Submitted by his Daughter
Those who knew John would say‚ ‘What a great guy.’ He was well liked and respected in the community. Many lives were affected when John was struck by a vehicle and lost his life while doing fire department business on October 16‚ 2006. Many of his firemen buddies were with him‚ holding his hand while he died.
After high school‚ John joined the United States Air Force and served during WWII from 1941-1945. After being discharged from the Air Force‚ he got a job with Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Co‚ at the Monessen‚ Pennsylvania‚ plant. He was general foreman and retired after 36 years.
In 1952‚ he married Gloria‚ his wife for almost 54 years. He had a daughter‚ Lorene; three grandchildren‚ Lisa‚ Gary‚ and John; four great-grandchildren‚ Kelsey‚ Brendon‚ Brayton‚ and Britton.
John joined the North Belle Vernon Fire Department (Station #80) in 1964 and remained active until his death. John’s wife says he died doing what he enjoyed and loved. During the time he was a member‚ he received the Chief’s Award in 1984‚ Fireman of the Year in 1987‚ and the Presidential Award for his dedication.
John was a member of the American Legion‚ the East Belle Vernon Athletic Association‚ and Naomi Club. He enjoyed bowling‚ playing cards‚ and painting. He was a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a season ticket holder for years.
John was blessed that he was able to see three of his four great-grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. His buddy was Brendon‚ who he enjoyed taking to the fire hall and always buying and giving him anything resembling firemen. The last time he was with Brendon‚ he presented him with a Station 80 fireman’s helmet.
John’s first love was his family‚ and he would do anything he could to help them and anyone else who needed him. He lived a simple life. His second love was being a member of the fire department. He remained active for 42 years‚ even after he could not fight fires because of his age. He was proud to be a fireman and very dedicated. He is truly missed.
John may be gone‚ but he will never be forgotten. His memory lives on in the hearts of family and friends.