John  Fenton

Obituary of John J Fenton

John Joseph Fenton, 81, of Fenwick Island, died on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at his home.  Born on November 16, 1938 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Patrick and Margaret Fenton.


He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Fenton; two sons, Michael Fenton (Katherine Donahue) and Timothy Fenton (Tia Fenton); six grandchildren, Matthew, Sean, Michael, Laila, Benjamin and Vivian and a brother, Joseph Fenton.


In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, William, Marcella and Robert.


Mr. Fenton earned his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Catholic University and later his PhD in chemistry from the University of Minnesota, going on to do two Post-Doctoral Fellowship’s at Sloan Kettering and Loyola University Chicago. He worked as the Hospital Laboratory Director for Crozer Chester Medical Center and also was a Professor at West Chester University.  He authored the textbook “Toxicology: A Case Oriented Approach”. He was a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicology and the American Association of Clinical Chemistry.


John was a natural born educator with a growth mindset, an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and never-ending curiosity.  Often described as the consummate conversationalist, he possessed a natural ability to endear himself through conversation to anyone he spent time with.  His kind, thoughtful, giving nature was felt by all he came in contact with.  He will be remembered as a tour guide, National Park enthusiast, history buff, avid cyclist and for his love of Astronomy.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Epilepsy Foundation by mail to Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place W #230, Landover, MD 20785 or online at or to Saint Mary’s School and Child Rescue Mission (Kenya, Africa) by mail to Christian Brother’s Conference, 415 Michigan Ave NE, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20017-4501 or online at


Arrangements are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation and Funeral Service, 504 Franklin Avenue, Berlin, Maryland 21811.  To send condolences to the family, please visit

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