Obituary: John J. Petrillo – Portland Press Herald
SCARBOROUGH – John J. Petrillo, of Scarborough, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2022.
John was born on September 10, 1943, the youngest child of John A. Petrillo and Beatrice (Thomasino) Petrillo. Along with his sisters Camille and Patricia, John grew up in Southington, Connecticut, among many friends and a large and vibrant extended family. He had fond memories of the people, places, and cars in Southington, Connecticut, as well as summer visits to Maine.
John graduated from Southington High School in 1961 and St. Ambrose College in 1965 with degrees in history and political science. He then began a career in sales while serving in the US Army Reserves.
In 1968, John meets Jackie Babor, a young New York teacher who was a work friend of his sister Pat. John and Jackie were married in 1970, then moved to a cabin in Pine Point in 1971. That first winter was cold but must have been quite lovely, as the couple became Mainers for life. Their son Alan was born in Portland in 1973.
After working as a rental manager for Brown Chrysler-Plymouth in Portland, John became a sales manager for truck equipment distributor Hews Body Co. in South Portland. In 1981 John struck out on his own. Through his hard work, intelligence and ability to build trust with people, John has become a successful independent representative for truck equipment manufacturers. His long affiliation with a Midwestern company, Omaha Standard, expanded John’s business as well as his already wide circle of devoted friends.
John moved away from the long-distance traveling rep lifestyle in 1997, but he never stopped going elsewhere. He owned and maintained many classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles, but his favorite was the sailboat that he, Jackie, and his friends enjoyed many adventures on the coast of Maine.
Upon retirement, John and Jackie savored the relationships they had built throughout their life together. Their Scarborough home often hosted their son, Alan, Alan’s wife, Kristin, and their children Ezra and Julian. Family and friends old and new, from as far away as Florida and as near as nearby, continued to gather around John to share his wisdom and affection. Before passing away peacefully in hospice, John spent a few last days at home last week, still the man we have known and loved for so many years.
John was predeceased by his parents; and her sisters Camille Wojcik and Patricia Magaudda.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Petrillo; son, Alan Petrillo, daughter-in-law, Kristin Petrillo, granddaughter Ezra Petrillo, grandson Julian Petrillo; brother-in-law, Francis Wojcik; nephews Ronald Wojcik and Mark Wojcik, and nieces Michelle Magaudda and Gina Magaudda.
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, there will be visiting hours for John from 10 a.m. to noon at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Rd. in South Portland. A funeral service and reception will follow. He will be buried in a private ceremony at Riverside Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth at a later date.
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