John Richard Mayo
1960 - 2021
Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service - Charlotte
1321 Berkeley Avenue
Charlotte, NC
John Richard Mayo
December 1, 1960 - September 11, 2021
Charlotte, North Carolina - John Richard Mayo, 60, of Charlotte, NC passed away peacefully on September 11, 2021, one week after suffering cardiac arrest while out for his usual Saturday morning run with friends. The family will receive friends 4:30-7:00 pm, Saturday, September 18 in the fellowship hall of Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 East Blvd, Charlotte NC. John's life was all about joy so please no black attire. To keep the family safe, attendance is limited to vaccinated individuals only.
John was born in New Jersey to the late Richard and Lois Mayo. From the moment he was born he never sat still. He drove across the country to attend University of Colorado at Boulder, from which he graduated with degrees in Anthropology and Political Science. After working on a salmon boat off the Aleutians for a summer and hitchhiking his way back from Alaska, he attended Arizona State College of Law, where he received his J.D. after winning Best Brief in the National Environmental Moot Court Competition. He loved being a lawyer and his expertise spanned across many areas. He started his career as a judicial clerk in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, after which he worked at Shanley & Fisher in New Jersey before spending the rest of his career as in-house counsel for several manufacturing companies, including serving as General Counsel for Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, Latexco, LLC and Fairbanks Morse, LLC.
John had a very full life outside of his legal career. He loved taking care of his farm and would spend many happy hours riding his tractor with his beloved labs following behind. He built many a stone wall, planted redwood trees that are now 50 feet tall, and cleared trails throughout the woods. A weedwhacker, chainsaw or leaf blower was never far from him. He built swing sets, tree houses, train tables and doll beds for his children. He and his family traveled often, and they especially loved snorkeling and chasing flowing lava. John was an expert skier and loved to lead his family down runs that he forgot to mention were triple black diamond.
John befriended anyone who came within 3 feet of him. He loved to have fun and was never known to have a serious moment. John's friends were diverse and wide-spread, and he always "knew a guy" to call for whatever problem needed to be solved. He was genuinely charming and he always had a good story. Rarely a day would go by that he didn't help someone, whether neighbor or stranger. He was a long-time member of the Charlotte Ballet Board of Trustees and volunteered with Innovate Charlotte mentoring entrepreneurs. Even in death he continued to help others through organ donation.
Above all, he loved his family. He always made lunch for the kids even though they were teenagers, and cherished the time he spent driving them to school. He taught them how to always look on the bright side and never, ever give up. His ever-present laughter, singing, talking and goofy dancing brightened up every single day. He showed his wife every day that he loved her.
John leaves behind his wife Judy, daughters Melissa and Jessica and son Dylan; sister Debbie (Karl); sister Karen (Rod); brother Chris (Benita); sister-in-law Susan (Jorge); many other relatives including 15 nieces and nephews who adored their fun uncle; his beloved chocolate lab; and enough firewood to heat the house for years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Charlotte Ballet or TreesCharlotte in his memory.
Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

Published by Charlotte Observer on Sep. 16, 2021.
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Michael & Stephanie Stephenson
September 18, 2021
Judy and Dylan, I was so sad to learn this news today. While I only knew John through the thin slice of youth sports life, nothing in his full story surprised me. He was always a bundle of positive energy and encouragement. When he wasn´t coaching, he was chatting. Bragging on you and the kids (proud, but boastful) and just always a pleasure. I know his memory will carry forward and he clearly lived a full life, and I am so sorry you have lost him so soon. Much love to all of you.
Megan Merchant
September 18, 2021
So very sorry to hear of John's passing. We worked together at Shanley & Fisher. He was a great guy and a big part of our fun times at the law firm. He will be missed. Kathy Harden
Kathy Harden
September 18, 2021
Atilano Family
September 18, 2021
Saddened to hear of John´s passing. Judy and family, you are in my thoughts.
Gazale Poorsoltan
September 17, 2021
I didn´t know John but I am certain we "ran" in the same circles. I am deeply sad to hear of your loss. He sounds like an amazing guy that will be missed greatly. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends ( 2 legged and 4).
Rhonda Baker
September 17, 2021
So sorry to hear of John's passing. We worked together at Shanley & Fisher. Great man. Really one of a kind. He will be missed.
Bob Burke
September 17, 2021
Dear Judy and children, I was shocked to learn of John's death today. My heart aches for you and my deepest condolences for your loss.
George W. Peterson
September 17, 2021
To John's Family: WOW! What a BRAVE and INTERESTING man!! Sending our deepest condolences to your family! When the coming days become challenging, remember all of the good times you had with John, his laughter and his smile. Trust in God for comfort and strength and know that "Weeping may endureth for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." John: Fly with the Angels.
Ms. B
September 16, 2021
So sorry for your loss. John was a very special family man. Condolences to you and your children.
L, Polite-Coleman
September 16, 2021
Words cannot express what a huge loss the world has suffered now that John is no longer here to make others laugh, show his generosity and compassion, and be a friend to everyone - John never met a stranger. We loved John so much, he was my kids' favorite uncle. He taught us so much about selflessness and fun. I will miss him more than words can express but his presence will live on forever in our hearts and minds.
Susan Reiley
September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021
I am so thankful to have known John through the Run For Your Life community. He always had a lighthearted word or joke to share in passing or at water stops. I will never forget the pep talk he and Judy gave me as I begrudgingly walked to the start line of the 2019 Charlotte Marathon; it made me chuckle and distracted me from the task at hand. John was a consistent member of the RFYL yoga class and always encouraged me as a new instructor. I will cherish the many conversations we had. I will never forget the ways John let his light shine toward everyone he met. Sending lots of love and hugs to Judy and the entire family during this difficult time.
Emily Lupsor
September 16, 2021
Judy, my heart is heavy with sorrow at your devastating loss. You and your beautiful children are a testament to what a wonderful man John was. May you find comfort in God and in your family and friends who grief with you.
Lin Altamura
September 16, 2021
We were so sorry to hear of John's passing. John was a great friend, and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Mike & Jen Felcher
September 15, 2021
So sorry to hear of John´s passing. He was a fantastic man and always had a smile and a story to share. Our prayers are with your family.
Boris Bunich
September 15, 2021
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