John Deluisi

John E. Deluisi

1950 - 2020

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ohn Edward Deluisi, 70, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2020, after a valiant battle with leukemia. John, son of John and Catherine Deluisi, is survived by his wife, Nancy McLay Deluisi, children John, Tina (Jack), and Jill, siblings Kathleen Deeney (Pat), Jimmy (Linda) and Jeanie McGuigan (Joe), and grandchildren Jack, Gabi, Emily, James, Olivia, Vincent, Marcus and Nolan. A native of Philadelphia and North Catholic alumnus, John was a proud Marine and Vietnam War veteran. Following his military service, he served 26 years as a Philadelphia firefighter where he retired as a Lieutenant. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting with his friends in the Doe Run Hunting Club and was a dedicated wine enthusiast (think Carlo Rossi jug wine). In retirement, he was a beloved VIP at Twistie's Bar in Strathmere, NJ, a favorite haunt not far from his home in Ocean City, where he retired with his soon to be sainted wife Nancy. For all of his varied interests, spending time with his family was John's true passion; he'd held the titles of Father of the Year and World's Best Pop Pop since 1972 and 2001, respectively. He channeled his love of good food into the delicious meals he lovingly prepared for his family and friends. Though a pie maker extraordinaire, he was arguably best known for his famous crabs & spaghetti, which gained a reputation over the years as one of the most sought-after dishes. Those lucky enough to score a coveted invitation to a feast at the Deluisis never forgot the scrumptious food, or the boisterous stories and laughs that were defining elements of every meal at John's table. Many meals would include heated debates over politics or how bad the “Iggles” were every “Sundy” Wherever or whomever he was with, his storytelling skills made him a man of legendary status. John could make ANYONE smile or laugh. While his family's hearts are broken, they are grateful that John's suffering is over. John's zest for life and boundless generosity of spirit will be missed by all whose lives he touched. He will live forever in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved him, and in the countless wonderful stories and memories that his children, grandchildren, and future great-grandchildren will share for many years to come. In lieu of flowers, please pay it forward. Arrangements Malloy Funeral Home 625 Byberry Road Phila., PA 19116 215-464-2600
A Memorial Tree was planted for John
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at William G. Malloy Funeral Home