John P. Shorie Sr., age 91, passed away on November 12, 2021. Born in Canton on September 12, 1930, he was the youngest in a family of eight children.
Preceding him in passing were his parents, Joseph and Rita (DiFrancesco) Shorie; wife Norma (Lanzi) Shorie; son David Shorie; and siblings Mary, Ida, Thomas, James, Ralph, Anthony, and William (Coach) Shorie. He is survived by his son John P. Shorie Jr (Becky), daughter in law Diane Shorie, grandchildren Christina (Ben) Schiltz, Angela (Kevin) Clark, Stephanie Shorie, John P. Shorie III, and great-grandchildren Audrey Mueller and Annemarie Clark. He is also survived by longtime friend Rhoda Gabriele, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
John was a 1948 graduate of McKinley High School and a proud member of the United States Marine Corps. Upon his return from the Marines, he was employed by the Ford Motor Co. and retired after 33 years of service in 1986.
John was a member of Christ the Servant Parish for over 50 years. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, as well as a valued member of the Unique Club of Canton and the McKinley Bulldog Athletic Association. Proud of his heritage, he volunteered for the Italian American Festival, and also spent many years lending a hand at Gabe’s Meat and Deli. He loved to travel and took many overseas vacations with family and friends. A proud supporter of all things Canton, he was an avid attendee of all Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival events. John was a well-known Bulldog fan and attended McKinley basketball and football games for over 75 years.
One of John's greatest joys was the time spent with his loving family. He was the life of the party and an entertaining storyteller. If you met him once, you’d immediately feel like you knew him for a lifetime. He always provided the humor, the dollar bills for LCR games, and his famous watermelon drink which was well-loved by many. He never missed a family gathering or one of his grandchildren’s many events over the years. He was generous with his time, and could always be counted on to support anyone in need.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks for the compassionate care provided by Dr. Richard Cooper and the staff of Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital.
Visitation will be held from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, November 17 at the Rossi Family Funeral Home in Canton. Funeral services will begin in the funeral home at 12 noon, with Msgr. Lewis F. Gaetano as celebrant. A private interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canton McKinley Senior Bulldog Booster Club or the Bulldog Athletic Association.