1411 Vintage Lane, Rochester, New York 14626
Visitation at Funeral Home
Obituary of John Martinelli
Greece: After his courageous battle with brain cancer, John peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on October 26, 2018 at age 80. Predeceased by his parents Grace & Alphonse Martinelli; grandparents, Jenney & Andrew Ruscito. John is survived by his loving wife and best friend Julie; children, Bill (Chris) Martinelli, Cindy (Dave) Eisler, Tracy (Charlie) Miller; grandchildren, Alicia, Melissa (Mike), Kate, Jim, Stan, Desirée, Amanda, Reagan, Dylan, Cory, Kyle & Dylan; great grandchildren, Austin, Chad, Tanner & Madison. Brother Ron (Carol) Martinelli; niece, Jenney & nephew, Michael of Cranston RI.; his beloved cats, many friends and extended family.
John's life story will be shared during his visitation, Saturday, November 3, 11:30 am – 1:30M PM at the funeral home 1411 Vintage Lane. John’s Celebration of Life will then follow at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be directed to, GRASP Inc., PO Box 26741, Rochester, NY 14626 in John’s Memory.
John was born October 9, 1938 in Cranston, Rhode Island. His parents Alphonse & Grace Martinelli’s family included two sons John & younger son Ron.
Once graduating from Cranston High School John went to serve in the US Navy. After his discharge John attended the University of Rhode Island obtaining a degree in Physics & Mathematics.
John was now out of school and looking for his first opportunity for employment. Eastman Kodak Company was hiring, John found himself and his family making their way to Rochester.
After 15 years at Kodak John had the urge to begin working for himself. He went on to own and operate, the Turquoise Chanel in the mall, S&V manufacturing and eventually J. Martinelli Antiques.
Mutual friends had introduced John to Julie and they were married May 18, 1986.
Family time was very important to John. Birthday’s & the Holiday’s were special times for him. Family vacations, lots of them, were something the whole family enjoyed. Multiple times a summer the family would come together. Their favorite spots included the many different lakes of the Adirondack’s and the Finger Lakes.
Growing up in Rhode Island John was a huge fan and supporter of the Boston Red Sox and the NE Patriots.
A defining moment in John’s life came after finding a bottle in Rush during the 60’s. His curiosity of, what it was, where it came from and what it might be worth sent him on a life long journey.
He asked around and before you knew it he had joined an Antique Bottle Collecting Club. Early on, he enjoyed finding the bottles himself, later he enjoyed people brining to him their finds. The search and then the subsequent bringing a bottle back to life were a joy to him. The story “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” John emulated. His family recalls John sifting through garbage sites looking for his next treasure.
His hobby of collecting bottles was not his last. He began his fascination with local Rochester pottery. John was particularly drawn to the artisans of the 1700-1800 era. His collection had begun, he was buying and selling not just bottles but pottery works as well.
Most people who collect or buy and sell valuables of yesterday have a desire to continually gain knowledge. John’s personality, quest for information and intelligence made for the perfect match.
John’s find of that bottle many years ago was life altering. Had he not had that chance find in Rush he never would have gone on to becoming the President of the National Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors.
John was social. He had many friends coming from many different worlds. One of his greatest gifts was his ability to bring different friends together. He wouldn’t stop there though, he wanted these different friends to share with each other and become friends as he had with them.
Some of things John enjoyed included, cooking, trips to the casino, eating seafood, doing research, watching NASCAR & CNN and listening to, 60’s, old rock and country music.
Things that could regularly be heard coming out of John’s mouth included, “Julie where are you” and “don’t let them grind ya down.”
John had a love of cats. He had indoor cats and feral cats. His love extended to the care and comfort of not only to those who lived inside but to those who lived outdoors as well. He created an outdoor shelter with siding and roofing worthy of home construction.
John will be remembered by family and friends as being social, generous, intelligent, loving, strong and as a story teller. To all who knew and loved him John will always occupy a special place in their hearts!
Visitation will be held on SATURDAY November 3, 11:30 am – 1:30M PM at the funeral home 1411 Vintage Lane. John’s Celebration of Life will follow at 1:30 PM.