While heaven has always been known as a place of peace, calm and comfort, the rules were changed on October 7, 2019 when John Gargano, of Savannah, GA, busted through the pearly gates. Often the life of the party, John had a mission to bring joy to everyone he interacted with and was known to pull laughter from even the toughest critics. Pranks were a way of life, and John sought out to pull the funniest pranks on everyone he could. While he was often the happiest or funniest person in the room, he taught everyone that he could set the tone and instill fear and a sense of seriousness in a matter of seconds… a skill that he perfected when screening any boy who dared attempt to date one of his daughters in high school. Stories of him torturing boys with ice cubes, practicing shooting guns or discussing his affinity for breaking legs kept his four daughters mostly single for their high school years. John was a family man who made family a priority over everything else. Some of his favorite things to do with his family included fishing in Cape Cod, catching lobsters fresh from the sea, playing games at home and traveling while seeking new adventure. John loved adventure and fresh new ideas, so much so that around his 30th birthday, he decided to pick a new “mid-life” crisis to focus on each year until his death. While they started innocently enough with a declaration that he would be braving Boston winters in sandals or dying his hair so frequently it turned pink, some of his more exciting choices included exotic cars, full-sleeve tattoos, art collection and playing the saxophone. John was a good friend. He was always willing lend a helping hand and made some of life’s most daunting tasks full of fun. John is survived by Nancy Gargano and their four daughters Rachel Dworetsky, Theresa Gargano, Diana Fahrer and Rosa Scrymgeour as well as his son-in-laws Larry Dworetsky, Derek Fahrer and Drew Scrymgeour. He was a wonderful “Papa” to his 5 and a half grandchildren Johnny, Max, Mason, Lucy, Wyatt and a little Scrymgeour on the way. John was predeceased by his parents John and Alice Gargano of Cambridge, MA. A private memorial service will be held for his immediate family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a charity that was near and dear to his heart.
A tribute from his family:
For some, obituaries are finite, a brief encapsulation of our time shared with those that matter most, but not John. His is a legacy that lives on beyond the text, beyond the fleeting moment, but resonates through his loving family and the impact he made on so many lives in his short time with us. His memory will be forever tattooed, unique as a fingerprint, on the hearts on everyone he met.
John was a humble man, but was never shy about letting you know it. Some would consider him a brag, but his were merely the words of a self-made man trying encourage people to reach for the stars. That didn’t always go down well (surprisingly), but that was simply his way of motivating people to be their best self.
He may never have scaled mountains, but was an adventurous like no other. The insatiable drive to learn, to succeed, to never give up drove him to excel in whatever he put his mind to. John wanted to experience the biggest and best that life had to offer and didn’t settle for dipping his toe in the pool, he jumped right in, with is shirt on.
John’s lust for life, was insatiable and infectious. One glimpse at those turquoise eyes with a sparkle of mischief and love had us all enamored. The world will be a little less shiny, a little less fun and less crazy without him with us. But for those who had the privilege of knowing him, we carry a piece of him with us every day, a bit of bad, a bit of good, but always with us. We love you Dad, Papa and John, it was a privilege and an honor.