John J. Pierini

John J. Pierini

May 15, 1943 - March 11, 2005

John J. Pierini

May 15, 1943 - March 11, 2005


John Jerome Pierini, age 61, retired New York City Transit Authority Supervisor, passed on Friday, March 11, 2005, following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born May 15, 1943, in Brooklyn, New York to the late Salvatore and Sadie Pierini natives of Italy. John served as a Heating Specialist in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1962. John lived and worked in New Your for 60 years. He held the title of Authority ofr 31 years. A lifetime New Yorker, recently retired to Lake Forest, California in April 2004 with his loving and courageous wife Jeannette E. Pierini.
John played a major role in the search and rescue efforts following the September 11th terrorist attacks. His hard work and spirited dedicated efforts to the victims and their families did not go unrecognized. John was awarded a letter of appreciation and a certificate for his gallant efforts from the city of New York and former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. He was a member of the Counter Terrorism Team of the NYCTA Post 9/11 until his retirement. He received a tribute from the New York City Police Department on 10/08/02. They acknowledged his hard work and efforts, ?In making New York a safer place?.
At his retirement party his superiors and co=workers presented him with a plaque that read: John Pierini Maintenance Supervisor, February 1973 ? March 2004?.
?We, at NYCT, would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your 31 years of exemplary service. Throughout your career, you performed your duties at a level attained by few. Your leadership and caring attitude toward your men were the reasons you stood out among your peers?.
John was an active member of the Simpson United Methodist Church, Amityville, New Your . After moving to California he became a member of the Calvary Chapel Rancho Santa MargaritaCCRSM and was actively involved in the CCRSM Sound Board and worship Ministry. John was an avid kite flyer and made it known that it was one thing that made him feel close to God.
John is survived by his wife, Jeannette; his daughters Linda La Fleur and Michelle Antonelli; sons John S. Pierini; Michael Pierini; Robert Schavel; Matthew Schavel and his wife Kimberly Schavel; Timothy Schavel and his wife Jennifer Schavel; and seven wonderful loving grandchildren. He is further survived by his loving mother-in-law, Florence Seymour, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. In addition to his parents, two loving sisters, Lucy Egan and Jean Torchio preceded him in death.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 14, 2005 ? 7:00PM at Calvary Chapel Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Relativeds and friends are welcome to join in an early summer service on Long Island, New York. At this service we will be laying John’s ashes in the Great South Bay

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17 responses to John J. Pierini

  1. Dear Jeanette & Family
    My cousin John will missed. We grew up together as children in the streets of Brooklyn. They were wonderful memories like going to my grandmothers on Sunday and John and all my cousins used to play together.Those were wonderful years all the families were very close and spent most holidays together. I miss those times, but I will always have the memories. I will miss him dearly.

  2. Dear Jeannette and family
    Bill and I were so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. We know how much he loved all of you. You must be very commforted in knowing that he is no long in any pain and is with our lord. We wish we could be there with you,but as always you are all in our thoughts and prayers. With all our love Bill and Phyllis

  3. I met John when he came to the wedding of my daughter Jennifer when she married Tim Schavel in 2003. He was a guest in my home with his wife Jeanette, and they were the nicest people I had ever met in my entire life!! They were guest at my home and I think he even learned to like GRITS!!! He also fixed a wonderful breakfast for us. He was always happy and very humorous. It was like we had been friends all our lives!! When I saw him again here is S. C. when they came to visit the grandson Jennifer gave us, he was in pain but still smiled and engaged in good conversation and we had good times together again!! I will miss him and I was truly proud to know him!! I will continue to pray for all his family and love ones he left behind. I lookd forward to seeing him again one day–and time goes so fast!!!!

  4. Shawn Egan says:

    Dear Uncle John,

    I will always remember the fun times we had when I was growing up, playing cards and family gatherings. The many times you would help me fix something or help us out with projects around our mother and father’s house. The first time I shaved. I will especially remember the time you watched my back. You will always have a special place in my heart. I will miss you.

    Love your nephew and Godson, Shawn

  5. Tim Schavel says:

    To my loving and wonderful father we will miss you. You are in our hearts forever. A true “Diamond in the Rough.”
    Love Tim, Jenn, Savannah, Rebeccah and Jakob Giovanni.

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