OBITUARY

John Mario Risso

February 14, 1968March 24, 2020
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On February 14, 1968, everyone here and many more lives were changed forever. John Mario Risso was born to Joyce and John. John would always say he was born on Valentine's Day because he was a lover. In his childhood, John was the first born, a quiet, calm baby. Little did we all know, it was the quiet before the rock concert that was his life. He was an amazing big brother, first to his twin siblings, Mark and Noelle. He was a protector to them and them to him. A few years later, he became a big brother again to his baby brother, Steve, who loved ones also called Butch. He taught them all the ways of mischief. He was responsible and loving to all three of them. The influence he had on each of them has been carried with them through today. John loved playing baseball and also playing football on Sunday with his brothers and his sister would always out there try to get in the game. He love his mom’s pasta, she made the best Lasagna, his favorite meal. He was a lover of all genres of music, attending concerts, especially Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses. He loved his friends and cousins, and spending time with his family. He loved to party with a local band, the Bleeding Hearts, and grew a lifelong friendship with Earl, the lead singer. As a young adult, he had a multitude of skills including working on cars, which led to a passion for classic cars, the faster the better, including his first car, a Trans-Am. He enjoyed car shows and festivals. John also had amazing cooking skills which led to him working at his favorite job, Crabby Bill's. He worked there for most of his life, where he made lifetime friends. He became a father with his firstborn, Brandon, who has the John Risso smirk. Later in life he met the love of his lifetime, his wife Becky, and had a baby girl, Samantha, who is the spitting image of her father, and became a father to Katelyn and Christian, who he always considered his own. He was sentimental man, and planned his proposal to Becky when all of their families could be present on Christmas Day. Their wedding was beautiful, filled with all their loved ones and close friends. John and Becky's honeymoon was a trip to Las Vegas, spent with his brother Steve and wife Kristen. He won $1,700 in the first few hours. He loved to gamble, regular trips to the Dog Track (just like Poppy), and the Hard Rock in Tampa, Las Vegas and cruises were his favorite places. He visited California to see his friend Erik and his son, Dylan. John enjoyed swimming, barbecuing and going fishing. John enjoyed trips to Orlando with his wife, children. His favorite things were visiting Old Towne, seeing the car shows, and of course the comfy hotel beds. He always made time for family, including visits to his mother and step dad's (Steven) home, and his brother Mark's for holidays and barbecues. He visited his mother-in-law Jan almost every day. Anytime his sister Noelle would receive rooms at the Hard Rock, she always offered them to John. John and Steve would always take turns visiting each week and going out to eat or to the track. Anytime a loved one needed help, he was there, doing what he could. Unfortunately, John was never able to meet his newest nephew, Noah John Risso, who was given his namesake in representation of the strength and perseverance John had every day of his life until his last day. John Risso was the kind of man that if you met him, he was engraved in your mind forever. He had an impact on every single person he came across. The experiences he had could be made into one of the best films of all time. He is gone, but he has been reunited with some of the people he had missed so much in life including Nannie and Poppy; his best friend Adam; Grandma Emma; Becky's dad, Woody; her grandmother, Barb; his precious dog Sebastian lovingly known as Boo; and all the loved ones in Heaven. John Mario Risso is a guardian angel to all that he is survived by, his amazing wife Rebecca; his mother Joyce, his father John, his stepfather Steven and mother-in-law Jan. His children, Brandon, 20, Samantha, 14, Christian, 21, and Katelyn, 19. His brother Mark, wife Ramona and daughter Lydia and son Kevin, His sister Noelle, husband Rob, daughters Chas, Ashley, Alyssa and son Austin. His brother Steve, wife Kristen, son Tyler, Noah, and daughter Bailey. His sister-in-law Jenn, husband Jamey, and son Tyler. His Aunt Mary and all his nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends, and his spoiled dog, Miley.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at later date.

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Linda Smith

March 29, 2020

I know you were Adam's best friend. I will miss both of you for the rest of my life. I loved both of you so very much. Just so you remember, I am Adam's Aunt Linda. I adored both of you. I pray now that you two will be together again. Love both of you so very much. Bless your hearts. Love, Aunt Linda

Betsy Anderson

March 29, 2020

I have many memories of John. Aside from being my brother in law for 20yrs (give or take.) He was serious, but also funny. Loved all his family no matter what. Your nephew Tyler will miss you terribly. I will always love you John & hold the memories in my heart. You will be missed forever. Always family to me. Love you & fly high. 🙏😇🙏❤️

Dominic DaSilva

March 29, 2020

John was one of the first people I met when I moved to St.Pete. I thought to myself, uh oh, this guy is going to be trouble. He ended up being a great friend, as he was to everyone who knew him. Good times, good laughs. RIP John, love you bro!

Linda Smith

March 29, 2020

You will be sadly missed John. You were my nephew Adam's best friend. I'm sure you will be together again. Loved you bunches and will miss you sorely. Love always, Adam's Aunt Linda.

Chris & Michelle Natale

March 29, 2020

John was a larger than life person. Always had a smile but said it like it was, honest and forthright.
To all the family we send our love and prayers.
We are always here for you.

Toni Steward

March 29, 2020

I met john when I was 14. I remember being intrigued by that great smile and huge laugh. He was always there for me growing up. Time would pass and so did life but we somehow always found each other in life again. The last time we hung out was at time out you got so mad because you couldn't beat me at air hockey. You poured the whole night. Forever in my heart. I love you my friend. Rest easy..

