John  Fiorillo

John J. "Big John" Fiorillo Sr.

Thursday, April 16th, 1931 - Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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Hudson Falls

John J.Fiorillo Sr. “Big John”, 88, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on April 16, 1931, in Fenimore, NY, he was the son of the late Dominick and Florence (O’Donnell) Fiorillo.

In 1952, John enlisted into the United States Army, serving in the Korean conflict, and was in the military until 1953. On July 11, 1954, John married Shirley Goodale at St. Mary’s Church Hudson Falls.

For many years John loved his job at Dempsey Block in Glens Falls. After their closing he worked for the Jointa Lime Company in Glens Falls until his retirement in 1990.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s/ St. Paul’s Church in Hudson Falls and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 296.

John worked hard all of his life to support his family that he loved very much. We will forever remember him as a man of steel who was tougher than nails but had a heart of gold. He raised his children to know the value of a hard work and the importance of being a man of your word. He was a devoted father and his greatest pleasure was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We will be forever grateful for the gifts he gave us; he will always be the standard for how we judge ourselves and our actions. He is our rock.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his siblings, Guy, James, Margaret and Mary Fiorillo.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife of 66 years, Shirley; his children, John Fiorillo Jr., Michael Fiorillo, Thomas Fiorillo, his wife Sue, Kevin Fiorillo, his wife Betty, Debbie Arnold, her husband, Ronald, Stephen Fiorillo, his wife, Dawn, Donna Clark, her husband, Patrick, Karen Linendoll, her husband, Jason; his grandchildren, Tonia, Johnny, Anthony, Sarah, Jennifer, Mike, T.J., David, Tony, Joyell, Krystal Rose, Meredith, Melissa, Bryan, Tim, Christina, Jessica, Sydney, Jason and Megan; his great-grandchildren, Hailey, Jasmine, Marcus, Greyson, Jack, Mia, Tessa, Mia, Zoe Fiona, Tatum Rose, Liam, Nathaniel, Teagan and Noah; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank Mary Stein, ANP, and the staff at Homeward Bound, the staff at Washington Center Adult Day Program, and the staff at Home Instead for the love and care they provided John. A big
“thank you” to Mom for the selfless time, the long hours of care for the man she loved and for honoring his request to be at home.

Dad, you will be with us forever.

Due to the recent health crisis no public services will be held at this time. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. A Memorial & Service will be held at a later date and time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John’s memory can be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc. Northeastern NY Chapter, Pine West Plaza Building 4, Suite 405, Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12205 or to Adirondack Vets House Inc., 26 Pine Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

Arrangements are in the care of M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828. To view John’s Book of Memories and post online condolences please visit
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Due to the recent health crisis no public services will be held at this time. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. A Memorial & Service will be held at a later date and time.



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Bonnie Roycewicz

Posted at 06:23pm
I didn’t know him personally but I know some of the family (the children). We rode Bus 21 together. Heartfelt sympathies to all. I always admired both he and Shirley for raising such a large family and doing such a great job at it. May he Rest In Peace and you cherish those fond memories you hold close to your heart.
“Love, like a beautiful song, carries on in the heart when the last note is silent.”
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❤️ Bonnie (Archambault) Roycewicz

Donna Clark Posted at 01:00pm

Bonnie, thank you for the kind words. Family was always important to dad; we have many fond memories that we hold dear to our hearts.

James Murphy

Posted at 09:00pm
My condolences to Shirley and the Fiorillo family. I am saddened to hear of John's passing. Having been lifelong friends, I have many fond memories of John, Living next door to the Fiorillo family on Margaret St all through the 1940's, playing kids games in the street. [At that time Margaret St was a dirt road.] Walking to St Marys school summer and winter. Memories are the one thing that no one can take away.

Donna Clark Posted at 02:28pm

James, thank you for the memory of dad. We all have many happy memories to share; he will never be forgotten.

Tom french

Posted at 04:08pm
Remember john very well from jointa lime Very nice man

Donna Clark Posted at 02:37pm

Tom, thank you for thinking of dad and sending a message.

Megan Linendoll

Posted at 07:52pm
I woke up that morning, not knowing that God would call your name. When I heard the news, I thought about how I didn’t get to say goodbye. I didn’t understand, just three more hours and you would’ve been home. Now I know that it was one of your secret plans. You didn’t want to come home for all of us to watch you suffer. I find peace in that the last thing you said to me was “you’re a pretty girl, come over here and give me a kiss.” I was running when you succumbed, but I know you would’ve wanted me to be doing what I love.

You left me with beautiful memories that I will cherish forever: stashing your shirt with apples at the orchard, bringing Jason and I to McDonald’s to sit with the old ladies and you said to not tell grandma because you didn’t want her to think you were cheating on her, stuffing rolls in grandma’s purse at Golden Corral, listening to my at-home violin concerts, pushing you around the hospital, critiquing my driving, being there to watch me graduate, and picking on you filling your pockets with whatever you laid your hands on.

You will never be able to see me get married and my own children, but your Italian temper and rants about hard work will be passed on.

A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands put to rest. God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart. I know you’re watching over me everyday high in the sky. Cut lots of wood and collect lots of forks and plastic gloves. Until we meet again, I love you Grandpa.

Jennifer Langlois

Posted at 07:46pm
Papa you were so full of life. Singing Christmas songs in February. You are the reason I won’t eat Swiss cheese or raisin. The reason our plates were always clean. The reason I don’t have duck feet. The reason I know how to play solitaire and know how to crack a walnut. You taught us so much in your time here with us. The 2 most important things: work hard and love your family. I know your in a better place now but boy are you going to be missed.

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