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In loving memory of
John Michael Sweeney
  • December 07, 1939
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  • November 28, 2021

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John Michael Sweeney, 81 years old, of The Villages, FL, passed away on November 28, 2021.  John (Mike as he was known to old friends and family), died suddenly with his wife by his side.  He is survived by his loving and devoted spouse, Dianne, his sisters Ann Cleary and Julia Smith, and many cousins, nieces and nephews and their families.  He is predeceased by his father, John E Sweeney, mother, Rita (Smith) Sweeney, and his sisters Rita (Sweeney) Hudiak and Patricia Sweeney.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, John attended West Chester State Teachers College (now Westchester University) where he received a BA in Education.  He later received a MA degree in Educational Administration from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University).  He began his 36-year career in education teaching English to adults and vocational students.  John transitioned to vocational administration and served as a Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and then as an Assistant Principal.   During this time, he coached track and mentored vocational students for college and technical careers.  Interested in the lives and futures of his staff members, John was always on hand with career and retirement advice.

Retiring early, John and Dianne moved to New Hampshire.  He was a volunteer tour guide at a grand hotel and served as a member of the local planning board and as a Board member of the community property owners association.    He enjoyed hiking, golf, winters in Hawaii, and travel to many locations in Great Britain and Europe.  Several years ago, John and Dianne moved to the Villages and continued living a happy retirement.

A man of great kindness and deep thinking, John graced the world with his optimism, concern for others, and most important his wonderful smile.

A mass is scheduled for John on January 15, 2022 at St. Vincent DePaul Church in Wildwood, FL.

 

Shed no tears

  for I need them not.

All I need is your smile.

When you live in the

hearts of those you love,

  remember then…..

    you never die.

  • Rabindranath Tagore

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  1. Katherine Melgarejo lit a candle:
    01 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 1, 2022 at 1:19:06 AM

  2. JULIA SMITH lit a candle:
    30 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 30, 2021 at 12:35:40 PM

  3. Karen DiGiacobbe says:
    28 Dec 2021
    John will be missed. His positivity was infectious and I don't think I will ever hear the phrase "Good morning, Breakfast Clubbers" without remembering him fondly and seeing his bright smile. In the years we worked together, and beyond, he was a constant force in encouraging me to continue my education ~ for which I will be forever grateful. My sincere condolences to you, Dianne. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in that time may ease your pain and bring a peaceful smile with each and every memory you hold dear to your heart.

  4. chuck and dorothy godgluck lit a candle:
    26 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 26, 2021 at 12:21:21 PM

  5. Veronica (Ronnie) Piotrowski says:
    25 Dec 2021
    A flood of memories have invaded my recall since I heard about John’s death. Our Florida reunion days, and all the Jersey shore get- togethers are suddenly revisited in retrospection ... such lovely flashbacks that conjure easy smiles. I know first- hand how heavy your cross is now. Words are so inadequate to express my sorrow. Sending you a gentle hug to let you know you are in my heart today.

  6. Linda Williams says:
    22 Dec 2021
    We will greatly miss John. He was such a great friend and always would be the first person to help people. We have so many great memories of all the things we have done together. Now he is an angel and can be looking down on us. Love Linda and Russ

  7. Grady and Nancy Wade says:
    22 Dec 2021
    We will miss John's smile and humour at our Friday afternoon golf outings. Our thoughts are with Dianne, family and friends at this difficult time.

  8. Laurie and Paul Renaud lit a candle:
    22 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 22, 2021 at 12:22:13 AM

  9. Patty Massell says:
    21 Dec 2021
    Very saddened by the news of John’s passing. Remembering him
    fondly particularly his investment advice which allowed me to retire early….Rest in Peace John….

  10. Mary Holben says:
    21 Dec 2021
    My sincere condolences to John’s family and friends. John was a great guy. He was my supervisor when I started teaching at Camden County Technical School in 1976. He was caring and encouraging and his guidance made me a better teacher. I’m happy to hear he enjoyed his life and retirement to the fullest. May he Rest In Peace.

  11. Kathleen Kelley lit a candle:
    21 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 21, 2021 at 12:46:49 PM

  12. Robert Spielberger says:
    21 Dec 2021
    John was a true gentleman and scholar. I will treasure the time I was able to share a "fox hole"/office with him. He had a positive attitude about life that rubbed off on those around him.I watched him daily spend his time after school counseling and tutoring students,encouraging them to aspire to lofty goals he convinced them were well within their reach. My thoughts reach out to Diane whogrew upa few blocks from me in Runnemede. They were a well balanced pair.

  13. Shelly Blackstone CCTS says:
    21 Dec 2021
    To the family of my dear friend and colleague John aka Michael Sweeney, it saddens me to have learned of John's passing so shortly after the loss of his mother in-law my friend and colleague Millie. While in total shock, this is a sure sign of we must live life to the fullest because tomorrow isn't promised. John did just that, he retired and lived life to the fullest, I always admired his courage, his love he had for others and his caring spirit about investments in your own future. He lived with a grateful heart, that will be my fondest memory of him especially after the retirement party Karen, Anita and I put together he always made mention of how he would be forever grateful to us for his special day. God has clipped the wings for a really special Angel who now sits high and looks low and will watch over us at all times. Rest easy my friend, you will be surely missed in this Earthly place but God knows He needed you more.

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