John Anthony Alessio, 78, left this world on December 9, 2020 from complications of COVID-19 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.
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John is survived by Lee, his wife of 46 years and perfect counterpart; their children John Anthony Alessio II and Mary Alessio-Sendecky and son-in-law Stephen Sendecky; daughter Jeana Jo Alessio; sister Deborah Alessio Watson and brother-in-law Jack Watson (deceased); brother-in-law David Nutter and wife Donna, nephew Adam Nutter and wife Rosalba and several special extended family members.
John was born and raised in Shinnston to Patsy and Ida Alessio, who loved him unconditionally.
He took pride in everything his hands touched: his customer's haircuts, his produce picked from his garden to be delivered to his friends, his homemade soup brought to his children. All of it done meticulously and exactly right.
He truly and skillfully listened to you when you spoke. He put thought into all of his responses and his silences. If he used his whistle to catch your attention on Pike Street, it was sharp and arresting, but at home it hummed a soft contented tune his children will never forget.
He had drive and will behind every last step walked to his barbershop to provide for his family and to serve his customers who he appreciated beyond measure.
He was a natural at living in the present and could always recognize what was important and what wasn't. It's true, The Professor knew all the secrets to life, and wanted you to know them too.
John was very active in his free time. Whether he was golfing, fishing the West Fork River, or on a most enjoyed trout fishing trip in the mountains, most of these were done beside his dear friends. If we tried to mention you all, someone may be left out, and John wouldn't like that because he loved you all. Thank you for your friendship and bringing John joy.
John wished for cremation services provided by Harmer Funeral Home, there will be no public services. Customers of John Anthony's may call 304-592-9868 for a message from our family. If you ever see us around, we would love to hear memories of our patriarch. John's wife and children would like to thank Dr. Lance Dubberke and staff for John's care. In lieu of flowers, contributions for final expenses may be sent to John's wife, Carol Lee Alessio, by mail or via a GoFundMe on her son's Facebook page. Online condolences may be shared at harmerfuneralhome.com.