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John Bolelaus Sciepura

SHARON — John Bolelaus Sciepura, 59, of Hospital Hill Road, passed away on Saturday June 25, 2022.  His loving wife and siblings were at his side. How ironic that John only recently learned that his middle name means  “Warrior”, and that is exactly how he fought his battle with cancer.

John was born in Yonkers, New York, at St. John’s Hospital on April 17, 1963, the youngest son of Michael and Joyce (Franchek) Sciepura.  He grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, and at age 10, his family settled in Sharon.   John graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School, attended Boulder College, studied business administration and graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in jewelry design.  He worked for a time in the fashion industry, taught jewelry design and was employed as a skilled carpenter.

John had a passion for learning and had many interests.  In his youth, John studied the flute and piano, and enjoyed acting.  He enjoyed poetry and writing.  He loved cooking, foraging for wild edible plants, coin collecting and exploring solar energy.  An avid outdoorsman, he could often be found working in his yard and garden, always generously sharing his vegetables.  John enjoyed vacationing and fishing in Point Judith, Rhode Island, with his wife and dogs, and was an avid bicyclist. He loved spending time with his family.

John is survived by his loving wife, Margaret (Ayres), and his dogs, Molly and Chase; his sisters Victoria Morse, Christina Riley and her husband, Bill, and brother Michael A. Sciepura, jr.; His nephew, Flynn Nixon and family of Dandridge, Tennessee, his nieces Grace Morse and Hope Morse of Sharon, and a large extended family.

John had a commanding presence at 6’5” and was very friendly with an amazing sense of humor.  He loved engaging with people and having conversations about a wide variety of topics.  John was a devoted, loving and loyal husband, and adored the many dogs he and his wife rescued over the years.  He was kind, thoughtful, intelligent, interesting, hard-working and creative.  John was loved by everyone and will be sorely missed.

Calling hours are at The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon, on Friday July 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  There will be a mass at St. Bernard’s Church in Sharon on July 9 at 11:00 a.m.  Donations in memory of John may be made to The Little Guild of St. Francis, West Cornwall, Connecticut.

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