Basil posted a condolence
Friday, June 10, 2022
This man was a longtime friend of my grandparents, Blanche and Bernie Sylvester. I met him as a kid at their old farmhouse in Youngstown, NY. He taught me how to eat brussels sprouts (with a tablespoon of butter per sprout), how to drink well, how to tell dirty jokes, and he doesn’t know it but he really shaped the person I am today—his kindness and friendliness struck me when I was no older than 10 and I’ve tried to be more gregarious and boisterous ever since. He never condescended which was incredible since he was in a room with mostly adults, then my sister and I, hanging on his every (cuss) word. (he’s likely already hosting raucous parties in the hereafter). My thoughts are with his family in this difficult time. Rest in peace John, you are missed.
Wayne Morgan posted a symbolic gesture
Thursday, June 9, 2022
It seems like only yesterday, but somehow, seventy years have passed. Grammar school, high school, college, always together sharing every moment of life's experiences. When adult life took us our separate ways just a phone call or occasional visit made it seem like we never parted. John started life in America as a shy, bookish boy with few friends. He ended life at the other extreme, full of energy, humor, warmth, and loads of dear friends. He always made who he was with feel special and important, nobody more so, than lovely Mary, Cindy, and his most precious grandkids. John had so many great attributes but the ones I most think about were his capacity to learn, remember, and discuss virtually any topic which made conversations with him a fun experience. For the rest of my days, John will always be in my heart and on my mind. Thank you, John, for making so many people's lives richer and better by knowing you. Wayne
Norm Celotto posted a condolence
Thursday, June 9, 2022
John was a force of nature, who made us all nature lovers. More, he was a magical manager, collaborative colleague, steadfast friend, and, charming dinner companion. The world is less bright now.
Becky Dietz posted a condolence
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
He was larger than life … and the life of every party. He really did make everyone feel like a lifelong friend who was in on whatever joke or one-liner he was teeing up. So thankful for all the sweet, and hilarious, memories. Miss him.
The family of John Sliwa uploaded a photo
Tuesday, June 7, 2022