John was born in Avenel, New Jersey and lived in Plainfield, New Jersey. He attended St. Mary grammar school and graduated from Plainfield High School. He worked as a milk man for Seal Test Diary Farms. He was a New York Yankees fan his whole life and in 1950 attended the try out camp in Newark, New Jersey. When the Korean War began he enlisted in the United States Air force and was sent to Lackland Air force Base for training. He was sent to Eglin Air Force Base where he met his wife Diann. He spent two years overseas and on June 26, 1955 he married Diann in St. Mary's Church in Plainfield, New Jersey. After eight years in Plainfield John, Diann and their three boys moved to Miami, Florida. John worked as a letter carrier for thirty eight years in Miami and Ormond Beach. John loved all sports and coached little league for 15 years and the CYO basketball at his church. He was a certified umpire for high school, American legion, and ASA softball. He was one of the founders of Daytona Beach senior softball and played until he was seventy years old. He was a member of Palm Coast Elks 2709 and American legion post 115. He was a devout member of Mother Seaton Parish and could be seen every Saturday at four o'clock mass surrounded by a group of friends. He is survived by his wife Diann, preceded by his brother Joseph (Frida), sisters Nancy (Barney) and Arlene (Charlie,) preceded by his son Stephen (Leigh) Orlando, John (Judy) Palm Coast, Andrew (Cindy) Ormond Beach, daughter in law Mary Anne Ormond Beach, one granddaughter Melissa Ormond Beach, two grandsons Stephen (Helen) Orlando, Robert (Amanda) Orlando, four great-grand-daughters, Sarah, Jessica, Madison, Amy Grace, and two great-grandsons Stephen and John, Orlando. John's service will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church, 4600 Belle Terre Pkwy, Palm Coast, FL 32164. A gathering will be from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.; the mass will commence at 11:00 A.M. A celebration of life will be held after the mass at Jay's house. The family asks in lieu of flowers please make donations to the
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from June 19 to June 20, 2014