John Magnifico, 64, a resident of Orange Park, Florida, departed this life early on December 29, 2012 at St. Vincent’s hospital following a sudden illness.
Originally from Grafton, West Virginia, John was born January 4, 1948 in Fairmont, West Virginia, to the late Peter and Gloria Magnifico of Grafton.
John was a 1966 graduate of Grafton High School and attended Fairmont University for two years before hiring out as an operator and later CSX train dispatcher. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Orange Park, BPOE, Harley Owners Group and the National Rifle Association.
He was a lifelong lover of hunting in the beautiful West Virginia mountains and hill country of Texas.
John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kathryn “Taffy” Bartlett Magnifico. Also surviving are his daughter, Julie Marie Hollan and husband Brad of Orange Park; and son, John Michael Magnifico of Portland, Oregon; three precious granddaughters, Jillian Grace, Emma Beth, and Stella Marie Hollan of Orange Park; a brother, Michael Magnifico and wife Linda of Boxford, Massachusetts, and many wonderful nieces and nephews, and friends.
He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him and shared his passion.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Orange Park, 1140 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073. Services are entrusted to Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, Florida 32073, (904) 264-1233.