August 21, 1946 – April 3, 2021
John Velilla was born on August 21, 1946 to Maria Elisa Rivera and Juan Velilla Carrasquillo in Brooklyn, New York. He passed away peacefully on April 3, 2021.
John graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York, New York. After high school, John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served two tours in Vietnam as a crypto logic linguist and crypto analyst. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1971.
He worked as a Technician for Xerox for 14 years. After moving to Florida in 1985, John joined the US Postal Service, where he worked for 27 years at the Tampa Airport location. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and baseball card collector. He loved movies and music.
John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anna; daughters, Melissa McDowell of Shirley, New York, Dr. Delvida Long of Warner Robins, Georgia, and Kendra Velilla of Atlanta, Georgia; son, John-David Velilla of Tucson, Arizona; sister, Elizabeth Velilla of Hollywood, Florida; grandchildren, CPT Devin Long US Army, Daniel McDowell of Shirley, New York, LT Jadon Long US Army, Joshua McDowell of Shirley, New York, Brennan Long of Warner Robins, Georgia, and Taryn Long of Warner Robins, Georgia.
Please join us for a memorial service: Friday, April 30, 2021 1:00 pm Florida National Cemetery 6502 S.W. 102nd Avenue Bushnell, FL 33513
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America: Donate to VVA | Vietnam Veterans of America
Graveside w/Military Honors
Friday, April 30, 2021
April 17, 2021
My prayers for the family. He's resting in peace. Always had a great sense of humor. Made me feel like family when I visited. No more suffering. Say hi to my family Johnny!
April 15, 2021
I have not seen John in many many years. But as we all know he is utterly unforgettable. His laugh was infectious and his smile shined a light in even the gloomiest places in that dungeon of a post office. I’ll miss him greatly. May he rest in peace. He was and always will be a good man. Gods speed to his family. Much love.
April 15, 2021
I was so heart broken when Johnny passed away, but part of me was calm to know he did it peacefully and that he joined his mom, and family; and may be he gets to meet my dad wherever they are.
Johnny was always soooo good to me, it was always a joy to see him and make jokes with him about everything!
I’ll miss cooking bacon and spam for you Johnny. Thanks for playing Mexican music for me and for received me with so much love every time I visited you. Don’t forget to keep dancing how I taught you (even if you don’t want to move your legs, you can still shake your upper body haha). Now you are in a better place then all of us, we’ll miss you.
I’ll always remember you as my funny, lovely suegro💙 Rest in peace.
Love, your princess Michelle.