John Sadler Death, Obituary – After a long and arduous battle with cancer, John Sadler, a cherished former principal of Delmarva Christian Schools, departed this world on December 8 to be with the Lord. The school district is heartbroken to share this news with the community. According to Matt Kwiatkowski, who serves as the Head of Schools for the DCS, “John Sadler was one of the most enthusiastic educators and charismatic individuals with whom I have had the privilege to work.” “Having served in a number of capacities, the most recent of which being that of Principal of our Prek-8 program from 2015-2018, John had a good influence on the lives of a large number of pupils, parents, and coworkers.
Within our community, he has bequeathed an atmosphere of true love for Jesus and for one another. Before starting DCS, Sadler was a co-founder of Abizak’s, a contemporary home furnishings company that served the Delaware Beaches, and he also ran the business as an owner and operator. Mr. Sadler has served as a teacher, administrator, and coach at Delmarva Christian High School. In 2015, he was appointed principal at Delmarva Christian’s Milton Campus, where he remained in that role for the next three years. Following his time at DCS, Sadler accepted a position as Senior School Advisor with World Vision USA, a Christian organization that focuses on humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy.
Mr. Sadler was an avid participant in physical activity and developed meaningful relationships with kids at DCHS through his role as coach for multiple sporting teams. At Delmarva Christian, Mr. Sadler was well-known and highly regarded for his friendliness, sense of humor, undying devotion to the Lord, and real concern for and guidance of a large number of young people. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to know John and to see him about the DCS campus. We ask that you join us in praying for John’s wife, Pam, as well as for John’s children and grandchildren.
We asked our staff to share some of their most cherished memories of Mr. Sadler, and one of the responses that we received was the following note from Mrs. Pip Craig:
John Sadler embodied the classic definition of an optimist. He maintained a perpetually happy and optimistic attitude. Everyone loved him, including students, staff, and the leadership of the organization because of his infectious attitude and energy. When he offered my daughter further assistance and understanding with her senior thesis project, he made a significant contribution to the quality of her life. John had a manner of interacting with pupils that captivated their attention, inspired them to learn, and motivated them to develop into the people God had destined them to be. Working with John was a joy, filled with laughter and a delight since he was always a good sport and contributed to the success of the team. The zeal for life that John possessed will be dearly missed.