John DeSimone, of West Hartford, CT, passed away peacefully on January 12th, 2018, at age 73. He was born in Hartford on October 10th 1944, to John and Rosa DeSimone. He was the beloved husband of Suzanna.
The longtime owner of Modern Tire of West Hartford and a pillar of the community, John was the fifth child of Italian immigrants. After graduating from Hartford High School, he attended Point Park College in Pittsburg, PA.
Soon after, John came back to the Hartford area where he would settle down, begin a career and start a family. A self-made, hardworking man, John always had a love for cars. He started working as an auto mechanic and eventually purchased Modern Tire in 1981.
John was a humble, kind and generous man, a devoted husband, father and grandfather as well as a dedicated parishioner of St. Peter Claver Church. He was a board member of the Bridge Family Center, a long time member of both West Hartford Rotary and Unico National in Wethersfield.
In addition to his adoring wife Suzanna, who he would have celebrated 50 years with this May, John is survived by his three children, Denise DeSimone of Avon, Jonathan DeSimone and his wife Rebecca of Princeton, NJ and Brendon DeSimone and his partner Richard Flood of Greenwich, CT. He is also survived by his two cherished grandchildren Emily and Ryan. He is predeceased by his siblings, Liberata Grippo, Rocco DeSimone, Christina DiLoreto and Anthony DeSimone. He will be missed by all.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 10:30 am at the Church of Saint Peter Claver 47 Pleasant St. West Hartford. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018, from 4-8 p.m. at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home 136 South Main St., West Hartford.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bridge Family Center, 1022 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107.
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