PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania State Police announced that John Burley, a 59-year-old man from Windber, Somerset County, was tragically killed in a plane crash on Dec. 29, 2023. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. near Buzzard Swamp Road in Jenks Township, Forest County. His death has been ruled as accidental by the authorities.
Burley was the owner of Everything Ice, a business rooted in Johnstown. In a heartfelt Facebook post on Jan. 1, 2024, the company paid tribute to Burley, referring to him as “our leader, our friend, our owner.” The post also requested privacy for his family during this difficult time. Everything Ice assured its customers that it will continue to operate in honor of Burley’s legacy.
Following the tragic event, Everything Ice expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support and generosity shown by the public. The company acknowledged the kindness, prayers, and condolences that have helped Burley’s family cope with the devastating loss.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently leading the investigation into the plane crash that claimed Burley’s life.
In honor of John Burley, a beloved figure within the ice rink industry, his impact and legacy will endure for years to come. The community mourns the loss of a cherished leader and friend.