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John Battaglia

John Battaglia

Wednesday, September 22nd, 1948 Sunday, September 8th, 2019

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    James Romanelli-Stephen Funeral Home
    89-01 Rockaway Boulevard
    Ozone Park, NY
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    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    James Romanelli-Stephen Funeral Home
    89-01 Rockaway Boulevard
    Ozone Park, NY
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    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Third Visitation

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    James Romanelli-Stephen Funeral Home
    89-01 Rockaway Boulevard
    Ozone Park, NY
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    Thursday, September 12th, 2019
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Fourth Visitation

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    James Romanelli-Stephen Funeral Home
    89-01 Rockaway Boulevard
    Ozone Park, NY
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    Thursday, September 12th, 2019
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, September 13th, 2019 | 9:45am
    St. Helen Church
    83-01 157 Avenue
    Howard Beach, NY
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    Friday, September 13th, 2019
    9:45am
  • Interment

    Fresh Pond Crematory
    61-40 Mt.Olivet Crescent
    Middle Village, NY
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Joe Maiorano

Below is my post from my Facebook page remembering John:

Those of you who know me know that I am not the kind of person who sits around saying “Remember when.” Except for today …. Why? Well today I was deeply saddened with the news of the passing of an old friend and mentor, John Battaglia.

I remember when … I was 19, when the phone rang one day in July 1981. It was a guy named George who was looking for a drummer to round out a wedding band. The band rehearsed on Thursday nights at John’s house on 109 Street off Atlantic Avenue in Ozone Park. I passed the audition and that was the start of a ten year journey which laid out the road map for the next 38 years. Every Thursday night was rehearsal, followed by a weekend of playing weddings, cabarets, and the occasional smoke filled dive bar. I remember this one bar we played at on the corner of 106 St and Jamaica Avenue in the summer of 1984. For six weeks did a Friday/Saturday …. Sound check at 10 followed by 4 sets from 11 until 4, followed by a ridiculous amount of tequila until 6 or 7 in the morning. Fun times!!!

John played bass and was the band’s front man. He was a mentor, a good friend and one heck of a cook. Thursday rehearsals usually started with dinner. If you were ever at John’s house, you stayed for dinner. That’s how it was. We were a family… we ate together, laughed together, drank (a lot) together, and sometimes cried together. We had a lot of good times. It was a tough decision to leave the band in 1991. It was time to move on, I suppose. I last saw John in September of 1999. Cathy and I were in NYC for an event. On the way home we made a detour through the Midtown Tunnel and into Queens to visit John, Tony and their families. When I arrived at his house his first words were “Ya stayin’ fa dinna, right?”

My heartfelt condolences go to John’s wife Linda and his three sons, Scott, Greg and John Michael.
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Comment | Posted at 07:18am via Condolence

Doug Damm

My high school classmate, we got our first job together in 1964 @ The Big Bow Wow, football, stickball & softball teammates, bought our first boat together in 1966 and promptly capsized it in the Atlantic Ocean off Ft. Tilden, travelled together to Expo 67 in Montreal, was the first of our group to get married and was laser focused on his future both as a provider and husband & father. May you rest in eternal peace.

Doug Damm
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M Battaglia

Dear John, When God Blessed me with a Brother ,God blessed me with the Best Brother in the Universe. Your kindness, respect, caring, thoughtfulness, generosity, loyalty, family love, friendly love and passion for the well being of others will always remain in my heart. You were one wonderful person and when God needed an Angel, God got the Very Best. Thank you for being You. And May God Bless You Always, Your Loving Sister , Marie
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Scott & Family, Sorry for you loss. Kristy, Dana, Jen, Caitlyn, Lisa, Kristin, Jamie, Kaitlyn, Jacque, Jabreel and the rest of HL/Nord.
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