The most wonderful man in the world, John Charles DiMario, passed away at 87 years of age on Saturday, August 7 at 3:52 p.m. He went to meet God peacefully, surrounded by his loving family who kept a devoted vigil by his side.
John was born on June 26, 1934 to Sam and Clementine DiMario in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended Holy Name High School and worked on a local bean farm to pay for his tuition. John was stubborn until the very end, continuing in his tradition of surprising doctors even in the days leading up to his death. His strength of spirit and will to live were unmatched, and his final actions were ones of comfort and love for his family.
He was a man who was so good that it became a running joke, his family calling him Mr. Wonderful and St. John. It’s true to say he lived a good, long life, and he will be greatly missed by friends and family, who were his greatest devotion. Cleveland sports teams were a strong second.
John traveled around the world with his beloved wife of 65 years, Patricia, rising up as an executive at GE Capital despite not having the opportunity to finish his college degree. He was warm and kind, loving good conversation and treating everyone he met with grace and love. John and Patricia had three children: Deborah, John, and Greg, as well as nine loving grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is survived by all of them and by his brother, Sonny; his sister, Marge; his godson, Gary; and other nieces and nephews.
His family will honor the memory of this funny, giving, and devoted man by raising a glass of his favorite drink, a Manhattan, over quality time with loved ones and sharing stories of this incredible man and father. There was a Funeral Mass to celebrate his life on Saturday, August 14, 12 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra, where he was a decades-long parishioner and Eucharistic Minister.
In lieu of flowers, please support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in John’s memory.