John L. Gunshanan passed away peacefully at 10:00 am, October 10 at Bishop's Glen Rehab Center. Born September 18, 1926, John grew up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he developed his signature Brooklyn accent, sense of humor, and work ethic. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he married Rose A. Fallon, became a New York City police officer, and settled in the Bronx, where he raised seven children. He retired to Florida in 1975, worked at several jobs in the Daytona area, and made countless friends along the way. He is predeceased by his wife, Rose, son, James, daughter, Jean, brother James, and sisters Helen and Margaret. Survivors include daughters, Kathryn (Denis) O'Sullivan of Connecticut, Carol (David) Boudreau of Ft. Lauderdale and Mary (Henry) Schaefer of South Daytona, and sons, John, Jr. (Patricia) Gunshanan and Frank Gunshanan, as well an ten grandchildren: James, Jeanmarie, Thomas and Michael Gunshanan; Brendan, Christine and James O'Sullivan; Kevin and Kelly Boudreau; and Phillip Schaefer. His "extended family" includes Big Mike, Young Mike, Olga, and "The Gang." The family wishes to thank these friends, as well as the staff of Port Orange Rehab and Bishop's Glen Assisted Living Facility for their support. A memorial service will be held in John's honor on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 12:00 noon at Dale Woodward Funeral Homes, 167 Ridgewood Ave, Holly Hill with Wiley Lowe officiating. In lieu of other remembrances the family requests donations to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Condolences to the family made be shared at www.dalewoodwardfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Oct. 13, 2013