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John Paul Gaydash

May 16, 1949November 21, 2021

JOHN PAUL GAYDASH, age 72, of Rochester, Passed away November 21, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. John was born on May 16, 1949 in Spangler, Pennsylvania, son of the late Paul and Helen (nee Drotor) Gaydash. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving at Fort Riley, Kansas, as well as other bases. On November 7, 1975, John married the love of his life, Nancy Kae Rollason. He earned a Masters of Science Degree from M.I.T. in 1990 and retired in 2008 as an executive with General Motors following 42 years of service to the company. He is survived by his dear wife Nancy, children Jeffrey Gaydash and Jenna (Ryan) Arnold, grandchildren Tyson Arnold, Avery Gaydash, Jack Arnold, Addie Gaydash and Ellie Gaydash. In honor of John’s wishes, public services will not be held at this time. Memorials in John’s memory may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind.


  • Paul & Helen (Drotor) Gaydash, Parents (deceased)
  • Nancy (Rollason) Gaydash, Wife
  • Jeffrey Gaydash, Son
  • Jenna Arnold (Ryan), Daughter
  • Tyson Arnold, Grandchild
  • Avery Gaydash, Grandchild
  • Jack Arnold, Grandchild
  • Addie Gaydash, Grandchild
  • Ellie Gaydash, Grandchild


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Fred Devendorf

December 2, 2021

We have lost a wonderful man with the passing of John Gaydash. John was a valued employee and a great contributor to General Motors and a joy to work with. He knew how to make the right decisions, better the company and support his fellow workers.

While he did great things for GM, his true love was his family. You are blessed to have had him thou he was taken way too soon. May the love he had for you assist in remembering the good times you have experienced and the knowledge you all were loved.

John Gaydash was a wonderful man who I consider a true friend.
I will miss him but know that he is in a better place.

Fred Devendorf

David Kanous

December 1, 2021

John was a great friend and mentor to many, including myself. I have many fond memories of our work together at GM Fleet. John was always kind, always willing to help, and always had a solution to whatever problem faced us. John helped so many on the team learn and grow. He will surely be missed.

Our prayers for Nancy and the entire Gaydash Family.

Dave and Mary Kanous

Michael Jones

December 1, 2021

They come no better than John. I had the pleasure and honor to work with him. He was the most level and supportive leader I have ever known. He had so much respect throughout the GM organization. I'm a better person for having known him. My sincere condolences to the family.

Steve Bartolone

November 29, 2021

My heart is aching at the loss of my friend. John was a great boss who took me under his wing and helped me, trained me, and befriended me. I am a better person because of him. Knowing the man that he was, I am convinced that he is with our Father now.

My deepest sympathies to Nancy, Jeff, Jenna and all his extended family.

Dave Hansen

November 29, 2021

We have lost a great person whom I had the good fortune to work with at GM for several years. John was an inspirational leader who always seemed to wear that wonderful smile. He played a key role in turning around the GM Fleet performance in the late 1990's - only one of his many accomplishments. We seemed to travel the world together on business and John developed great relationships with business partners. John was part of the solution and people loved to be on his team.

Nancy and family: Please accept my deepest sympathy. I am very thankful to have know such a great guy.

Jozwick Steve

November 28, 2021

Best boss I ever worked for at GM. Even better person and friend. You will be sorely missed. RIP my friend.

Jeff Hurlbert

November 27, 2021

John was a great friend and co-worker for many of us at Chevrolet. His professionalism and easy demeanor made him a pleasure to work with. In his retirement, John was a member of our Stress Free Golf League and provided great friendship and fun to all. It is with deep sadness that we send our most sincere condolences to the family of this wonderful man. May John rest in peace!!

Deepest sympathy,

Jeff Hurlbert