John L. Cimino
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Age 66, died Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, surrounded by his loving family and close friends after tragically losing a thirteen year battle with his disease and having received recent transplant list approval.
Born the first son of second generation Italian immigrants, John was the first of his extended family to complete college. He attended Widener University graduating with a degree in English literature. He always wanted to be a writer and found his career in the advertising business where he rose to the top of his profession but his real passion in life was his wife and children. Like most children of "The Greatest Generation", John was driven to make sure his children had a better life than he did… He gave his children confidence so they could succeed in whatever they put their mind to and he did what most parents could not do… he wasn't only their father… but he was their best friend as well.
He was proud of the fact their house was where all the friends and classmates of his kids would congregate. He was both father figure… and friend.
John grew up in the Overbrook Park section of Philadelphia attending St. Callistus and then Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic grade schools (where he was an altar boy), then graduated from St. Thomas Moore HS before attending Widener.
After traveling the country and the world, from LA and San Francisco to Paris and London, John and his wife, Sharon settled in Hockessin DE and founded "Cimino Direct" an award winning and nationally known top creator of direct mail campaigns for the insurance and financial services industries.
But it was "Family" that was really the center of John's universe. His lovely and devoted wife Sharon, his sons, John, Ian and Evan and his princess, Chelsea were his reason to live... his joy each and every day of his life... and his reason for fighting so hard for the last 13 years to beat the illness that plagued him. They were both his joy and strength.
Aside from his devotion to family, John had many passions in life. He treasured taking vacations to the beach, the smell of the ocean, and the hot sun shining down on him. He was a die-hard Philly sports fan, loved music and he passed that passion on to his children, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and children, John is survived by his loving sister, Bernadette ("Bunny") and his brother, Michael, grandchildren, brothers & sisters-in-law, many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may arrive for the Reception Line at 3:00 pm November 12 in Clayton Hall at the University of Delaware. The Celebration of Life will be held 4:00 pm. Flowers can be accepted at Clayton Hall between 9:00 am and noon.
CREMATION SERVICE OF DELAWARE
Published in The News Journal on Nov. 11, 2012