John R. Sciocchetti- 4/9/2020

April 13th, 2020

John passed away peacefully on April 9th, 2020 at the Wilmington VA Medical Center in Wilmington, DE due to complications from a sudden illness at the age of 70 years.

It is a rare gift to know a man like John, who so selflessly gave of himself to so many. He was a kind soul who possessed a big heart. He worked hard and he loved life.

Born and raised in Marcus Hook PA as the second son to Anthony J. Sciocchetti and Elizabeth “Betty” Irey, John was a lifelong resident until recently moving to Bellefonte DE.

John graduated from Chichester High School in 1968 where he played baseball and was a member of the Concert Choir and Band. He then went on to receive an Associates Degree from Goldey-Beacom College in Business Management.

After college, John served in the US Marine Corp and played trumpet in the Parris Island Marine Band where he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant (E-5).

He worked as a chemical operator for Witco Corporation in Trainer, PA for 22 years and then Inolex Chemical in Philadelphia and Milliken Design Inc. in Aston before going into semi-retirement and working part time at Heubers Launch in Marcus Hook sailing the waters of the Delaware River like blackbeard the pirate as a deck hand.

He has since been enjoying the freedom of retired life, his daily walks to his favorite place-Bellevue Park and spending time with family and friends. He was a proud veteran and avid history buff.

As a father, John was the most dedicated, patient, giving, loving and fun dad anyone could ever wish for and he made childhood magical for his daughters (and honorary daughters) who will be eternally grateful for the privilege of calling him Dad. As a grandfather he was equally loving and extra patient as he was always able to look at the world through the eyes of a child and made each one of his grandchildren feel special.

John had a great appreciation for the simple things in life, the things that truly matter. The beauty in nature, the sound of the ocean, a backyard barbecue, watching an Eagles or Phillies game, fireworks on the 4th, good music, a hearty laugh and above all family and friends. He was a beloved member of the community as he made friends and connected with people wherever he went. He truly cared for others and made them feel that they mattered, always offering a comforting word and a helping hand.  He knew that people were most important in life over any material possessions and passed those values down to his daughters and grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his father Anthony, his mother Betty and his brother Mark. He is survived by his daughters: Sheila (Dan) and Laurie (Chris) that he shares with his former spouse and friend Linda Marroni (Sullenberger) along with the extended Marroni/Sullenberger family , his grandchildren: Ava, Jace, Danny and Oliver, his 3 nieces and nephew, cousins and their spouses and his lifelong friends that he considered brothers.

All those that loved John will keep him close in their minds and hearts.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a date to be determined where all that love him can gather and share their wonderful memories of John.

Memorial donations in John’s memory can be made to the Arbor Day Foundation or the Delaware State Parks Memorial Tree Program.



27 thoughts on “John R. Sciocchetti- 4/9/2020

  • By Laura Hyatt on

    Sheila and Laurie: u probably don’t remember me but your dad and I knew each other in the mid seventies. You two were some of the most beautiful and loved girls and your dad was committed to you both. I have often wondered about your dad and his family and friends over the years. Please know I do ask God to comfort you both and guide your lives on His path. Love and Blessings from Louisiana.

    • By Laurie Sciocchetti on

      Hi my Dad went out with a Laurie and we called her big Laurie . Is that you? I was very young

      • By Laura hyatt on

        Laurie! Yes, that was me… Big Laurie!!! To keep me different than YOU!!! Haha! U got it! Hope u and Sheila r doing good. Y’all remain in my prayers. Laura H

        • By Laurie on

          Yes. We remember you very well your name has come up throughout the years. Always good memories. Hope your doing well . Thank you for feeding back to me .. take care ❤️

          • By Laurie on

            ^Getting back to me

    • By Laura hyatt on

      Laurie! Yes, that was me… Big Laurie!!! To keep me different than YOU!!! Haha! U got it! Hope u and Sheila r doing good. Y’all remain in my prayers. Laura H

  • By Christopher schultz on

    John I was truly honored to get to know you from the first day I met you you made me feel like family and I’m truly blessed to be apart of it . The love you have for your family putting them first above everything is inspirational absolutely loved by everyone that was blessed to meet you . your legacy lives on through your daughters and family . love you John you will always be greatly Miss I will be always close to my heart.

