DOB 08/30/1952: On July 24, 2013 the world lost a very talented, loving & caring man who would give of himself to all he met. John was just a few weeks short of his 61st Birthday when he suddenly passed from a pulmonary embolism. He went to join his best friend and Father, Jerry Hlavac and Our Lord in heaven. He is survived by his friend, companion and loving wife of 34 years Tina (Connelly) Hlavac; his only daughter Jackie Hlavac and her longtime companion Jason Buchta, Johnson City; and of course his pride and joy, grandson & best buddy Gavin Hlavac. He is also survived by his loving mother Doris Hlavac who spent ½ her time with John & Tina and the other ½ her time with John's sister & brother-in-law Diane (Hlavac) Buckley and Bill Buckley in North Port, FL. John is also survived by his brother & sister-in-law who "always needed John's help". Jim & Katie (Scott) Hlavac of Endwell, brother-in-law James Connelly, brothers and sisters in-law Kathy & Tony Citriniti, Mary & Dell Boyle, and a special cousin, Jerry Stulir. He had many special nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly and they loved his loud, silly talents and sense of humor. John was one of the first local Body Builders which was a passion he carried on throughout his life. John's gift of Art was handed down from his Dad; he was always working on a project, usually for other people. John loved anything with wheels and could usually fix anything, which was a wonderful gift to the rest of us. John worked as a maintenance supervisor at SUNY Binghamton for 25 years where his crew truly loved and missed him after his retirement 3 years ago. We love you and miss you John and though it is not ours to understand why you were taken away from us so suddenly, we will continue to try and find strength here on earth through faith and through the love of our family and friends that you were so much the heart of. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 9AM from the Allen Memorial Home, Inc., 511-513 E. Main Street, Endicott, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Vincent de Paul/Blessed Sacrament Church, Vestal at 10AM. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home on Monday 4-7PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to an ITF educational fund for John's beloved grandson Gavin Hlavac at a Visions Federal Credit Union.