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John A Corrado

March 28, 1941 — January 9, 2023

John A. Corrado John Albert Corrado was born to Yolanda Teresa Mercuri and John Victor Corrado, DDS, on March 28, 1941, in New York, New York. Died age 81, January 9, 2023, of congestive heart failure in Vitas Hospice at Florida Medical Center in Lauderdale Lakes, FL. Predeceased by loving wife Marilyn A. Corrado in 2022. They were married 59 years. Loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, godfather, uncle, and cousin. Proud father of John V. Corrado (Camille) of Freehold, NJ, Monica Corrado Taggart (Franklin) of Loveland, CO, and Kristine T. Corrado, of Sunrise, Florida. Grandchildren Christen Marie Corrado Calhoun (David) of Romansville, PA, Kelly Anne Corrado of Boston, MA, Colleen Alyssa Corrado, of Washington, DC, and Bodhi Jack Taggart of Loveland, CO. Great-grandchildren Warren James, Elliott Walter, and Lucille May Calhoun. John is also predeceased by granddaughter Sarah Grace Taggart. John was the second child and first-born son. He is predeceased by older sister Joan C. Hahn (2013) and survived by younger brother Martin John Corrado of the UAE. John grew with his siblings in the heart of Greenwich Village, NY, and attended Our Lady of Pompeii grammar school. He graduated Xavier High School in 1958. While at Xavier, John excelled at target shooting, joining the Xavier Rifle Team as a freshman, and achieving varsity his sophomore year. John was named co-captain his senior year. With his sharp eye and steady nerves, he was an excellent shooter. As co-captain, he received the Sons of Xavier Trophy, the symbol of outstanding achievement on the Xavier Rifle Team. John continued his success with the St. Peter's College Rifle Team. In four years, the team was built into a powerhouse of the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Rifle Teams. John was captain of the rifle team there. He graduated St. Peter’s in 1962. John’s sister Joan Corrado Hahn introduced him to Marilyn Anne Gerznick in 1961. John and Marilyn would marry shortly thereafter and live in Bayside, NY. Their first child, John, was born in Whitestone, NY. As a US Army Captain, they shortly moved to Fort Devens, in Ayer, MA, where their second child, Monica, was born. The family moved to Germany in 1966, and lived in Bad Krueznach while John served as Adjutant in the 7th Medical Brigade of the US Army Medical Services Corps in Ludwigsburg. Their third child, Kristine, was born in Bad Cannstatt, Germany, in 1968. John was honorably discharged in 1969. He and his family returned to the US to live in Howell, NJ, just about an hour from John’s and Marilyn’s families in NYC and Queens, NY. The location was chosen purposefully: it kept his family close to his extended family. Sunday dinner alternated between his parents’ apartment in Manhattan and at his home in Howell. John received his master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Columbia University and went on to hold positions in administration at several hospitals in New Jersey. He spearheaded projects to build a NICU and helipad at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Patterson, NJ, and worked at the Southern NJ Professional Standards Review Organization. A new job opportunity for John moved the family to Sunrise, Florida, in 1985. For the next twenty plus years, he held positions in hospital and nursing home administration in Broward and Dade counties. At Plantation General Hospital he oversaw the building of Broward County’s first trauma center in 1986, as well as the cardiac catheterization lab at Florida Medical Center during his tenure there. John managed by “walking around” and prided himself on knowing everyone’s name in the hospitals and facilities where he worked. He always said that the janitor was as important as the president, and that praise was more important than criticism. When John retired, he took a position with City of Sunrise Department of Parks and Recreation for a few years, which allowed him to be outside in nature, one of his favorite places to be. Strong in his Catholic faith, John was an altar boy at Our Lady of Pompeii and served many masses there. He was very involved at St. Veronica Church and School in NJ and All Saints Catholic Church in Sunrise, FL. John was proud to be initiated as a Knight of the 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus in 2002. John had deep devotion to the Sacred Heart, Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Anthony, and Archangel Michael. Every day, he offered up his “prayers, joys, works and sufferings” to the Lord. Some recent highlights for John were traveling to the UAE for his niece Justine’s wedding in 2010 where his brother Martin and wife Mary hosted him and his sister Joan, attending his granddaughter Christen and Dave’s wedding in 2016, and meeting his first great-grandchild Warren in 2018 after attending the Xavier High School 60th reunion. He longed to see his grandson Bodhi graduate college, his granddaughter Colleen graduate GWU Medical School, attend Colleen and Kelly’s future weddings, and meet his great-grandchildren Elliott and Lucille May. He will surely celebrate with them from the heavens. A few quotes from John that he wanted on his memorial cards, which he wrote on 4-25-22, the day his wife Marilyn was buried: “1. A great and good man neither steps on an ant nor kneels before a queen. A wet bird never flies at night. Tomorrow is tomorrow. Enjoy your life and its blessings…Smile a lot!!! Be happy!!!” By Monica Corrado 01.20.23 Visitation will be Monday, January 23, 2023 from 9:30-10:30 AM at T.M. Ralph Funeral Home 371 NW 136 Avenue Sunrise, FL. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at the chapel of All Saints Catholic Church, 10900 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Sunrise at 11:00AM. Interment with Military honors will take place at South Florida National Cemetery 1:30 PM. In his memory donations may be made to the World Wildlife Fund. Arrangements by T.M. Ralph Funeral Home
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Monday, January 23, 2023

9:30 - 10:30 am (Eastern time)

T. M. Ralph Funeral Home Sawgrass/Weston

371 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise, FL 33325

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Monday, January 23, 2023

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Monday, January 23, 2023

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South Florida VA National Cemetery

5501 FL-7, Lake Worth, FL 33449

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