Jonathan Henry Trader of Laurel passed away on May 4, peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born April 9, 1942 in Gowanda, N.Y., a son of the late Reverend Charles Littleton Trader and Evelyn Dickerhoff Trader.

Jonathan was known as a hard-working family man who could fix anything. His career as a millwright took him to canneries all over Delmarva. After 20 years at Crown Cork & Seal, and many years in the business, he retired from Friel’s Cannery and Lumber in Queenstown, Md. Spending time with his family was where Jonathan was happiest. He enjoyed riding in his boat, fishing, crabbing, going to the gun range, taking cross country road trips with his wife Joyce, and relaxing with a cold beer while with family and friends. Anyone who knew him would only have to make a phone call and he would show up no matter how far he had to travel. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Joyce Reynolds Trader; children, Joe George and wife, Wendy; Brooke McCauley; John George and wife, Gloria; and Karen Trader Matthews and husband, Tony; grandchildren, Bobby McCauley, Noah George, Hannah George, Cole George, Conor Matthews; and due to arrive in August, Caleb George.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, David Trader; a son-in-law, Bob McCauley; and a grandson, Brian McCauley.

No services will be planned at this time, however, the family does plan to privately celebrate his life.

Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lewy Body Disease/Alzheimer’s Association: