John Joa

John Joa

unknown - May 30, 2012

John Joa, 91, died peacefully at home with his family on May 30, 2012. Born in East Syracuse he met his beloved wife, Shirley, in kindergarden. They married in 1943 and were married 65 years before her death in 2009. John served in the Army Air Corps during WWII in India and China. He returned home to his wife in 1946 returning to college at St. Lawrence University. After graduation he secured a position teaching high school math in the Skaneateles Central School district, moved to Skaneateles with Shirley and stayed teaching in Skaneateles for a 30 year career. During his tenure he coached at different times the boys jayvee basketball team and the varsity golf team.
John was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. His greatest love was for his wife and his two daughters. His greatest passion was for golf.
Known by many at Skaneateles Country Club as “Popcorn”, John was never a long ball hitter. However, his swing emulated his favorite golfer Ben Hogan in his ability to play right down the middle. At 81 he shot his age for the first time at Skaneateles Country club to go along with six holes in one - five of which were achieved on the par 3 “Gully hole” at SCC. He was known and loved by many as a gentle, kind man and a story teller.
John is survived by his daughters Sue (William) Welch and Deborah (Eric) Orser, his granddaughter Amy (John) Devito, his grandson Jeff (Kara) Welch, and his great grandchildren Jake DeVito, Samantha DeVito, and Noah Welch as well as his devoted granddogs Gracie and Hogan.
Services were held Friday, June 1, at the Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles and at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Skaneateles. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Skaneateles.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Finger Lakes, 1130 Corporate Dr., Auburn, NY 13021. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com.


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