John A. D'Amore, 90, of Apopka, FL, passed away on April 12, 2013. John was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on June 6, 1922. He moved to Niagara Falls, NY as a child, and lived there for almost 50 years. He moved to Florida in 1976.
John had a variety of occupations while living in Niagara Falls. He was a factory worker at Hooker Chemical, salesman for Ballantine Beer, owned a bar in the 1960's, and worked for a pizza distributor in the 1970's before moving to Florida. In Florida, he was a construction worker. After his retirement, he enjoyed working part-time as a driver for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
John was a proud veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, in Europe and North Africa. He was in the invasion of Normandy on "D-Day", June 6, 1944, his 22nd birthday. He was active in several veterans organizations for the remainder of his life - VFW, American Legion, and All-Airborne.
In 2011, he was surprised to receive a box from Belgium. It contained his personal possessions, photos, and letters that he had left behind when staying with a Belgian family for a brief time during the war, 65 years earlier.
John is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rosina ("Rose") Archie D'Amore; his daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Rohm Robert of Burlington, Ontario; his son and daughter-in-law, John D. and Pamela D'Amore of Apopka FL; two grandchildren, Andrea Shrader of Minneola, FL and John M. D'Amore of Coral Springs FL; two great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Abigail Shrader; and his sister, Gloria Zulke of Lewiston NY.
A Celebration of Life will be held outdoors on April 28th at a lakeside pavilion at VFW Post 2093 in Orlando FL. If so desired, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or visit their website www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Please visit the website of Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home to share your memories or express condolences: www.carey-handcox.com.