John F. Haladyna, 73, of Leroy Township, passed away peacefully in the arms of the Lord on Saturday, May 19, 2012, surrounded by his loving, devoted wife, Phyllis, and family.
Born June 5, 1938, in Clarksville, Pa., he was the son of John and Mollie Haladyna (deceased).
John served in the United States Air Force, and was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Thompson, American Legion 112, Eagles in Geneva, Fireman's Club in Jamestown, Pa., life member of the V.F.W
. in Sheffield, Pa., and was an officer at the Amvets in Perry. His loves were his family, friends, animals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, his truck, riding his tractor and putting money into the jukebox - he loved 1950s music.
John retired from Lincoln Electric and Rockwell Automation. He was a volunteer fireman
for Painesville Township, had his own Deck World business and worked at IWI.
John was a hard worker all of his life. He had a strong spirit and touched the lives of every person he met. He was a humble, genuine, respected, and strong man. He inspired everyone to be a better person. He was the most caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He leaves behind his high school sweetheart of 54 years, Phyllis (Holmes) Haladyna. They shared a once-in-a-lifetime true love and truly were soulmates. They created an amazing life and home together, much like ""The Waltons,"" and had seven children, Cynthia (Joseph) Pruzinsky, Cheryl Haladyna (deceased), John Haladyna, Charlene (Peter) Cole, Cathleen Haladyna, Joseph (Christine) Haladyna and Rebecca (William) Campbell; 23 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He loved his family so much, and his family will miss him always and forever, but John's legacy and memories will continue to live on.
Calling hours for family and friends will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2012, with a service at 6 p.m. officiated by Father Tom Johns (of Saint John Vianney Catholic Church) at Spear-Mulqueeny Funeral Home, 667 Mentor Ave., Painesville.