John P. Traczewski, 82, of St. Pete Beach, FL, passed away on March 15, 2020 in St. Pete Beach.
A celebration honoring John's life is being planned this summer in Nashville, TN.
John was born in Poland and emigrated to Ontario, Canada, arriving on his 16th birthday. He attended Catholic Central High School in London, Ontario, where he played football and met a cheerleader named Mary Anne Saddy who instantly became the love of his life.
John and Mary Anne were married in London on July 18, 1964 and immediately moved to Detroit, Michigan, where their two sons, Jeffrey and John, Jr. were born. In Detroit, John began his career with the United States Department of Labor. His career moved the family from Detroit to Louisville, KY and eventually to Florida in 1988, where John served as the District Director for the state of Florida in Tampa Bay until he retired in 2000.
John became a United States citizen while at the University of Detroit and later served our military as a member of the United States Army Reserve.
John always enjoyed golfing with his friends, fishing with his sons, and dancing with Mary Anne. John often made a party better by playing the accordion and used his sense of humor to ensure everyone always had a good time!
John is survived by his loving wife of fifty-five years, Mary Anne, who took exceptional care of him during the last few years of his life, as well as by his sister, Emily Orlan in St. Pete Beach, FL. He is also survived by his son, Jeffrey, his wife, Holly, and their daughter, Rachel in Nashville, TN, as well as their son, Nathan, in Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by John, Jr. in St. Petersburg, FL.
The care of John and his family have been entrusted to David C. Gross Funeral Home in St. Petersburg.
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