John A Faraguna

Born: Wed., Dec. 7, 1938
Died: Thu., May 28, 2020

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Kathleen Bentley
   Posted Tue June 02, 2020
I met John and his beloved wife Marie when I first started as Director at PCLC. They were looking to volunteer and had experience in tutoring. Needless to say, ours was a match made in heaven. John and Marie helped countless individuals, particularly ESL students, but also those who needed help with GED® math. John was a brilliant math tutor, a gift to an agency like ours. His last tutoring duties were conducted with a group of Chinese workers from the local restaurant in Newport. They met often and it was a pleasure to hear the laughter and joy that went on in that classroom.
John eventually retired from tutoring but continued to come to PCLC almost every day to join us at lunchtime, sharing his wonderful sense of humor and words of wisdom. He was a lifelong learner and avid reader who honed an impressive set of computer skills over time. John also donated his time and talent to the UWCR Money in Your Pocket program, providing free Federal Income Tax preparation for eligible Perry County residents.
John and Marie lived lives of service to others. They searched for ways to help those in need. Now and then, as they drove by the Perry County Prison, there would be a man who was released walking along the side of the road with his belongings in hand. They would stop and offer a ride to this stranger.
We are fortunate to have a lasting reminder of John and Marie in the mural that Marie painted at our center. Her photo is on display next to the mural. We will add a tribute to John in that space. While I grieve the loss of our dear volunteer and friend, I find comfort in knowing that John has yearned to be with the love of his life, Marie, in heaven. God bless…

   Posted Thu June 04, 2020
To begin to really understand the true nature of light, I wonder sometimes if we need to see it through the prism of a multifaceted gem. That is how I would describe John, a gem. He was full of the light of life, and if you paid attention, he showed you the beauty and joy of it, in all its colors.

The light that John cast on those around him was never glaring or obtrusive; each day he visited, you could look forward to seeing a different color through another undiscovered facet. His view of life was richly pigmented with humor. It twinkled, beckoned engagement, and pulled at your curiosity; it could be elusive and could move by you in a flash. And, it always, always lent a lightness of spirit that could help you through the day.

To John’s family: I am so sorry for your loss of this precious man. I hope that in your time of grief that these thoughts bring you some measure of comfort.

And John, my message to you is this: Thank you for sharing some of the vast knowledge that you have acquired, for your kindness and encouragement, for the joy and the laughter, and for the precious time you have given me. May your continued journey with God bring abundantly to you the joy you have given to others. I will miss you, my friend.


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