John G. Ciaccio
1945 - 2021
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John G. Ciaccio
May 10, 1945 – February 8, 2021
Resident of Milpitas

John Ciaccio, loving husband, brother, uncle and great uncle, quintessential salesman and avid golfer returned to his heavenly family February 8, 2021. He passed peacefully at home in Milpitas, CA with his loving wife, Paulette by his side. Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois on May 10, 1945, to Nicholas and Anna (née Girnis) Ciaccio, John was a gentle and caring soul, going out of his way for anyone in need.
After graduation from Bloom High School, he went to work at the Allis Chalmers engine division in Harvey, Illinois. In 1965, he entered the Army and proudly served the United States in Viet Nam. Defending our dream while attached to the 123rd Transportation Company in Cam Ranh Bay. Upon his return to civilian life he decided to advance his education under the GI bill and graduated Prairie State College in 1970 and Eastern Illinois University in 1972. While at Prairie State he met and in 1972 married his lifelong partner, Paulette (née Hrovat).
After graduating EIU, John spent his first few post college years selling for Western & Southern Life Insurance. This provided John, always a people person, a platform to polish his skills for the ‘gift of gab’. In 1976, he reconnected with Allis Chalmers, which relocated him to California as a district manager covering a six state area. His entire career was spent with various companies in industrial sales and service throughout Northern California and surrounding states.
John’s love of people extended into his daily life, especially his passion for golf. He took interest in the young folks living in his townhome complex. He started a group hitting whiffle balls, hoping to instill in them his “love of the game”.
John was an avid golfer, history and Trivia buff, and worldwide traveler. He was happiest playing with the SIRS on Wednesday’s Golf and Monday’s Bocce Ball competition. His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his wife of 48+ years, Paulette, along with his brothers Michael (Judith), James (Rosemary), sister AnneMarie (Robert) Gavenda, niece Margaret Ciaccio, nephew Mark (Jeanne) Gavenda, nephew Carl (Alita) Ciaccio, great niece Madison Jordan Ciaccio and great nephew Nicholas Ciaccio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Anna Ciaccio and brother, Robert Ciaccio.
John lived a full and rewarding life but the most important lesson he instilled in his family and friends was to live life with dedication and love for your family, faith and community. He was a great friend who was loved by many. He respected all, and impacted everyone he met.
John will be remembered for his gregarious personality, friendly demeanor, and unique smile. He will be truly missed. There will be a Memorial Mass and Celebration of his Life later this year both in California and Illinois once safe. Details will be sent out at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in John’s memory to Pancreatic Cancer research and early detection, American Diabetes, Golf’s First Tee or your favorite charity.

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6 entries
February 24, 2021
My wife Yolanda and I were very sorry to hear of John's passing. We knew John from St Elizabeth Church in Milpitas. The sunset picture is from a wonderful day we spent with John and Paulette at Oceanside last year. We will miss John very much.
Winston Jackson
February 23, 2021
Paulette, I was so saddened to read about John’s passing. Such a wonderful fellow and always so loving!
A larger than life personality! I know you will miss him a great deal. Sending you good thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Cathy
Cathy Schulze
February 22, 2021
I'am saddened to hear of the passing of John Ciaccio, my deepest condolences to the Ciaccio family, they lived across the street from my Aunt Edith and Uncle Guido Cellini,in Steger Illinois.... A wonderful loving family.... I was a play mate to Annmarie Ciaccio when visiting my aunt ad uncles house...
Paula (Guiliano/Julian), Blissett
February 15, 2021
John fanned the flames of golf passion for both myself and my wife, Kate. He got us enrolled in the Hackers couples league at Sunken Gardens in Sunnyvale and me, personally, with his men's club at Tularcitos (now Summitpointe) in Milpitas. With friends and family we also made fond golfing trips to Pine Mountain. John was the best golfer of the group and always encouraging and inspirational. His passion for the game never faltered. His loyalty, faith and devotion never faltered either. I knew him not only as a friend to many but most importantly as a loving husband, a devoted son and a proud sibling and uncle to many.
Michael R. Hoesly
February 15, 2021
We will miss John. He was always the life of the party. John and Paulette were a beautiful couple for so many years and always a pleasure to have visit us. We continue to send our love to Paulette and the family.
Jim and Linda LoBue
February 14, 2021
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