John Roy Simonelli, born on March 21, 1941, in Croton Falls, New York, peacefully passed away on November 26, 2023, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was a beloved father, grandfather, friend, and cherished member of the community.
Throughout his life, John found joy in various pursuits. His work experience involved a deep passion for training dogs, bringing happiness and companionship to countless furry friends. He also had a keen interest in collecting different kinds of artifacts, appreciating the beauty and history they held. In his kitchen, he delighted in creating delicious meals and sharing them with loved ones. Nature and gardening were sources of solace and inspiration for John, allowing him to be in touch with the world around him. An avid sports enthusiast, baseball held a special place in his heart, but he found joy in all kinds of sports.
Family and friends were at the core of John’s life. He cherished the moments spent with his loved ones, always eager to create lasting memories. His warm personality and affectionate nature made him a treasured companion. John’s adoration extended even to his kittens, who brought him endless joy and comfort.
John’s dedication to community service was evident through his involvement as a volunteer fireman. His selflessness and bravery will forever be remembered by those he served alongside.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Matthew Simonelli and Mary Fazzinga Simonelli, as well as his son, Michael Simonelli, and his brother, Richard Simonelli. He leaves behind a son, Matthew Simonelli of Manhattan, NY; a daughter, Missy Allen and her husband, David Allen of Wilmington, NC; six grandchildren; close friends, Peadar and Anne Dooley of Stoneham, MA, and Jesse Junker of Leland, NC; and two cherished kittens.
A memorial mass will be conducted 2:00 pm Wednesday November 29, 2023 in honor of John’s life at the Basilica of Saint Mary, located at 421 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC.
John Roy Simonelli lived a life filled with love, passion, and dedication. His spirit will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing him. May his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration in our lives.
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