John Joseph Larish
West Henrietta, NY
Tuesday March 24, 2020
John Joseph Larish passed away on March 24, 2020 at age 91. He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Rose Ellen; children John (Katherine Schneebaum), Mary, James (Susanna Suh) and Susan (Darril) Otto; grandchildren Ashley (Mitchell), Courtney, Tyler, Charlotte, Sophie, Aidan, Colin and Julia; and great-granddaughter Sloane.
John served as an officer in the Army during the Korean War and was proud to have been part of the effort to rebuild South Korea. He was active in the St. Anne’s Church community, serving as a lector, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 60 years.
Much of John’s career was spent at Kodak, where his territory as part of the Marketing Education team included the Middle East, Africa, and Japan. He loved the extensive travel and made many friends around the world. After retiring from Kodak, he started his own company, Jonrel Imaging Consultants, writing articles for popular and technical publications and speaking around the world. He also appeared frequently on WXXI-AM radio, reporting on business and technology.
John had a passion for sharing his knowledge and experiences. He published over 50 books, the last of which chronicled his fight against cancer. John was also a passionate collector of crèches, presenting a yearly display at Sacred Heart Cathedral, and ultimately donating much of his collection to the University of Dayton. In his later years, he transformed into St. Nicholas each Christmas and visited with countless children, encouraging them to, “Do something special for someone each Christmas.”
John's mass of Christian burial and life celebration will be scheduled at a future date.
In this time of crisis, we ask that you perform an act of kindness for a neighbor, family member, friend or stranger in John’s memory.