Rochester, NY, formerly of Watertown NY, passed away on January 10, 2022, after a very courageous battle with cancer at the age of 73.
John is predeceased by his parents, John A. and Pansie M. McDonald. Survived by his daughter Dawn Marie (Bill) Burns – Rochester, fur-baby Louie, brother Terry (Debbie) Rochester, nieces Robin & Lisa, and nephew TJ, many cousins and many, many friends in the Watertown area, Rochester area, and in South Carolina.
John grew up in Watertown, graduated from General Brown High School in 1966. John was a United States Air Force Veteran. John lived in the north country for several years, before relocating to Rochester. Tired of the snow, he moved to South Carolina over twenty years ago. John was a retired corrections officer with the South Carolina Department of Corrections. In October 2021, John made the decision to move back to the snowy weather in Rochester to be near his family.
John enjoyed going for long rides to find the perfect Mom & Pop diner, dancing and all kinds of music. John loved to make others laugh. Margaritas, Tacos and Clemson Football were all favorites that he shared with his daughter. John loved his group of “people”. Many friends became family to John over the years – Tabitha, Christie, Brittany, Don, Paula & Girls – you were his SC family – thank you.
A huge heartfelt thank you to Terry & Debbie, Diane & Al, Bobby & Carmella – for the support and love!
A very special thank you to the Aurora House in Spencerport, NY for making the last days as comfortable and peaceful as possible. Our family will forever be touched by your kindness, gentleness and love.
During John’s last days, he asked to “taste” an apple. With the littlest piece of apple in his mouth, he looked up in astonishment and said “Enjoy the little things in life” because life can change in an instant & life sure did change for John.
Per John’s request, there will not be a formal funeral, instead there will be a graveside service with full military honors in Rochester at a later date.
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