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Jackie Avallone, 74

Jackie Avallone

Jackie Avallone

John Allan (Jackie) Avallone, Sr., age 74, of Huntersville, entered his eternal home in heaven on April 30, 2012. John was born on Sept. 4, 1937 in Provincetown, Mass., and was raised there by his loving mother Elizabeth and stepfather Daniel Williams.

He was educated in Provincetown schools and entered the U.S. Air force in 1954, serving as a Flight Control Fabricator in strategic air command, stationed at Plattsburg AFB in N.Y. After leaving the Air force he married Donna Pereira on Sept. 7, 1959. They moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he obtained a commercial pilot’s license from Burnside Ott Flight School.

He worked as a journeyman plumber for Local 719 in Ft. Lauderdale and as an Oil Burner Technician, retiring in 1999. He was very active, enjoying competitive motorcycle racing, speed roller skating, and cycling. He remained an avid cyclist throughout his entire life, even taking a 30-mile bike ride just a week ago. He participated in cycling both as a competitive racer and in charity events with his three sons.

Family members include his wife, Donna Pereira Avallone; three sons, John Avallone Jr., and his wife Debra of Louisville, Ky.; Glen Avallone and his wife Leslie of Mooresville; Brett Avallone and his wife Carol of Louisville, Ky.; two daughters, Cindy Diaz and her husband Juan of Louisville, Ky.; Heidi Rupani of Hyannis, Mass.; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three brothers: Raliegh Avallone of Newton, Mass.; Francis Silva and his wife Carol of Truro, and Robert Silva of Provincetown, Mass.

Friends may offer condolences to the family at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville, on Monday, May 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. A Christian service will follow in the chapel. An on-line guest book is available at www.raymerfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: VA Medical Center 1601 Brenner Ave. Salisbury, NC 28144 or Charles George VAMC 1100 Tunnel Road Ashville, NC 28805.

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