  • By Sister Marie Cacciatore on

    Sheila and Laurie,
    Your dad sounds like such a wonderful father…such an honorable man, a man I would have liked t0 have known.
    i’m so sorry for your Loss.
    May our loving God give your Dad peaceful rest and may you be comforted by your happy memories.
    Jen’s Aunt, Sister Marie

  • By Beth Mys on

    Sheila and Laurie,
    My deepest condolences to you. Your father was a kind and loving man and adored both of you so much. His smile was so bright when seeing his grandchildren. God bless.

  • By John Larkin on

    Even though our path in life crossed for such a short time, I will always have good memories. Being part of a group of guys who drove Ford Falcons to high school, working at Mark’s Department store, going to Vesuvio’s and the many laughs we had together. I can say John was truly a “man among men” as we used to say. You will always be remembered and your family should be proud of you.

  • By Michelle Flowers on

    Sheila, Laurie and family, So sorry. We send our thoughts and prayers and {hugs}.

    Love, Michelle, Scooter, Stephanie and Tiffany Flowers, and Mary Murray.

  • By Jen's aunt, Sister Marie on

    Sheila and Laurie, I’m so sorry for your loss,
    I’d never met your Dad but he certainly sounds like someone that I would have liked to know.
    May God grant him peaceful rest and may you be comforted by your wonderful memories.

  • By Patti&bill Ruditys on

    I am so sorry to hear of your Dads passing .I went to school with your Dad he was a good friend.Please accept my deepest sympathy .

  • By Dan Coale on

    Rip John …your were always good to me and i enjoyed our talks when we say each other…say hi to my dad for me …rest easy friend

  • By Joanne Minchini on

    Sheila, Laurie and children,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. A dear father is so hard to lose. He was too young to die. What a great guy he was. I didn’t know he was in a band and could sing. I always thought he had a good speaking voice. I would have loved to hear him sing. I will miss his smiling face at family gatherings. May he RIP. May God help you get through this. However, he will be in your thoughts forever. My dad’s last words to me were, don’t worry, we will see each other again. Jesus promised us this. If we believe in Him, we will have eternal life.
    Love, Joanne

  • By Colleen Streeper on

    Sheila and Laurie, I have fond memories of your father. He was such a warm and loving man. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. My prayers and condolences to you both. <3

  • By Kimberly Wade on

    I have such fond memories of your Dad and mine telling stories together. They always made me laugh. I got to see him a few times over the years and he never failed to make me smile. Much love to you and your family.

  • By Danielle Sciocchetti on

    Sheila & family – my heart hurts and goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers, and with each passing day, I wish you the strength to get through this and may it get easier to remember happier times. All of my love,

    • By Laurie on

      Thank you Danny ❤️

  • By Brigette V Fuscia on

    Sheila, Laurie & extended family – I am so very sorry. What a beautiful tribute to an incredible man. All my love, Brigette & Family

  • By James and Johnna on

    The sadness of these days will be the happiness of tomorrow’s memories. We are all looking forward to the day we can rejoice John and the life he lived.

  • By Sallie Banks on

    So sorry for the loss of your father. He was a great and wonderful man.

  • By Lawrence McGuire on

    John will be missed every word read about him is so true a good friend and classmate of 1968

    • By Laurie on

      I’m so heartbroken and still cannot believe that your really gone. I love you so very much and will cherish your memory forever
      In everything I do your here in my heart
      Until we see each other again, RIP eternally.

    • By Laurie on

      I’m so heartbroken and still cannot believe that your really gone. I love you so very much and will cherish your memory forever
      In everything I do your here in my heart
      Until we see each other again, RIP eternally.

  • By Alana kappauf on

    My heart is heavy. This seems unreal. But I do believe that you are watching over us all especially your daughters, my sisters Sheila and Laurie ❤️ Love you forever, John.

  • By Jean on

    So Sad to hear. You will be missed.

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