John A. Vendetti, Jr.

John VendettiIt is with a heavy heart that we must say farewell to our dear friend, John A. Vendetti Jr., who passed away on the evening of Thursday September 4, 2014 at Danbury Hospital after a quick battle with cancer. 

  John, age 59, a lifetime resident of Danbury, was born on February 25, 1955 to John & Katherine (Petroff) Vendetti. He attended St. Peter School and Danbury High School, graduating in 1973.  John continued his education at Sacred Heart University and graduated from Western Connecticut State University. Upon graduation, John, who loved to work with his hands, became a  co-owner of Economy Sign Company with Louis Pascuzzi Sr., of Danbury, in 1980.  Together they spent the last 34 years designing and fabricating beautiful signage and vehicle graphics for businesses all over the Danbury area.

  A master fabricator and inventor, John could fix and build anything, from restoring vintage race cars and motorcycles to modern electronics. He had a love for fast boats and was affectionately known as  "Jet Boat Johnny" on Candlewood Lake, where he could be seen taking off from his water front property in Danbury during the days when the lake lacked a speed limit.  When winter rolled along, his nautical affairs were not paused as he took to the ice with his hand made iceboats. He was a founding member of the Western Connecticut Ice Yacht & Social Club on Bantam Lake. The highlight of his ice sailing career was winning a medal in the Gold Fleet of The World DN Ice Sailing championships on Lake Winnipesaukee in 1998, in a boat that he built himself.  While John was talented as a sailor, he also was an extremely dedicated and passionate fan of sports car racing, spending many weekends camping with friends at Lime Rock Park and Watkins Glen, where he was in his most natural state discussing and working on race cars. 

 He is survived by a large group of close friends who were by his side during his battle, including his best friend and business partner. Louis Pascuzzi Sr., his Godson, Louis Pascuzzi Jr., and his unofficial niece, Emma Pascuzzi. A special thanks to Kim Winter, Karen Schmidt and Emil DeGrazia who stayed by his bedside and made sure he never woke up alone in the hospital.

 We would also like to thank all the nurses and staff on 11 Tower East at Danbury Hospital for their heartfelt compassion and exceptional care they gave John during his stay there.
Graveside Funeral Services and Burial will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 9:30 am in St. Peter Cemetery, Section XX, Danbury with the Rev. Gregg D. Mecca officiating.

There will be no calling hours.

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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