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John Gary Pasquinelli, Sr. | 73

May 10, 1947 - December 15, 2020

John Gary Pasquinelli, Sr., most recently from Cary, NC, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the age 73.

John was born on May 10, 1947 to the late Etole and Mildred (Croom) Pasquinelli in Norfolk, VA.  He spent his entire childhood in Kersey on Coal Hollow Road and graduated from St. Marys Area High School in 1965.

John was the proud father of four children: Paula (John) Garczynski of Erie, PA; Melissa Pasquinelli (Sean Mitton) of Cary, NC; Amanda (Mike) Sockett of Mentor, OH; and John (Amelia) Pasquinelli, Jr. of Holly Springs, NC; as well as a loving grandfather to Evan and Owen Sockett and Tyler Mitton Pasquinelli, all of whom survive.  Besides his children, John is also survived by a sister, Patricia Pasquinelli of Kersey; a brother, Brent Pasquinelli of State College; and several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his former wife, Sue (Wickett) Pasquinelli, with whom he shared his four children.

John was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, serving for two years with the Army at Fort Bliss, TX.  After his time in the military, he moved to St. Marys where he worked for 20 years at Carbon City Products as a tool and die maker and manufacturing engineer.  He, along with his former wife Sue, started the first grinding company in Elk County, J.& S. Grinding Inc. located in Ridgway, in 1987, which he owned and operated for many years before retiring.  He volunteered in the community as a little league coach, and was Past Chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and also a Past Grand Knight and a 4th degree knight of Council 567 of the Knights of Columbus.  He was a 50 year life member of Post 103 American Legion in St. Marys, and also belonged to the CMF, Moose, PFL, and the VFW of Emporium.

John will be lovingly remembered by his children and those who knew him as someone with an incredible sense of humor who could tell the best stories, and who enjoyed spending time with others and laughing at a good joke.  He seemed to know someone wherever he went, or would make new connections — even his new NC community was already fond of his enthusiastic friendliness.  He had a deep love of his country and was proud to have served it.  He was passionate about American history, hunting, fishing, golfing, and rooting for his sports teams as a lifelong Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins fan.

A Memorial Mass will be held at the St. Boniface Church in Kersey at a later date and time to be announced.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Fisher House Foundation, 12300 Twinbrook Parkway, Suite 410, Rockville, MD  20852.



Funeral Service

TBA Future Date
St. Boniface Church

Final Resting Place

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  1. Many condolences to the Pasquinelli family for the loss of your loved one. May memories of him be in your hearts forever..GOD BLESS
    Love and Hugs, Mike & Gerri Ireland Family

  2. Missy, so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Our deepest sympathy
    to you and your family.

    Cheryl, Dave and Bess Lewetag

  3. Deepest sympathy to the Pasquinelli family (my neighbors). John was a great guy that I will never forget. My dad will be happy that one of his good friends is coming home to see him! Much love to the Pasquinelli family. Take care!

  4. Our deepest sympathies go out to Tish and the entire family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Sending condolences to the Pasquinelli families.
    So sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Dean, Mary, & Ryan Hanes

  6. I also graduated with John in 1965. Been friends with him on Facebook recently. All the comments on here fit John perfectly, he was kind, generous and such a wonderful man. I was happy to reconnect with him after all of these years. RIP my friend.

  7. I knew John from our conversations at American Legion Post 103. He rarely had a bad word to say about anyone! I always enjoyed his stories, and just being around him seemed to put people at ease. I will say prayers for all his children and grandchildren in hope it might ease the burden of losing such a great person. Rest easy my friend!

  8. Sending our condolences to all of John’s family. We always enjoyed his visits and having him as a part of the family. John was such a kind man and Frank especially loved talking all things Italian with him. In fact we still have the famous Italian Americans poster with John and Frank pasted in the picture. He will be forever in our memory.

  9. I (Alice) graduated with John, but we got to know him better in the time he lived in Emporium. We will surely miss his smiling face. He was so friendly and always had a kind word and a gentle soul. You will be in our daily thoughts and prayers.
    Dale and Alice Slottje

  10. Missy and Family – I am sorry for the loss of your father.

  11. Sending my condolences to John’s family. I hadn’t seen him in years but keep in touch through Facebook. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was my first boyfriend at St. Boniface. Hugs to all of you.

  12. Sending condolences to John’s family. John was a very gracious man and he certainly was a social butterfly. We will miss seeing him and sending hugs and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time.
    Ron and Denise Simbeck

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