A Plea to Save Grandpa's Home!
91-year-old WWII Vet told to "Hit the Road, Jack!"
John "Jack" Potter, age 91, is being evicted from the Zaleski, Ohio home he built and lived in for 56 years. John is WWII vet having served in active combat in The Aleutian Islands campaign. In addition to his service to his country, he is also a former Sheriff of Vinton County, Mayor of Zaleski, Ohio, a retired chief train dispatcher from the B&O railroad, and a 65 year Master Freemason.
On Sunday, February 3, after a visit with his 64-year-old son, who has been severely disabled since birth with Austism, John was served eviction papers by the home's owner, Janice Cottrill. Janice is the only daughter of John Potter.
In 2004 John's daughter Janice used her power of attorney to transfer his house into her name, as a gift to herself. The rest of the family discovered the transfer in 2010, after Janice tried to wrongfully have John declared legally incompetent and force him into a nursing home against his will. After his family had the wrongful guardianship removed, John, being legally competent, filed a motion to reverse the transfer, since legally a power of attorney is not allowed to "self-deal" or give gifts to themselves from the person or estate in which they have power of attorney. While the Vinton County Common Pleas Court ruled in John's favor, a subsequent ruling from the Fourth Appellate District Court, reversed the ruling in John's favor stating, the statue of limitations for reversing the transfer was 4-years and had expired. The decision was awarded in the Cottrill's favor only by benefit of time, not because it was right.
Janice and Dean Cottrill have voiced their intentions to sell the house that John Potter built and in which he currently resides. January 29, 2013 the Cottrill's filed with the Vinton County Courts to have John evicted and forcibly removed from his home. On April 22, 2013 John will have to appear in Vinton County Court and will be ordered by the court to vacate his home of over half a century. No matter how wrong any judge may feel the eviction to be, the courts are powerless to stop this eviction. It is a sad day in our society, when there are no laws that can protect the rights and home of a 91 year man. John Potter just wants to live what remaining life he has left in the home he built with his wife, in which he raised his family, and has lived for the last 56 years.
The efforts of the family to convince Janice to allow John to live out his life in his home have failed. Janice states she needs the money, so the old man must go.
I am John's granddaughter Jaclyn. I am asking for your help to raise enough money to buy back his home. While the last thing I want to do is pay my mother any money for the pain and anguish she has caused my grandfather, if it will save his home, I will do anything. If 125,000 people read this and 125,000 people donate simply $1, or just 6,250 people donate $20, I will be able to buy him back his home. Anything raised above the cost of the house will go to paying for in home care and anything else he might need. Any donation you can give helps, please help my grandfather enjoy what time he has left in the home he built, which holds his memories of a full and wonderful life.
Please Help Grandpa!
Posted by Jaclyn Fraley
I am forever thankful to everyone here who donated and allowed Grandpa to spend the last months of his life in peace and secure in his home. It meant the world to us.
Grandpa and I are so thankful for each and everyone of you every day. You gave Grandpa the most amazing gift this year and we are forever greatful.
Please keep checking in on Grandpas Facebook page for updates, pictures and videos. You don't have to have a Facebook page to see his page and updates. https://www.facebook.com/GrandpaJohnJPotter
Merry Christmas to all and to all a wonderful night!
You are all so wonderful. I can never say Thank-You enough!
Janice and Dean agreed to sell back Grandpa's house! This has been the longest and hardest fight of our lives and it is finally over! Grandpa can spend the rest of his life in the home he built to spend it in!!!!!!
I cannot thank all of you enough. It was your donations that made buying back his home possible!! It was also your love and support that helped us make it though these last few months. Grandpa and I are forever in your debt and all of you will be forever in our hearts.
I want to take this time to once again thank Tim Gleeson, our attorney. Tim has been with us since the first week this started back in December 2010. Tim never stopped fighting for us. He started as our attorney, but has long since been the calming force in this crazy storm, the person who kept our hopes alive, Jaclyn sane and most of all became a treasured friend. I truly don't think Grandpa and I would have made it though all this without Tim and his wife Nancy. We are so thankful everyday to have them both on our team!
We finally have back The House That Jack Built!!!!!!
Hi, my mother is in a very similar situation and I want to start one of these for her. Could I contact you to learn more of how you accomplished your goal?
I'm so sorry about your granddad, your mother! My god I hope you never speak to her ever again. I bet your granddad was so proud of you!
I just came across this, and I am so sad that he has passed away, watching the youtube video I feel like I know him, and he is such a wonderful, sweet man. It is very sad what his own daughter did to him, but I am glad that he lived out a long wonderful life in his home :)
Speaking for all of us who donated, we were proud to donate and very grateful you were there to help your Grandpa and make him feel as loved as he was....by everyone who followed your beautiful story of love and devotion.
I'm glad this story turned out to have a happy ending in that your grandpa got to live out his days in his home. Hopefully you pay this forward perhaps by donating his home to a needy family or if it sells.. donating the money to a worthy charity. Keeping the donations helping others would be nice to see.
Please know that your story and your love for your Grandpa truly touched me. I had a very similar relationship with my own Grandpa who I lost 17 years ago. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that you have the same opportunity to remember him, the way you helped me remember mine. Love and prayers to you. You are a beautiful soul.
Awww so sorry about your grandpa.
I am so sorry to hear about your Grandpa, the best part of him lives in you. Thank you for inviting us into your lives. I hope you stay in touch with your internet family.
I am sorry to hear of Grandpa's passing, but so happy that he was able to live the last months of his life in his own home, thanks to you, Jaclyn, and all those who donated to his cause. He is truly At Home now. God bless you, Jaclyn for your love and faithfulness.
My condolences to you and your family. I
All you did for him to stay in his home till he took his last breath will help with the pain and sadness Jaclyn. I'm sad and offer you my condolences and prayers. My dad passed a year and a half ago and this is the only cause that I've ever contributed to. God Bless You,
What a gift it is to know you both. The world is beautiful because you reminded me what humanity really means. I am in tear, and joy that Grandpa Potter had you to stand for him. Good luck. Take good care of yourself. May God bless you too, Jaclyn.
You are an angel...I too am in tears. My condolences to you and God Bless you. Your grandpa got to spend his final days in his home.
I am almost in tears; like I know Grandpa Potter personally. You haven't mentioned what you are going to do with his house now that he's found eternal peace. I'm sure we'd all love to know that you're going to do something inspirational with it. God bless you, again, for all you did to make your grandfather's final months happy and peaceful.
In tears. I'm speechless over how amazed I am with how much you've accomplished to retain your beloved grandfather's dignity. I'm sure he is so proud of you, still. I want to say so much, but I'll leave you with this: I'm glad he found peace, both with your help, in life, and in crossing over. May you be blessed with peace, health, and long life
I am crying! I am happy he got to pass with his home but sad he didn't get to live in it for very long. And sad because he was such a good sweet man. So sorry for your loss. I'm sure your going to miss him.
Jaclyn, I am so very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful granddaughter you are. You are truly blessed and I know your grandfather is looking over you. God Bless you!
Jaclyn, I am really sorry. I'm so glad you and your grandfather were able to spend these last days together at home. You are the best granddaughter a grandfather could ever have. God Bless you both.
I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy that he had you by his side and standing up for him in the face of injustice. What a blessing you have been to him! What a blessing to have had such a grandfather! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
You were such a blessing to your grandfather. I am truly sorry for your loss. May God continue to bless you.