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John Frank Liseno

John Frank Liseno, 50, of Crawfordville, died January 12, 2014, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville after complications from a lung transplant he received on December 15, 2012. John was born August 5, 1963, in New Brunswick, NJ, to Carmen and Mary (Gourley) Liseno. He met his wife Lisa (Watkins) Liseno on February 16, 1999, Mardi Gras Day, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the two were inseparable from then on. John and Lisa moved to Tallahassee in August 2000, and were united in marriage on September 23, 2007, in Sturgeon Bay, WI. John owned and operated John the Painter Inc., a commercial paint contracting company in Tallahassee. John founded his company in 2005 and built it from the ground up. John was an avid Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast and loved to jump on one of his two beloved Harleys and ride with any of his many pals (aka brothers) to Daytona, New Jersey, Wisconsin or anywhere the road would take him.

John was an incredibly loving, devoted and selfless husband and friend, and the most genuine, uninhibited, hardworking person who was always looking for ways to give back to others and pay it forward. Although he had bad lungs, he was known by many for his huge heart. He was quick with a joke and even quicker with lending his generous, kindhearted hands to anyone in need. A fabulous cook, John enjoyed sharing his signature Italian dish of homemade sauce, meatballs and sausage. He loved his wife, his cats George and Weezee, and all his family and friends deeply.

John is also survived by his brother, Carmen Liseno, of Daytona Beach; his in-laws, Norman and Mabel Watkins, of Sturgeon Bay, WI; his sister-in-law, Robin (Nick Mitchell) Watkins, of Wake Forest, NC; his brothers-in-law, Steve (Jackie Falk) Watkins, of Cincinnati, OH, and Dan (Sherry) Watkins, of Naperville, IL; his niece, Cheyenne Watkins, of Dixon, IL; his nephew, Elliot Watkins, of Naperville, IL; and his cousins Barbara Long, Christine Brace, Vincent Marski, Linda Scott and Bernadette Hathaway. He was preceded in death by his parents.

We would like to give thanks for the wonderful care John received from Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville and a special thank you to all of the staff in the Lung Transplant Program there.

A service celebrating John's unique life will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Riggins Road Chapel, Tallahassee. At his family's request, those who wish should please feel free to dress casually. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in John's memory to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, Ill 60611), the University of Florida Lung Transplant Research Account (c/o Chris Eagan, 1600 SW Archer Road, Box 100225, Gainesville, Fl 32610), or the Robert D. Brooks Award, which John founded at the Florida State University Division of Undergraduate Studies. Checks for the Brooks Award may be made payable to "FSU Foundation". Please include ACE Acct. #7349 and in memory of John Liseno in the note line. Donations can also be sent to Nancy Worrell, Division of Undergraduate Studies, P.O. Box 3062460, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2460.


Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Jan. 26, 2014
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