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September 8, 2008
( September 16, 1929 - August 22, 2008 )
Born: September 16, 1929 - Died: August 22, 2008
Master John Waples - Sensei of
USA Goju Karate
Urban Goju webmaster:
is to advise you that Sensei John Waples died on August 22, 2008. He
was my Sensei for 22 + years and I will miss him.
Though he’d had some medical issues his death came as a total surprise
to us all. We had class the evening before and he was feeling very
So we all take comfort in knowing his last day on this earth was a good
one for him.
Sensei had made it clear that he wanted me to continue the class after
his death. I will honor his wish by resuming class this Thursday.
Sensei Alan J. Lenza
John Kyler "Jack" Waples, of Codwise
Street, Town of Ulster died Friday, August 22, 2008 at Benedictine
Hospital. He was 78.
He was born in Kingston on September 16, 1929, a son of the late Maxwell
Lester and Kathryn Rebecca Piper Waples.
A Kingston High School graduate, Mr. Waples received an Associates
degree from Ulster Community College and a degree in Industrial
Management from LaSalle Ext. University.
A Corporal in the US Army, ee served from 1951 - 1957 in Korea. While in
the service John was an active welter-weight boxer. He belonged to the
American Legion Post 150, Kingston and Life Member of the V.F.W. Joyce-Schirick
On September 8, 1951 he married Doris E. "Betty" Cole Waples.
For 35 years Mr. Waples worked at I.B.M., Kingston. He retired as a
manager in 1988.
Sensei Waples is a 10th Dan in USA GoJu Karate directly under the late
great Peter Urban founder of USA Goju,
he also holds a 5th Dan in Kobu-Jitsu,
5th Dan Hakkoryu-Ju Jutsu,
and 2nd Dan US Judo Association. In
2001 he received the "Distinguished SVC Award" from Grand Master Peter
Urban. In 2005 Grandmaster Waples
was inducted into the United States
Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Grandmaster of the year. In 2006 he was
honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jack operated the Ulster County Martial Arts Academy in Kingston.
He was a Training Sergeant with the Rosendale Police Department and a
part time Deputy Sheriff with the Ulster County Sheriff's Department. He
was a member of the United Federation of Police Officers, and a
certified law enforcement instructor, specializing in Nunchaka and
One sister Beverly Stockton, and one brother in law, Joe Benicase, both
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Doris E. "Betty" Waples; his twin
sister Jacqueline Benicase of Kingston, two nephews Noel Bonacci and his
wife Alice, Joseph Bonacci and his wife Ann, dear friends Beverly and Al
Goodwin and Frank Bonacci; many other nieces and nephews.
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