John Priestly

Obituary of John A. Priestly

Dansville – John A. Priestly Sr., 92 years of age of Dansville, passed away Monday morning, July 17, 2023 at the home of his daughter and son in law in Honeoye. John was born September 23, 1930 in Greece, the son of Charles and Florence Northrup. John grew up in Greece and lived there for many years. In 1971 he moved to Hornell where he resided for a few years prior to moving to Springwater and retiring in Dansville. John and Fran Taskey were married November 1, 1955 and together celebrated over 58 years of marriage prior to her passing away in July of 2014. John was a US Army veteran, and an accomplished auto body repair man. He was employed at Monroe Collision, Main Tire in Dansville and after retiring, he worked at Pullman Manufacturing in Rochester. John’s work ethic was evident in his everyday life. He loved working on and rebuilding cars, especially antiques. He bought, rebuilt and sold many of them. He did the work himself when he could on his vehicles and home and enjoyed helping his children with that as well. John was pre-deceased by his parents, Charles and Florence Northrup, his wife Fran Priestly, his son Jack Priestly and his 14 brothers and sisters: Rheta, Ruth, Marge, Clarence, Gladys, Vi, Alice, Pat, Chuck, Velma, Ethel, Millie, Frank and Don. He is survived by his children, Rose Priestly of Dansville, Tarry Priestly of Dansville, John Jr. (Robin) Priestly of West Monroe, LA, James Priestly of Youngstown, OH and Jo (Michael) Szymanski of Honeoye; 8 grandchildren: Candy, Michael, John III, Theresa, Robert, Joseph, Alisha, and Michael II, 12 great grandchildren,1 great-great grandchild along with several nieces and nephews. Private services will be held for John at the convenience of his family. Committal and interment will take place at Mt. Vernon Evergreen Cemetery in Springwater. Memorial contributions may be made to Ontario County Hospice.
A Memorial Tree was planted for John
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