Joyce Grzynkowicz

March 28, 2020

Our son Johnny was a great man and a determined one. He always did it his way . He loved his brothers Mark,Butch and sister Noelle . I raised them to always watch out for each other and they always did .They always had their disagreements but alway made up. They laugh together and cried together no matter what we were family. I always told Johnny he was the best Valentine present I could ever had he loved his Aunt Mary and his cousins up north Mark and Johnny always got into Mischief growing up and Noelle was not far behind. Johnny always said he had to tough up his younger brother Butch. We love u our son and wish u were still here with us.but I know your not in pain anymore. Our hearts are broken and we will love you and miss you forever and I know u are watching over us all. Your were a wonderful son great husband , father and Uncle that loved all his nieces and nephew’s Rest easy son . I was there went you came into our life and there to hold your hand when you left our lives and went home to God. We love you Mom and Steven and his loving family.

Vicki Stice

March 28, 2020

I met John while visiting my sister Jan. He & Jan picked my other sister Linda & me up at the airport and from then on we were laughing & joking around with him. He was a good man & his passing was a blessing for him but a sad reality for all the people who knew him and loved him. You will be missed my friend. See you on the other side!

Wendy Van Horn

March 28, 2020

I didn't know John very well. I work with his wife Becky. On some days I would leave to go home and he would be parked next to me waiting for Becky and I would wave or say hello, how ya doing. We didn't exchange a lot of words but I will miss seeing him sitting there waiting for his love. RIP John. Fly high.

Linda Van Zandt

March 28, 2020

I met John 2 years ago while visiting John's Mom-in-law, my Sister, Jan. I only knew him for a week while I was visiting, but he left a special place in my heart. He was so full of life, so much fun to be around. He & I loved joking around & having fun. He was our chauffeur, our chef ( wicked with the grill) even made his famous spaghetti one night, he brightened every day! I'm so grateful I had the chance to meet & get to know him. He was a Special Guy! To know him, was to love him. Fly High John!! Till we meet again...RIP! 🌹❤️

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Biography

On February 14, 1968, everyone here and many more lives were changed forever.
John Mario Risso was born to Joyce and John. John would always say he was born on Valentine's Day because he was a lover.

In his childhood, John was the first born, a quiet, calm baby. Little did we all know, it was the quiet before the rock concert that was his life. He was an amazing big brother, first to his twin siblings, Mark and Noelle. He was a protector to them and them to him. A few years later, he became a big brother again to his baby brother, Steve, who loved ones also called Butch. He taught them all the ways of mischief. He was responsible and loving to all three of them. The influence he had on each of them has been carried with them through today. John loved playing baseball and also playing football on Sunday with his brothers and his sister would always out there try to get in the game. He love his mom’s pasta, she made the best Lasagna, his favorite meal.

He was a lover of all genres of music, attending concerts, especially Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses. He loved his friends and cousins, and spending time with his family. He loved to party with a local band, the Bleeding Hearts, and grew a lifelong friendship with Earl, the lead singer.

As a young adult, he had a multitude of skills including working on cars, which led to a passion for classic cars, the faster the better, including his first car, a Trans-Am. He enjoyed car shows and festivals. John also had amazing cooking skills which led to him working at his favorite job, Crabby Bill's. He worked there for most of his life, where he made lifetime friends.

He became a father with his firstborn, Brandon, who has the John Risso smirk. Later in life he met the love of his lifetime, his wife Becky, and had a baby girl, Samantha, who is the spitting image of her father, and became a father to Katelyn and Christian, who he always considered his own. He was sentimental man, and planned his proposal to Becky when all of their families could be present on Christmas Day. Their wedding was beautiful, filled with all their loved ones and close friends. John and Becky's honeymoon was a trip to Las Vegas, spent with his brother Steve and wife Kristen. He won $1,700 in the first few hours.

He loved to gamble, regular trips to the Dog Track (just like Poppy), and the Hard Rock in Tampa, Las Vegas and cruises were his favorite places. He visited California to see his friend Erik and his son, Dylan. John enjoyed swimming, barbecuing and going fishing. John enjoyed trips to Orlando with his wife, children. His favorite things were visiting Old Towne, seeing the car shows, and of course the comfy hotel beds.

He always made time for family, including visits to his mother and step dad's (Steven) home, and his brother Mark's for holidays and barbecues. He visited his mother-in-law Jan almost every day. Anytime his sister Noelle would receive rooms at the Hard Rock, she always offered them to John. John and Steve would always take turns visiting each week and going out to eat or to the track. Anytime a loved one needed help, he was there, doing what he could. Unfortunately, John was never able to meet his newest nephew, Noah John Risso, who was given his namesake in representation of the strength and perseverance John had every day of his life until his last day.

John Risso was the kind of man that if you met him, he was engraved in your mind forever. He had an impact on every single person he came across. The experiences he had could be made into one of the best films of all time.

He is gone, but he has been reunited with some of the people he had missed so much in life including Nannie and Poppy; his best friend Adam; Grandma Emma; Becky's dad, Woody; her grandmother, Barb; his precious dog Sebastian lovingly known as Boo; and all the loved ones in Heaven.

John Mario Risso is a guardian angel to all that he is survived by, his amazing wife Rebecca; his mother Joyce, his father John, his stepfather Steven and mother-in-law Jan. His children, Brandon, 20, Samantha, 14, Christian, 21, and Katelyn, 19. His brother Mark, wife Ramona and daughter Lydia and son Kevin, His sister Noelle, husband Rob, daughters Chas, Ashley, Alyssa and son Austin. His brother Steve, wife Kristen, son Tyler, Noah, and daughter Bailey. His sister-in-law Jenn, husband Jamey, and son Tyler. His Aunt Mary and all his nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends, and his spoiled dog, Miley.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at later date.