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John Douglas Marquet, age 88, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away September 16, 2021 in Peachtree City, GA.
John was born in Hummelstown, PA on April 19, 1933 to the late Albert and Esther Marquet. As a young man, John enlisted in the United States Navy where he trained as an aircraft mechanic. Upon completion of his military service, John moved to Washington D.C. and became a radio D.J. at WPGC going by the name “Sleepy Eyed John”. In February of 1961, John was wed to Barbara Ann Daily. The couple had one son, John Michael. The Marquet family relocated to Pennsylvania and John began a 31 year career as an aircraft engineer with U.S. Airways in Pittsburgh. Upon his retirement, John gained employment with Federal Express where he worked for another 14 years. With this position, John and his family lived in Memphis, Phoenix and Mobile, among other locations. After his retirement from FedEx in 2003, John spent some time as a security guard at the Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson, outside of Nashville, TN. After several years spent living in Nashville, John then moved to Mansfield, TX to be closer to his only son. Then, after living in Texas for some time, John relocated once more in 2018 to Peachtree City, GA, where he spent the remainder of his life surrounded by the love of his son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.
John was a friendly and gentle person. He enjoyed his family and watching his favorite sports teams: the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. John was a kind man who always put others’ needs before his own. He was a good husband, a good friend, was loved by all, and was an inspirational role model to his son and grandchildren. John will be remembered as a truly good man, as an exceptionally loving father and kind to every person he met.
Along with his parents, John was preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara Ann Daily Marquet, and best friend Louis N. Alverides. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: John and Katherine Marquet of Newnan, GA; grandchildren: Emma and Noah Marquet; god-children: Dana Alverides Wesson of Franklin, TN, Tracey Alverides of Franklin, TN, Greg Alverides of Murfreesboro, TN; dear friend: Judy Alverides of Franklin, TN.
The Marquet family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville. Messages of condolence may be left at www.GeorgiaCremation.com.
Lynn Hackman says
Michael and family,
I’m so sorry that you lost your father. The last time my Dad (Richard–“Dick”) spoke to him he wasn’t sure if your dad knew who he was talking to, because of some dementia. The last time I saw Johnny was in Nashville at my nephew’s wedding. We all went out to dinner and it just solidified my feelings for your father–that he was a kind, gentle man, but funny! He and Dad had us rolling with some of their stories about growing up together. Dad talked a lot about his and Johnny’s escapades growing up. They must have really enjoyed each other’s company. I really loved him and wish we could have spent more time with him in Nashville, or had another dinner with your father just to talk some more. In fact, I probably didn’t know Johnny all that well, but listening to Dad’s stories made me feel like he was, and always had been, an old friend.
Of course, I probably knew your grandparents better. Often I would be at my grandparents and your grandparents would come strolling in. I took care of Esther in the ICU at Hershey when she was a patient once. As a patient, I didn’t recognize her and had to confirm who it was by her medical record. My grandpa Earl took Albert out for coffee every morning after he didn’t drive anymore. They did a lot with them, and looked out for them. Your grandparents were lovely people, and I miss them. Actually, I miss all the old folks from Hanoverdale. Unfortunately, time marches on.
Again, I’m sorry about Johnny.
I hope you and your family are all well.