John Bernard Ennis

December 28, 1945 - July 3, 2020
John Bernard Ennis


John Bernard Ennis of Wilmington, NC, age 74 passed from this earth on Friday July 3, 2020.

John was born to Emory Turner Ennis and Elmore Bernard Ennis of Morehead City, North Carolina on December 28, 1945. John made his home in many North Carolina locations including Morehead City, Raleigh and Wilmington. He also lived in Denver, Colorado, Clovis, New Mexico, Miami and Gainesville, Florida.

John attended North Carolina State University and graduated form Eastern New Mexico University. He obtained an MBA from the University of Florida.

John had an extensive thirty-three-year healthcare career in areas of information technology, clinic operations, and finance. He was employed as a manager, executive, and healthcare consultant. Employers included: The University of Florida College of Medicine, Ernst & Young LLC, Beacon Partners, Pitt Memorial Hospital, Wayne Memorial Hospital, Shared Medical Systems, and Rex Hospital. Consulting clients included large medical centers and physician practices nationwide. John also proudly served as a Staff Sergeant, US Air Force, 1968–1972, Avionics Technician.

Additional accomplishments included a Fellow appointment with Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Advanced Member, Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Junior Navigator, US Power Squadrons and a longtime dedicated member of the N.C. State Wolfpack Club and University of Florida Gator Boosters.

John had an infinite passion for nature and all the wonders in it. He was a life-long naturalist, a longtime member of the Carolina Bird Club, several Audubon organizations, wildlife photographer and amateur naturalist. He had over thirty years’ experience in birding and nature photography. His nature trips took him to forty-nine states in North America plus a sliver of Canada and Mexico. When John was not in God’s good wilderness, you could almost certainly find him attending college football and basketball games. John was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, NC.

John Ennis is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Christopher and Katherine Spivey of Wilmington, NC, his sister Joanna Wright of Huntersville, NC and Ralph Ennis and wife, Jennifer of Raleigh, NC. Uncle John loved his many nieces and nephews which he spoke of often. A private celebration of his life for family and friends will be held at a later date.

A quote from John’s favorite poem – “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring, will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding.

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  • July 13, 2020
    Lou Schiavo says:
    John Ennis

  • July 12, 2020
    Linda Watson says:
    John was a wonderful person - may he rest in peace. Prayers to his family.

  • July 11, 2020
    Bob McGinness says:
    I worked with John at SMS in 1975. Stayed overnight in Leland a couple of times. Great sense of humor. I was always impressed with his photography, his equipment, his writing, and his library! Last saw him on a trip to Dry Tortugas in April 2011 with Lou Schiavo. Years of adventures and fun.

  • July 08, 2020
    BG Adams says:
    One of my all time favorite birding trips was a CBC trip with John in the Rockies. He was an excellent guide and I can't remember ever laughing so much. It was a wonderful week at the end of May. I can't remember how many miles we traveled, but it was a lot. The group was compatible and though we were weary at the end of each day, it was well worth it for the birds we saw and the companionship we shared. It was the only trip I have ever been on where EVERYONE rolled out of the vans for a snake, but couldn't get them out for a group photo. That trip will always be one of my favorite birding memories. John, you will live in my heart forever.

  • July 08, 2020
    Thomas Koonce says:
    Miss you Kat..sorry for the loss of your dad. I remember you talked so proudly of him. He sounded like an intrestIng and kind person. Hope you and Chris are doing well. Would love to get together soon and catch up.