John Iorio |
John Iorio, age 89, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2013 following a brief illness.
John was born November 18, 1923 to Vincenzo and Josephine (Teodosio) Iorio in Southwest Akron. He was a member of St. Mary's Parish, and a graduate of South High School, Class of January, 1942. Shortly following his graduation, he started his career working for the B.F. Goodrich Company. John proudly served his country in World War II in the 89th Infantry Division, Company G, and eventually retired from B.F. Goodrich in 1985. He later moved to Norton after the death of his wife of 51 years, Jean.
Dad was a professional drummer and loved to talk with his friends about music. He was also an avid golfer, playing in three different leagues. He could fix anything that was broken, and spent many hours tinkering in his barn workshop. And let's not forget how John could tell jokes to his friends at the various clubs he belonged to in the Akron area and always managed to keep a straight face. He also loved to cook spaghetti dinners for his family and friends. But his favorite tradition was our Italian Christmas Eve "Seven Fishes" dinner that always included an eel! What a talented man.
Our father lived a long and happy life. He often sang the Frank Sinatra song, "I Did It My Way". And that's just what Dad did too.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph and William "Bill" Iorio; and his sisters, Marie Lombardo, Anna (Petri) Cianciola, and Dorothy Romito.
John is survived by daughter, Julie (Jim) Clegg of Akron; sons, Joe (Terri) of Copley, Jon of Akron, Jerry and Jamie; former daughter-in-law, Debbie (Smith) Iorio; grandchildren, Andrew and Sarah Jean Clegg, Nick and Jeana Iorio, Michelle and Jennifer Smith; great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Connor, Brittney, and Dennis. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews along with his many friends.
Per our dad's long-time wishes, there were no calling hours or funeral. Private burial was held at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Haven of Rest ( 175 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44308)
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Nov. 3, 2013