The Obituary of John Joseph Piazza, Sr.
John Joseph Piazza, Sr. was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on December 2, 1938. His parents, Marie Facchiano Piazza and Dr. Salvatore Joseph Piazza, M.D., eventually moved their family to upstate New York.
After a long illness and a courageous battle John Piazza, Sr. passed away in Clearwater, Florida on October 3, 2016. As a true Marine, he fought to the end.
John is survived by his beloved wife, Rosemary Enzinna Piazza and his 7 children and their spouses:
John & Natalie Piazza Jr., Susan & Scott McIntosh, Sally & Enos Burks, Steven & Angie Piazza, Carol & Chris Montie, Paula & Victor Ciardelli, Nadine Piazza/Rob Baldwin.
John was also a loving Grandfather to 21 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
John is also survived by his two sisters Nancy Piazza Fallin (Jim) and Mary Piazza Easton (Bob).
In 1956, John became a proud Marine. John then married the love of his life on February 27, 1960, Rosemary Enzinna. Soon after, the newlyweds started a family - a very large family.
During the early days of marriage John operated a large farm in New Fane, NY, he was a Deputy Sheriff of Niagara County, NY, owned and operated the Showboat Restaurant in Buffalo, NY, owned and operated the Ransomville General Hospital in Ransomville, NY and then opened Senior Meadows Assisted Living of Lockport, NY in1965.
John and Rosemary moved their family to Florida in 1975 where he continued to grow and operate one of the country’s largest assisted living and home health care companies. John Piazza Sr. is known as a pioneer in the Assisted Living Facility industry. Extending his concern and care for others and upon retiring after 60 years of health care service, John redirected his interest to the development of one of the largest private collections of military memorabilia in Florida that is currently on display at the Armed Forces History Museum, in Largo, Florida, which he also founded.
John was Commandant of the Morris Dixon Detachment 54, Marine Corps League. As the founder and president, John started The Injured Warriors Fund of Florida to support marines and their families. John was the Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, which included the position of president of The Injured Warriors Fund of FL, Inc. and Chairman of the Dept. of FL Marine Corps League Scholarship Fund.
He will always be remembered for his true love and devotion to his wife, family, faith and his country as John served & helped others.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at:
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105