John J. Bondellio, 79, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  John J. Bondellio, 79, of Flower Avenue East, Watertown, passed away Dec. 4, 2021, at Samaritan Medical Center.

John was born March 8, 1942, in Watertown, a son of Frank J. and Mary G. (Pistolese) Bondellio. He graduated in 1961 from Watertown High School.

On July 3, 1976, he married Sharon Johnson at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Jamestown, NY. Their marriage later was blessed at St. Anthony’s Church by Msgr. Anthony Milia.

John was a successful entrepreneur, owning and operating many local businesses, including Max’s Outfitters on Court Street from 1992-2004, Raks Department Store in Clayton from 1990-2004 and most recently The Gift Zone and The Ship Gift Shop in Alexandria Bay. Early in John’s career, he was employed by the NY Air Brake Company, Nestles Co. in Fulton, NY and a traveling clothing salesman for Smith Distributors of New York Mills, NY.

He was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church, a member of the Elks Lodge #496, and the Italian American Civic Association.

John loved boating, biking, traveling, watching sports, and spending the winter months in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He was a devoted husband and father who loved his family deeply. He especially cherished his friends and they loved him right back.

Surviving besides his wife, Sharon, are four sons, John (Rebecca), Portland, ME, Matt (Sandy), Adams Center, Tom, Watertown, Greg (Karen) Barranquilla, Columbia; a daughter Linda (Molly), Fayetteville, NY; a brother, Frank (Sandra), Morristown, NY; six grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, Blake, Dante, Jett, Aya; a great-granddaughter, Raelynn, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A prayer service will be Monday, Dec. 13, at 10:15 a.m. with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Church, 850 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

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