John Mears

January 19, 1945January 17, 2014
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John Mears, 68, died peacefully Friday morning, January 17th, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born January 19, 1945, to the late Irene E. and O. Glenn Mears, Sr., John was a 1963 graduate of Glenwood High School and went on to Ohio University where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Business Administration. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Mary Laughery, John worked at Ohio Bell for three years. He then joined his father and brother, Glenn,Jr, in the family business, Park Honda and Marine on Rt. 62. Over the years the business grew to become Park Auto Group on Arlington Road in Akron.

John viewed all of life as an adventure, always seeing hard work as its own reward. This same commitment to his work informed his everyday life as well. He was an extraordinary athlete, completing both the Iron Man Race in Kona, Hawaii, in 1997, and a World Champion Olympic Distance Triathlon race in Switzerland. He also spent a winter in Alaska, training for the Iditarod Race. Over the years he participated in countless races and triathlons. In 2000, John was part of a six-person relay team that successfully swam the English Channel from England to France. As an enthusiastic aviator, he loved flying his private plane. On the ground John was also an artist who took painting classes from Bette Elliot for many years. Throughout his life, both in business and in retirement, John sought to help where there was a need, always shunning recognition.

Most of all, John loved and revered his family and friends. He leaves behind his sister Myrna (and Tony) Pastore, his brother, Glenn,Jr.( andPeggy) Mears, sons Jake and Curtis (Kristine), grandchildren, Riley and Annie, his former wife, Mary, and his special companion, Rebecca Calkins, who loved and cared for him throughout his illness.

The family will welcome all to a remembrance and a celebration of John’s life on Saturday, January 25th at 4:00 pm. at The Eagles Club, 6979 Sunset Strip N.W. in North Canton. Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to Merging Hearts, 3751 Burrshire Drive N.W., Canton 44709, or to a charity of your choice. The Karlo-Libby Funeral Home (330-494-9644) is in charge of arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 25, 2014

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January 28, 2014

Glenn & Family, Don & I was so sorry to hear about the passing of John. It has been many years since we have been in touch with you and your family but we have many, many fond memories of the times our paths crossed through Park Honda Marine and Don's Marine. We spend our winters in Arizona now but keep in touch through family and friends. Our prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Don and Mary Lou Wilton

Tom & Nancy Fierbaugh

January 28, 2014

We were deeply saddened to learn of John's untimely death. We appreciate all he did for our family throughout our association with the Park Honda group. We send our sincere sympathy to all of his family.

Mike Humbert

January 27, 2014

The Mears Family,
Very sorry to hear of John's passing. My deepest sympathy.

Marc & Deborah Greenwood

January 27, 2014

To Mr. Glenn Mears & Family, We offer our most heartfelt condolonces to you during this difficult time, our prayers & thoughts are with each of you. Mr. Glenn Mears we are the couple who bought the lot from you in Merriman Woods. May God Bless You

Gay Smith

January 25, 2014

Our Meyers Lake friend, may you swim to happiness !
Gay Smith and Marc Warner

Amelia Rezende Smith

January 25, 2014

Glenn and family, we are sorry to hear of your loss. Please know we are praying and sending you and yours good thoughts during this tough time.

January 25, 2014

I'm so very sorry for your loss. John was always so kind and was a blessing to those around him. I'll never forget how he insisted on flying Ron and I to New York to see Chrisha while she was in the brain injury rehab facility. He was so supportive to us during that time and we appreciated him so much. God Bless you all and find peace in knowing that he is reunited with Pop and Irene. Waliah Poto

Barbara Jachim

January 24, 2014

May you find comfort in knowing that a life well lived will continue to shine and bring you comforting memories.

Jerry & Rosemary Kruczynski

January 24, 2014

Our sincerest condolonces to all of Johns family and friends. John was a very giving person. We will all miss his passion for life.

January 23, 2014

We have wonderful memories of John as a member, swim team parent, athlete, volunteer, board member and friend of the Louisville Y all those years ago. He was an amazing person. My prayers are with you all. Pat (Phillips)Richardson