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John Robert Gavrile, 65, of Ellwood City passed away at Allegheny General Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.
Born in Ellwood City on April 28, 1952, John was a son of the late John and Antonetta Butchelle Gavrile.
John is survived by his wife, the former Kelly Jesseman, whom he married on Sept. 16, 1979.
John had worked at the Aetna Standard in Ellwood until its closing. He later worked for Phoenix Glass in Monaca and at US Airways.
John always enjoyed sports, playing as a youth and later in several Ellwood adult softball leagues. John also enjoyed coaching, he coached BVM CYO basketball, both Riverside and Ellwood youth soccer, he coached the Ellwood fifth- and sixth-grade girls basketball teams. John also coached and was a board member of the Little Angels and Youth League Softball.
John was a member of the Ellwood City Moose Lodge.
Besides John's wife, Kelly, he is survived by two children, Scott Michael Gavrile of New Castle and April Lynn (John) Chervick of Ellwood City; two granddaughters, MacKenzie and Ariana Gavrile; two sisters, MaryAnne Gavrile of New Castle and Patty (Doug) Minteer of Bacliff, Texas; his father-in-law, William Jesseman of Melbourne, Florida; his mother-in-law, Carol Kirkham Cutich of Franklin Township; and his beloved dogs, Buddy and Cricket.
John was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Dave Jesseman.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Joseph A. Tomon Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport.
A funeral service will be held following visitation at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Josh Mackenstein of the New Brighton Free Methodist Church officiating.
Private interment will be in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.
Published on February 1, 2018
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