John Edward Tweedy III ( - 2012)

    - Martha Richardson
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    - VAC
  • "Regan.........our hearts go out to you....Dick and Candy"
  • "What a wonderful few last words in Johns honor. To be loved..."
    - Jody Green

John Edward Tweedy III passed from the bonds of this Earth on January 29, 2012 in Ocala, Florida surrounded by his Florida family. He is finally relieved of the burdens of the cancer he fought courageously for over a year.

He served on the USS Forestall while in the US Navy after the Korean War, as a boiler mechanic. He was a long-haul truck driver, mechanic and all around handyman. There wasn't an engine in existence that he couldn't take apart and repair. He was self employed as the co-owner of a Sunoco Fuel Station/mechanic shop in the 1970's. He was a sought after local mechanic in Connecticut. He also worked as a plow truck driver for the city of New Milford, CT. John raced and built short track stock cars. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, participating in every Woodsman Competition he could attend across the country. He was a sucker for a good Turkey Shoot !! He won several national competitions in Axe Throwing and Cross Cut Sawing. John was a life-long member of the Moose Lodge and Teamster's Union. He was a proud US Navy Veteran as well.

Most recently on his final visit to Juneau, after stopping his chemotherapy, John won the Men's and All-around Axe Throwing Competition at the 2011 Gold Rush Games while his family watched in awe. Still strong and competitive, he handily bested healthy men and women more than half of his age in this final competition of his career. While visiting Juneau this summer, he left to tour many Northern Alaskan cities and locales that he had not seen previously, taking in all that Alaska had for him on his last visit, enjoying his family and making new friends.

John has a large family in Juneau, Alaska; a place he loved to visit. Locally, he leaves his daughters Suzanne Dutson, Regan Tweedy, Erin Heywood (Kit Sundsten), and Jan Bearfield (Bryant Bearfield). He was grandfather to Elizabeth De Munck (Linda Copenhaver) and Kristen Dutson, James, Michael, and Daniel Tweedy, Zachary and Adrian Heywood, and was Great Grandfather to Jordan De Munck of all of Juneau, and former husband to Louise M. Laurence Potter Tweedy, also of Juneau. He leaves four adult children in Florida, his current wife, and many Florida grandchildren, son and daughters- in-law as well.

John was a vital and strong man who was loved by a very large family who will greatly miss him. He had a transient heart and feet in his younger years, often preferring the solitude of the road and the company of others rather than family life. However, he was "cured" of those itchy feet in his mid-life and learned to love living in one place, close to family and friends, building a life surrounded by his adult children and grandchildren who cherished him till his final day.

A celebration of his life will be held on February 11, 2012 at 1 p.m., at the Juneau Yacht Club. John's Juneau family invite all of their friends to come help say our final farewell messages, share anecdotes of this very colorful character we called Daddy, and to build more memories of this final time with our father. Please attend to support the family, even if you didn't know John. If you know and love his Juneau family members, you really have known him. In lieu of flowers, please make generous donations to Juneau Special Olympics or Hospice and Home Care in John's name.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Feb. 7 to Feb. 16, 2012
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