Date of Birth December 5, 1946
Date Deceased December 24, 2022
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date December 30, 2022
Service Time 3 p.m.
Service Location Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home
Interment Location Bath National Cemetery

John J. Petrilli

HORNELL-John J. “Johnny Joe” Petrilli, 76, of Fulton Street, entered into rest early Saturday morning (Dec. 24, 2022) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.

Born in Hornell on Dec. 5, 1946, John was a lifelong resident of Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1965 and attended Corning Community College. After graduating from high school, he proudly served with the United States Air Force until his honorable discharge as a Sergeant in 1968.

John was employed by the former Men’s Shop on Main Street in Hornell before he became employed with Foster-Wheeler Energy Corporation in Dansville. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at the City of Hornell Water Treatment Plant.

For many years he was active in youth sports in Hornell and coached Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball. John also served on the City of Hornell Planning Board and was involved with the Maple City Sound Drum & Bugle Corps shows and was active with the Class of 1965 reunions.

He was very proud of being a veteran and was also proud of all those who served in the military and volunteered for Wreath Across America. John was a very creative person who enjoyed doing woodworking and other craft projects. He liked to travel and loved Notre Dame Football and enjoyed attending games and watching them on television.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of 39 years, Christine (Dunham) Petrilli, who he married in Ossian, NY on Dec. 23, 1983; two daughters, Jamie Petrilli and Danielle Petrilli, both of Hornell; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

John was predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Carol (Donald) Marlatt and Barbara (Dale) Warters.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 2-3 p.m. Friday (Dec. 30, 2022) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell where military honors and a funeral service will take place in his memory at 3 p.m. Friday, with Pastor Cedric Cooper officiating. Interment will be at Bath National Cemetery.

The United States flag and the Air Force flag will proudly fly at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home in recognition of John’s military service

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belford Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 (envelopes will be available at the funeral home) or to either the Hornell Little League or the Hornell Area Babe Ruth League.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist John’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of John are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.




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11 Responses

  1. A dear life long friend, a wonderful family man, community minded individual who was a joy to know. My deepest sympathy to Chris and the girls and the entire family and friends of Johnny Joe Petrilli. May he Rest In Peace.

  2. Chris and girls, so very sorry to hear of Johns passing. We will always remember the fun times we enjoyed with you and John. My health will prevent me from attending his services. Be assured our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all.

  3. Mr. Petrilli was my baseball coach for a summer 34 years ago. He left an indelible impression on me as a ball player and even more so as a man. My condolences to the family.

  4. Chris, I am so sorry for your loss. I went to school with John. Had lots of fun at the reunions. God bless you and your family and peace be with you.

  5. So very sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a wonderful person and thought very highly of. My deepest condolences to his family.

  6. JJ and I grew up as youngsters on Sherman St. He was always such a pleasant and caring friend. Hornell lost a true patriot and devoted Hornellian

  7. Worked with John at Foster Wheeler and cross country skied with him many times I missed his obituary until today I am so sorry for your lowss!! He was a good friend!!

  8. John was a coach,friend and mentor for me when I was growing upon Hornell. He truly made a big difference in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Chris and the entire family.

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