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John Angelo Incorvaia, Jr.

COVID-19 robbed John Angelo Incorvaia, Jr. of health, vitality, and ultimately, life- but this illness does not define him. While we grieve his sudden decline and death, we also celebrate his 67 years of life on earth.
John’s presence brought joy, warmth, generosity, and loyalty to our lives. 
John was known affectionately by various names:  Big John, Brother John, Inky, Papa, Big Papa, Paps, Dude. John occupied a unique space in his large, sprawling Italian-American family. John is the oldest of 10 siblings (Betty, Gary, Ron, Marty, Chris, Keith, Frank, Brian, Gail). He was preceded in death by his beloved parents John and Rita Incorvaia, Sr.

John thrived on family gatherings. He was 
gregarious, playful, outgoing and chatty. We joked that if we wanted the family to know a secret, you just tell John.


His grand and great-grand kids knew him as Papa. His role as Papa was the nucleus around which his life orbited.  His grand kids could tell countless stories about the ways his kindness, generosity, consistent presence, and playfulness (and yes occasional grumpiness) helped shape their lives. Some of the family’s fondest recent moments include his tenderness and charming companionship with his three great-grand kids.

Arguably the most defining relationship in his life was his marriage to Roxanne; they enjoyed 47 years together. In total they were life companions for 53 years. Together they had four children: Sarah, Matthew, Carrie, and Kenneth. At the time of his death, John had 17 grand and great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

In addition to John’s love for family, he was truly a professional tradesman. He spent 45 years as a skilled metal spinner and fabricator. He fine-tuned his craft, developing expertise in the programming and operating of CNC metal-spinning lathes.  John was a subject matter expert to help create the protocol for developing new manufactured steel products, both large and small batch productions. He made a name for himself in his trade as knowledgeable, experienced, hard-working and loyal.  In 2014 John was presented the first “Ohio Strong” award by the Treasurer of the state of Ohio. He retired from Toledo Metal Spinning in December 2018 after 35 years of dedicated service. John exuded happiness and contentment during his two years of retirement. 

In his late 40s John experienced a spiritual awakening. He committed himself to living the teachings of Jesus Christ and sought to nurture a relationship with God.  He and Roxanne attended several Christian evangelical churches before feeling inspired to return to the Catholic Church. Having grown up in the Catholic Church, participating in the life of the church truly felt like returning to his spiritual home. John was energized by the parish ministry at St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Swanton, Ohio. He deeply enjoyed singing in the choir and fostering relationships in the church. In retirement he devoted newfound leisure to singing for Mass and funerals as part of the ministry of the church. John greatly appreciated St. Richards, discovering joy, meaning, and spiritual vitality.   

John loved motorcycles; he especially appreciated the touring bike he had in recent years. For John, food was a true pleasure, but more importantly, a meaningful way to connect and communicate love. He enjoyed blessing aging neighbors with lawn care while enjoying the serenity of his riding-mower.  He was known to relish napping in his recliner with his beloved dogs Mattie and Lucy. As a proud son, he worked with his father in the Italian restaurant that his father and uncle started. And then was delighted and a huge support when his two brothers launched Keith and Chris Incorvaia’s Bene Italiano. 

John, we love you; and thank you.  
“Love never fails.” 
- 1 Corinthians 13:8  


Family and friends will be invited to participate in a virtual Remembrance Service on Sunday, December 13th at 1:00pm.

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Dear Roxanne and family,
I was shocked to hear about John';s passing. It was a blessing and an honor to work with John at TMS. A wonderful person and a great co-worker. May God grant you peace and comfort and May John Rest in Peace!


Lucas Fernandes Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Roxanne and family,
I was so sorry to hear about John. Even though we haven't seen you two in years, I still remember the good times we had together at Shiloh.And that is such a great picture of John. May God bless and give you peace.
Love in Christ,

Rita Feather Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Betty & Gary B & the entire Incorvaia Family,
We are sad to hear of John passing. What a wonderful person and life story captured in his obituary. Our hearts are with you all.
Much love,
Tom & Lynne Kusmer

Lynne Kusmer Dec 16 2020 12:00 AM

I am truly sorry for your familys loss. I got to know John at Central. He was a good friend and teammate on the football team.RIP Big John

Ed Wenger Dec 11 2020 12:00 AM

I enjoyed seeing and hearing John share his talents in St. Richard Parish Choir as a Cantor and in the Men's Schola as well. His smile was so warm and he was such a kind Christian gentleman. I will always remember how encouraging he was to me during our Salon shutdown in March ,and I was hired in as an essential worker at Swanton Family Dollar. He would always have a smile and uplifting words to help me get through the shift when he'd come into shop. You will be truly missed, but I know that you will be sharing at the ultimate heavenly table. Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him O' Lord and Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him. May His Soul And All The Souls Of The Faithful Departed Through the Mercy of God Rest in Peace . AMEN

ANNA M.SNYDER Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM

I was truly so sorry when he passed. He was such a special guy and a great neighbor. My blessings go out to Roxanne, Sophie, Jala, and kaden. You all will be ok after a while. Roxanne you greatly helped me on my loss.

Shirley Wilson Tulk Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM

I havent seen John Inky since high school. He was alway a fun guy to be around with a great sense of humor. We did reconnect on Facebook some time ago. I was hoping to see him at next years reunion. Roxanne and family. You are all in my prayers. Rest in eternal peace my friend.
Don Urban

Don Urban Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Roxanne and family. I was shocked to hear of John's passing. I am sorry for your loss. You were the love of his life Roxanne and we all knew it back in the days at Central. Stay strong and know he will still be around checking up on you from time to time. Stay safe.

Donna Parasiliti Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM

I will never forget John and the whole Incorvaia family that we grew up with on Stannard Drive. So sorry for your loss.

Gary Wirth Dec 10 2020 12:00 AM

John meant the world to Frank and I. He called Frankmy brother from another mother. He wasnt just a co worker of over 30 years, John was our family. We loved him. Stopping in to check on Frank when running errands. There will forever be a void in our hearts. God be with all of you in this long journey you will travel. Our love to you Roxanne and family.

Dar and Frank Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM

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