John Fleck Sr.

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died peacefully in his sleep at age 84 in Bradenton Florida. He was a devoted husband of 62 years to his wife, Ruth Ann and a loving father to his three children, John Jr., Mark and Melissa. John was born in West Brownsville, Pennsylvania, the son of Louis and Mary Fleck. He was predeceased by his sister, Margaret Pushkarich and brother, Charles Nigro of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Centerville High School in 1950 he was drafted into the Army and proudly served in the Korean Conflict. Following his service he owned and operated several restaurants in western Pennsylvania, most notably The Golden Eagle Inn in California PA. He was a volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver in Richeyville, PA. He moved to Bradenton in 1977 where he opened and operated Piccolo's Pizza until his retirement in 1998. Though a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan, in his retirement he became a Tampa Bay Ray's fan and never missed a game. He was an avid classic car collector and a senior judge with the Antique Automobile Club of America. He also developed an expertise in antique toys and ran an annual toy show in Bradenton. He was faithful to the Lord he was a Deacon and member of Palma Sola Presbyterian Church until his health prevented his attendance. Family was everything to John and he was beloved by his children and grandchildren. He felt they were his greatest legacy and they all lovingly called him "Pappap". His survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann; son, John Jr. (Beth) and their children, Katie, Lexie, Josh, Christina, and Christopher; son, Mark (Charlotte) and their children, Susan, Emma, and Carrie; daughter, Melissa (David) and their children Zoe, Amanda, and Andy. Services will be held at 2:00PM, Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at the Sarasota National Cemetery. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to Meals on Wheels in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be made to
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Published in The Bradenton Herald from Nov. 13 to Nov. 20, 2016
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