his beloved wife Nicky. He spent many days & weekends fishing on The Chesapeake Bay & scuba diving with buddies on ship wrecks in the Atlantic Ocean with many adventures as well as shark encounter stories. He definitely could tell a story or a great joke and you would feel like you were right by his side during his adventures. John spent summers in Texas with his Grandparents, where the love of the outdoors took root with many adventures, hunting, fishing & farming with his Uncle and family.
Other than his parents, John is preceded in death by his loving wife & Western Kentucky University college sweetheart, Mary “Nicky” Grace Drumm.
Left to cherish his loving memory are his sons, John Drumm III & wife Julia, Steve Drumm and James Michael Drumm; grandchildren, Nicholas Drumm, Matthew Drumm, Ryann Drumm and Daniela Edick & husband Colin; brother, Wayne Drumm & wife Barbara; sister, Roxanne McCarthy & husband Thomas; former wife and best friend, Ellie Emerle; many more extended family members and friends.
J.T.’s memorial service (or celebration of life) will be held on Wednesday, July 1 @ 11:00am at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel (5033 Rouse Drive, VA Beach)
As a Father he was strong & kind and we know he did his best. It was not easy for him but he did all he could, more sacrifice than he should & never asked for anything in return for his generosity & kindness. He was different from the rest, when his boys became men they took their Father by the hand and soon the world would know the influence of his guidance & love.
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