John F. Cardozo

August 9, 1925December 5, 2013
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John F. Cardozo, 88, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on December 5, 2013. John was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy, member of the American Legion Post #94 in Sun City West and Past Commander of American Legion Post #96 in Surprise. He was preceded in death by his wife, Avis Cardozo, son, John Cardozo Jr. and step-children, Alic Watson, John Johnson and Walter Johnson. He is survived by his loving son, Glenn (Deborah) Cardozo, numerous grandchildren, step-daughter, Carole Williams and brother, Antonio Cardozo. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2013, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, Arizona 85374. Graveside services will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 10:30 A.M. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85024. To sign John's online guest registry, please visit


  • Visitation Sunday, December 8, 2013
  • Graveside Service Monday, December 9, 2013

John F. Cardozo

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Margaret Ohmes

November 5, 2014

I am very saddened to hear of John's death. He had been on multiple visits to my school to be interviewed by my students. I appreciated his service to his country and to my students and remember him with great fondness and true appreciation for his life. He has left a legacy of blessing on me!

Debbie Cardozo

August 29, 2014

I just found out about Uncle John passing away, my heart hurts and I am thinking about his family. I hope he went peacefully, praying for him, Glen and the whole family. He was my godfather and I loved him very much. All the Cardozo brothers and sisters are together in heaven, we will see you all again.

Kaci Koch

December 11, 2013

"I don't think you should die until you're ready. Until you've wrung out every last bit of living you can." -Libba Bray.
My life has been touched by many individuals who forever will hold a place in my heart. John Cardozo has been one of those who definitely made an impact on me. Although I met him only four years ago, he was a man of great courage, respect, and dignity. As a veteran and someone who served for our country in the South Pacific, I had the honor of hearing his story and writing an essay on his life that published in the Purple Heart Veterans Heritage Project book in 2011. It is incredibly true that you will not pass until you've given all you can to this life and boy did John give himself to not only our country, but he told stories of his past that will live on. "Freedom is not free," and a man like such should not be forgotten and definitely will not be by me. John, you are in a better place now and taught me so much about the life I have yet to experience. If I can only make a fraction of the mark you made here. Your story will not be forgotten and you will always hold a special place in my heart. Rest in Peace John
Much love,
Kaci Koch

renee cardozo

December 9, 2013

I am very saddened by the news of losing my father in law I will always think of him he was always sweet to me and to I love yo I love you Renee your daughter in law.

Bill Lipscomb

December 9, 2013

I will truly miss my dear and long-time friend, John. I do know that Jesus has prepared a fabulous welcoming for John with Avis and all his departed friends there to greet him. John will always be in my memory as a man of great character and love for others. Our loss is heaven's gain.
Bill Lipscomb, Amerian Legion Post 96, Surprise AZ

Lawrence Perry

December 8, 2013

We stand with the Cardozo family to bare witness and celebrate the life of an amazing individual we were proud to know and love. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

The Perry Family

Vanessa McCarter

December 8, 2013

To the entire Cardozo, Johnson family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.
May your memories bring you comfort.

McCarter/Soares family

Todd Swigart

December 7, 2013

One of my students interviewed John for the Veterans Heritage Project. She was affected greatly by her encounter with him. In her essay about John, she quoted him as saying, “Life is very short, live your life according to the way it's supposed to be, live a good life, and you live a long life.” Now isn't that just the way he lived his life? He spoke to our students and really had a heart for them. John was an incredible man.

December 6, 2013

It was a pleasure to be acquainted With John. He was always upbeat and served his Country and community with honor.

Phil Hanson
AZ Veterans Hall of Fame
Class of 2004