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Whether it was a foreign country or in his native Palmetto State, John Platt was active in spreading love through the work of God.
Platt, who served 15 years in Lancaster at the Moriah Baptist Association, gave 52 years of his 78 years to serving God and spreading his word, no matter where he was.
A cancer victim, Platt died earlier this month.
The personable Platt had a knack for achieving mission work through his strong leadership and passion for his ministry.
“He was a very compassionate person,” the Rev. Cecil Johnson said of Platt. “He had a real love for people, as well as churches, serving God and accomplishing the great commission.”
Platt loved people and people loved him back because he was genuine in his work. They knew he cared deeply and he was motivated to do the right thing.
Platt made a lasting impact in Lancaster, serving at the Moriah Baptist Association, where he was missions director.
Platt was able to accomplish plenty with the Moriah Association, but was active in many areas in touching the Lancaster community.
He worked with the American Red Cross, United Way of Lancaster County, Project Hope Food Ministry and the Literacy Council of Lancaster.
His work with the Lions Club of Lancaster numbered more than 23 years and he was dedicated to the civic club’s wonderful work of sight and sight preservation.
“He just reached out to people,” said Earl Connor, a fellow Lions Club member. “He cared about people and the welfare of people. It came from John’s heart and everything he took on, he took it on wholeheartedly.”
Platt did plenty of good work in Lancaster, but a fitting tribute to him and his ministry was the home of the Moriah Association on Meeting Street.
“It was his greatest achievement in this area,” Connor said. “He built it; he was the instigator. He got volunteers to help build that building. He pulled it together.”
Platt just had a way of bringing out the good in people, no matter the cause.
Dale Roach, director of missions with the Moriah Association, said Platt was dedicated and worked for the common good in whatever he pursued.
“He was just a people-oriented guy, a very capable person,” Roach said. “He had a lot of influence in missions, but when it came down to it, he just loved people.”
That was John Platt – Christ-like in so many ways and one who touched many lives in his own special way.
Lancaster was truly blessed to have him pass our way.