John T. York

September 25, 1950April 30, 2018

John Thomas (Tommy ) York, age 67, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018, at Florida Hospital New Smyrna Beach.

Tommy was born September 25, 1950, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to John C. York and Virginia Austin York. The family moved to Clermont in 1951 where Tommy attended school through seventh grade then he transferred to Groveland High School where he graduated in 1969. While there he enjoyed playing basketball and actively participated in FFA showing a steer each year at the county fair. He was proud to have won the Reserve Grand Championship and Showmanship awards.

Tommy worked at Walt Disney World in merchandising from the opening and continued for 13 years after which he joined his father in the John C York Jeweler Inc. store in Clermont. After retiring he moved to New Smyrna Beach.

Fishing and hunting were his passions and he loved to tell jokes and funny stories. His humor and wit will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his mother Virginia A. York. Tommy is survived by his father John C. York, New Smyrna Beach; his sister Judy (Dan ) Michele, Clermont; nieces Lisa (Jon) Ward, Riverview, Florida; Amy (Jamie) Thurston, Haymarket, Virginia; and six great nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made through Volusia Memorial Funeral Home in Port Orange, Florida.


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Dotti Haines Whitman

May 7, 2018

I can't believe we were just talking about him so recently! Sorry for your loss, Randy and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Trust me, if there is anyone who can make God belly laugh, it's Tommy! Growing up with both of you has many great memories! Sending all our love and condolences! Love Dotti and Randy

Annie Russell

May 5, 2018

John and family, I was so saddened to hear of "Red's" passing. I always referred to John T. York as "Red". Certainly an appropriate name for him. I met Red through two dear friends, Priscilla Baggett and Sylvia Duer several years ago.
We would stop by to visit Red and John when taking a day trip to New Smyrna Beach. They always welcomed us and the visit was always enjoyable. Will truly miss those visits. Always so difficult to lose friends. My thoughts and prayers with you, John and also Belinda. I haven't met Red's Sister and perhaps I will meet you soon, Judy.
My very best to all of you.
This is for you Red: We will miss you forever and NSB will not be the same without our visits with you and John.
Much love, Annie

Don & Genie Lavery

May 5, 2018

As others have said, Tommy had a great sense of humor, and loved to make people smile! He always had a new joke to tell, and was great at telling them. (If he hadn't joined his dad at the jewelry store, he might have had a career as a stand up comedian!)
He really enjoyed working with his dad, and always seemed to be having fun at the store.
He had the gift of gab, and never met a stranger!
Tommy was a long time friend to Genie and I, and we will miss him greatly.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to John Sr., the entire family, and to their close friend, Belinda.

Don & Genie Lavery

Sparky Caldwell

May 3, 2018

Dear John, I am saddened to hear of Tommy's passing. I remember both you and Tommy fondly from my younger days in Clermont and especially at the Jewelry Store. Tommy always made me laugh. Heck, he made everyone laugh. What a great gift that is. My thoughts and my prayers are with you and you family in your time of grief.


May 3, 2018

Tommy was a good friend with a sense of humor like no other. We will miss the laughter! Growing up with Tommy was a challenge that has many great memories, too many and some not to be shared. So sorry for your loss to the York family.

Doris LeMay (Clark)

May 3, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Tommy. John York Jewelers was my very first job while I was still in highschool. He made the job so much fun with his great sense of humor. I will always cherish the memories. Prayers for peace.