Dr. John DeAngelis of Naples, FL and Melvin Village, NH, beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and cousin, retired surgeon, and avid sportsman, passed away in Naples on August 12, 2019 at the age of 91 years.
John was born in New York City and joyfully spent the summers of his youth with family in Rochester, NY. At the early age of 17, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp. where he proudly served until his honorable discharge after two years. With the support of the GI Bill, he attended Fordham University, graduating with a B.S. in Pharmacy, and went on to work with ER Squibb & Sons. A year later, he entered New York Medical College, working pharmacy and restaurant jobs to pay tuition and support himself until he graduated in 1957.
John served his internship at Rochester General Hospital where late one evening in the hospital commissary, he met a beautiful young nurse named Janet Wagner. They were married in 1958 and promptly moved to San Diego, CA, where he served a one-year residency in obstetrics. They returned to New York City where he served a four-year residency in surgery at Flower-Fifth Avenue Hospital.
John and Janet started a family, and in 1963 moved to Huntington, Long Island where he built his private practice in general surgery at Huntington Hospital. Over the next thirty years, he dedicated himself without reserve to treating the sick and injured of his community, day and night. He served as Chief of Surgery at Huntington Hospital, as an assistant professor of surgery at New York Medical College and Stony Brook University, and as a governor of the American College of Surgeons. During this time, he earned his private pilot license and flew his beloved Cessna 15RS up and down the east coast. He also had a true love of the water and enjoyed much deserved downtime on Sanibel Island, FL and Water Mill, NY.
After retiring from practice in 1993, John and Janet moved to Naples, FL and Melvin Village, NH where John regularly played golf and tennis and actively served on committees at the Port Royal, Hole in the Wall Golf, and Bald Peak Colony Clubs. They loved spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, and especially loved clearing dance floors with their graceful and dazzling Lindy Hop. In the final years of Janet’s health struggles, John valiantly dedicated himself to supporting his wife.
John placed tremendous value in the importance of hard work, education, and activity, attending seminars and playing golf until shortly before his death. He leaves this legacy to his son Keith (Jennifer) DeAngelis, daughters, Kristin (Mike) Delea, Kimberly (Marty) Glavin, and Karissa (Chris) Raymond, sister, Carol (Dee) Tennery and grandchildren, Brendan, Caylor, Caroline, Michael, Jack, John, Kate, Kimberly, Cameron, and Collin, and many nieces and nephews, all of whom adored him.
A memorial service will be held on September 28, 2019 at 11:00 am in the All Seasons Chapel at White Haven Memorial Park located at 210 Marsh Rd. in Pittsford, with a celebration of life following at Perlos Restaurant located at 202 N. Washington St. in East Rochester.
A memorial service will also be held on November 2, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity by the Cove in Naples, FL., with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Avow Hospice, https://avowcares.org/donate-to-avow/.