John P. Cleary, Sr., March 10, 1940- May 13, 2021. Graduated from John Carroll University 1968; Alumni of Ursuline High School and St. Dominic School, Youngstown, OH. Served in the U.S. Army 1961 during the Vietnam Era. Because he had typing skills, he was assigned to NATO headquarters in Paris. Was employed by the Veteran’s Administration in Detroit and Cleveland. Retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2010 where he worked in Maintenance, keeping machines running. Married to Frances M. (Suhm) on October 3, 1970. He was the father of six, and grandfather of six. Anne M. Cleary, (m. Kevin Harper) and son Alex Harper. Mary K. Sholl, (m. Jason) and daughter Sienna and son Soren. John. P Cleary, Jr., William I. Cleary II, Patrick F. Cleary, (m. Celeste Blau,) daughter Clementine, son Finneas, and daughter Marigold, and Michael J. Cleary, (m. Susana Alfaro). At age 18, he built a wooden canoe from scratch. He kept it in good condition for over 60 years. He loved hiking and canoeing outdoors. He loved wilderness camping. He was interested in wolves and even camped on Isle Royale hoping to see them. He was interested in the theory of relativity. As a side project since 1970 he tried to develop a method for photonic propulsion.
VISITATION MONDAY, MAY 17TH FROM 3-7PM AT ZABOR FUNERAL HOME. FUNERAL MASS TUESDAY, MAY 19TH AT 11:30 AT ST. JOHN BOSCO. INTERMENT PRIVATE AT OHIO WESTERN RESERVE NATIONAL CEMETERY. OFFER CONDOLENCES BELOW.
Messages of Condolence
Some of my best childhood and teenage memories are of summer visits to the Cleary family home in Youngstown. OH. I was close to Jim Cleary in age, and we sometimes tagged along with John during my brief summer visits. This was at Aunt Janet’s insistence, not because John wanted two younger kids included in his neighborhood adventures. Nevertheless, John usually accepted our company with patience and good humor. One time I even got a canoe ride! As I matured, I admired John’s knowledge of the natural world. He will be missed by many, especially the fine family he leaves ~ a bright and supportive wife, his six children and his grandchildren. Rest in peace, John!
Fran, Hugs and prayers to you and your family. Peace.
Fran, our thoughts & prayers are with you & yours. May God Bless you
Anne and Kevin,
So sorry for your loss. Give your mom a hug for us.