John was born on June 2, 1955 and raised in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia, the youngest of three. He graduated from Olney High School in 1973. He always enjoyed sports, especially baseball, growing up and was an avid bowler. He met his wife, Doris (Fidler) at Zion Lutheran Church in Olney where they were married in 1987. They have one son, Steven, born in 1989. John worked for U-Haul as a truck mechanic for many years. He gave up his work to take care of his son with special needs while Doris worked full time. He was devoted to his home and family all of his married life. He was selfless, loving and giving especially where our son Steven was concerned. Some fathers have difficulty accepting their child with special needs. John embraced it fully. He could not possibly have loved our son, Steven, any more than he did during his lifetime. He protected him, guided him, corrected him and helped put his feet on the right path. We enjoyed many family vacations and celebrations together, along with a love of baseball. He was friendly and had a great sense of humor, and was a good neighbor. He seemed to know someone everywhere he went. Before his illness, he was strong in mind, body and spirit. The diseases he suffered took a lot from him, but he never, ever lost the love, support and respect of his family and those who really knew him. I loved my John more than I can say but am grateful now that his suffering is over. He is free.
On Saturday, June 8th there will be a 10 am visitation, 11 am memorial service and at 12 noon a light reception at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, 411 Susquehanna Road (Susquehanna Road and Butler Pike), Ambler, PA 19002.
We're requesting no flowers. If desired, donations can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (lbda.org) or to Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in John's memory.
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