- Jon Christopher Metcalf, 40, of Castine, died on November 1, 2016, after suffering a stroke. He was a beloved father, son, brother, partner, and friend.
Jon was born on September 29, 1976, in Augusta, Maine, the son of Jonathan Metcalf and Ellen Metcalf (now Beerits). He grew up in Alna and Farmington, attending Wiscasset schools and graduating from Mt. Blue High School. He studied economics at Syracuse University. After college, he worked at Fidelity Investments in Boston and then earned his MBA from the University of Chicago in 2007.
After business school, Jon became an investment analyst for Green Cay Asset Management, a socially responsible firm, and more recently, Siebels Asset Management Research, both in Nassau, Bahamas. Jon was brilliant, and had a spirited enthusiasm for everything that he did. He was a man with a plan and the courage to pursue it. In one example of Jon's entrepreneurial spirit, he opened Greenspeed Juice Bar in Blue Hill in 2014.
Jon was loud and loving, the biggest and best presence in any room. His mind was in constant motion; he had strong and thoughtful opinions about everything, and wanted to talk about them with you. Jon found connection and friendship wherever he went. His specialized work enabled him to live all over the world, and he took full advantage of this, living in Nassau, Bahamas; Beijing, China; and Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn.
In 2007, Jon and his former wife, Anya, welcomed son Adam. Jon and Adam shared an incredible bond and could find fun in anything. Together, they enjoyed kayaking, hiking, throwing the football, and playing frisbee. Jon was a devoted, affectionate parent, and he sought out every opportunity he could for Adam. He loved coaching Adam and other children in soccer and basketball leagues. "Coach Jon" had a special way of making every young athlete feel a valued member of the team.
In 2013, Jon returned to the coast of Maine. He and Jenn, his partner in love and life, had recently moved to Castine. Together with their children, they formed what Jenn has called "a perfectly imperfect family, with no shortage of fun and unconditional love."
Jon was an avid Syracuse sports fan, and had just celebrated his 40th birthday by attending a Syracuse football game with friends and family. He loved skiing at Sugarloaf and being on the ocean - and especially treasured time in Deer Isle and Nassau. Jon was a voracious reader and dreamed of one day becoming a writer.
Jon is survived by his son, Adam Metcalf; his father, Jonathan Metcalf of Wiscasset; his mother, Ellen Beerits and stepfather, Christopher of Alna; his stepmother, Marjorie Austin of Chesterville; his partner, Jennifer Jackson and her children, Quinn and Amelia of Castine; his brother, Matthew Beerits and partner, Heather Stanley of Jefferson; his sister, Laura Beerits and husband, Sam Scarpino of Burlington, VT; his brother, Andy Metcalf, wife Tara, and their sons, Indy and Mateo of Burlington, VT; his former wife, Anya Antonovych of Blue Hill; and beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins from the Metcalf, Beerits, Welch, and Austin families. Jon also shared special connections with his late grandparents.
A gathering to celebrate Jon's life will be held on Saturday, November 12 at 2:00pm at St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church, 627 North Deer Isle Rd, Deer Isle, Maine. Donations in Jon's memory may be made to an account established for his son, Adam. Checks may be made out to "Ellen Beerits, Custodian for Adam Metcalf" and sent to the care of First National Bank, PO Box 940, Damariscotta, ME 04543.
Arrangements are under the care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine. Condolences, and messages for the family, may be expressed by visiting .