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Family Funeral Care

2904 Orchard Lake Road, Keego Harbor, MI

OBITUARY

Shawn Andrew St. John

October 17, 1979March 10, 2020
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Shawn Andrew St. John, age 40, of Pontiac, died March 10, 2020. Shawn was born on October 17, 1979 in Garden City, Michigan. He is survived by his mother Ann (Tim) Picha-Lillard; sisters Belinda (Shawn) Saari and Kim Welch; brothers Mike (Andrea) St. John and Nathan Lillard. Shawn is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Shawn Saari, Jr., Ashley Saari, William Welch, Jason Welch, Daniel Welch, Jesse Welch, Amber Welch, Brayden St. John, a great niece, Jordan Saari , and his dog and “child” Bailey Marie St. John. Shawn attended Southfield High School and worked as a waiter in many local restaurants. He was most recently employed as an Assistant Manager at Dollar Tree. He enjoyed the Detroit Tigers, Fishing, Playing Cards and Bingo. An avid TV fan, his favorite shows were the Golden Girls and Friends. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, March 12, 2020, 1 p.m. at Family Funeral Care, 2904 Orchard Lake Road, Keego Harbor. Interment at Milford Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 10 a.m. until the start of the service.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Charlie Vanbrimer

March 12, 2020

It would be impossible to include only one memory of Shawn, as he touched my life in so many ways..........so I will talk about what he left with me. I protect and defend my loved ones so fiercely, because of him. I stand up for myself, because of him. I treat the people I love better than myself, because of him. We may have ended up on different paths, but I am the person I love to be, because I loved him, and because of the love he showed me. I wouldn't give back my years with him for anything......I will miss him to my core

Sonya and Sarah Gassaway

March 12, 2020

We will always love and remember Shawn, he was crazy about my Mother and he called her Mama, especially when she would see him at bingo. My deepest condolences and prayers goes out to the family. Shawn had a heart of gold and was truly loved by our family. Rest peacefully my brother we’ll see you on the other side. God be with you all.

Sincerely yours
The Gassaway’s

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Biography

      When Shawn Andrew St. John walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Shawn was and how he impacted those around him. Shawn was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Shawn wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Shawn was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Shawn was born on October 17, 1979 at Garden City Hospital in Garden City Michigan. He was the son of Ann Picha-Lillard. Shawn was raised in Southfield Michigan. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Shawn might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Shawn was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

      Shawn was raised with 4. He had 2 older sisters, Belinda and Kim, an older brother, Mike and a younger brother, Nathan. Shawn was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Shawn was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Shawn well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

      As a young boy, Shawn was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Shawn was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Shawn took part in hockey and basketball for a little bit. He was a boy scout. Shawn's memorable achievements included. Shawn had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

      During his high school years, Shawn responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He went to Southfield High School but he didn't graduate. Shawn was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. Shawn absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using his imagination to master his assignments. For Shawn, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Shawn a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Shawn was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Shawn was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were John Mundy,. Later in life, he became friends with Carmen, Jenny, Niki, Meagan,.

      Shawn was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was working at Dollar Tree as an Assistant Manager. He was employed for different restaurants most of his working career. Shawn was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Shawn had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Shawn's fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Shawn loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were helping other people. Shawn had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, Shawn's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Shawn derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Shawn was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Basketball.

      Shawn's love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit his personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Shawn took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Florida.

      Shawn was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Bailey his dog, was a best friend for 13 years.

     Shawn handled it the way he usually did. He adapted and, like everything in his life, made it satisfying. Because he was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Shawn to master. Shawn continued to stay in touch with his old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Shawn St. John passed away on March 10, 2020 in his apartment. Shawn was fighting demons and over dosed. He is survived by his brothers Mike and Nate and sisters Belinda and Kim. Services were held at Dignity Memorial in Keego Harber. Shawn was laid to rest in Milford Memorial Cemetery.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Shawn. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Shawn St. John for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Shawn was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.