Brought up in the Bronx, John graduated from Amityville High School in 1946. After graduating, he and his close friend “Gunner” toured the United States on motorcycles. He entered the United States Air Force in 1950. John was a member of the 492nd Bomb Squadron, 7th Bomb Wing and member of the Air Force Gunner’s Association. He served 4 years in the Air Force as an aerial gunner on the B-36 Peace Maker, and was stationed in England, Fort Worth, Texas, and Loring AFB in Limestone, Maine. John was also a journeyman machinist.
John met and married Joan Welsh March 19, 1955, in Long Island, New York. They lived on Long Island until 1972 and moved to Palmyra where John and Joan purchased and ran the famous Gateway Restaurant and Lounge in Newport. John and Joan retired from the restaurant business in 1991. John was a member of the American Legion, Bangor Elks Lodge Number 244, Meridian Splendor Masonic Lodge Number 49, the Anah Shrine in Bangor and the Tri-County Shrine Club where he was awarded the “Noble of the Year” Award in 1979.
He is pre-deceased by his brother, Elmoth and is survived by his wife Joan and three daughters, Lynda Woloss and her husband Bob of York Harbor; Kristine Kurro of Palmyra; Carolyn Kurro of Louisville, KY; three grandchildren, Dylan and Dana Andrews and Otto Shorey; nephew Alan Kurro and his wife Robin and their children, Hope Jacobson and her husband Randy, and Eian and Liza Kurro; nieces Dawn Bates and husband Drew of Long Island, NY; and Valerie Ferrara and husband Nelson of Long Island, NY.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, where funeral services will be held 10 A.M. Thursday, February 28th with Pastor Al H. Worden officiating. Spring burial will be in the Palmyra Village Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.CrosbyNeal.com.
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