John Albert (“Johnathan”) Pinczewski passed away at home Wednesday
September 1, 2021. Johnathan was born in Erie, Pennsylvania to the late Stephen
Francis Pinczewski, Jr and Theresa (Niedzielski) Pinczewski. He attended St
James School from first through eighth grades, then attended and graduated from
Technical Memorial High School in 1971, with a certificate in Machine Shop. He
earned an Associate in Engineering degree, Mechanical Engineering Technology,
from the Pennsylvania State University, Behrend College, in 1975, the year his
twin sons, Mark Albert Pinczewski and Andrew John Pinczewski, were born.
After Johnathan had left the Catholic church to become a Methodist, he and his
family moved to Nicholasville, Kentucky in 1976 where he enrolled in Asbury
College. He attended class part-time and worked full-time as a draftsman at Adams
Frazier and Anderson in Lexington. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible
Studies in 1980. As part of his Christian ministry he began clowning as “Professor
Bubba”, bringing smiles and laughter to children of all ages.
Johnathan loved clowning and balloons so much he started his balloon business,
“Lighter Than Air”, Inc. in 1980. As part of the business he was a professional
clown, Santa, fire eater and balloon decorator, and became known as Lexington’s
Balloon Man. In 1996 he married Frances (Wright) Pinczewski and added his
stepdaughter, Stafford (Hartman) Merk, to the family. Frances worked with him at
Lighter Than Air, Inc. for 25 years and now runs the business.
Johnathan loved spending time with his grandchildren and telling long stories. He
loved Nature and the outdoors, leading to his large collection of fossils. He also
loved collecting clown figurines and memorabilia, listening to calliope and band
organ music and eating fire.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Stephen Francis Pinczewski, Jr and Theresa
(Niedzielski) Pinczewski; brother Stephen Francis Pinczewski III; brother Timothy
David Pinczewski; and sister Marie Threse “Maria” Pinczewski-Lee. He is
survived by his sister Virginia Marie (“Gina”) Finch (Bill), sons Mark Albert
Pinczewski (Elizabeth) and Andrew John Pinczewski (Kimi), stepdaughter
Stafford (Hartman) Merk (Austin); brother-in-law Joseph Pinczewski-Lee
(Patricia); and grandchildren Trey Andrew Pinczewski, Bridget Sage Pinczewski,
Chloe Elizabeth King, Elliott Spencer Pinczewski, Frances Auden Merk and
Stanton August Merk, plus several nieces and nephews and their children.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bluegrass Care
Navigators / Bluegrass Hospice at https://www.bgcarenav.org/more-about-us/giving/ways-to-give.
Family request masks must be worn for entry to the services