John Joseph Berecek

Born: 08/15/1947 Passed:

John Joseph Berecek, 72, born August 15th, 1947 lost his fight with Cancer and passed peacefully and surrounded by his family on August 17th, 2019.

John is survived by his four daughters; Emily Cush, Stefanie Reynolds and their mother, Karen McKelley, Jaime (Scott Brubach) Berecek and Erin Berecek and their mother, Debbie Berecek; two step children; Gary and Candice Gilligan and their mother, Deborah Carroll; his two brothers, Joseph Berecek and Stephen Berecek; his sister, Barb (Ed) Michel; his three grandchildren, Justin Bartos, Brandon Bartos and Joelle Cush, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

John is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Lillian Berecek and his son-in-law, Mathew Cush.

John was born and raised in Canton Ohio. He graduated from Glen Wood High School and Malone College. He worked at the Timken Company for 40 + years and retired as a Principal Aerospace Quality Analyst. He had many hobbies and passions including photography, reading, music and off road-vehicles. He loved the mountains of Colorado. John was a man of faith and his Catholic traditions were very important to him. He had a passion for all music and his guitar throughout his life and he turned to it for comfort during his health issues. In the 60’s he was in a band named The Echos and the popular band The Chylds. He continued to play music even when he was no longer in bands locally throughout his life.

The family would like to thank University Hospital, Canton Christian Home and Aultman Hospice for the amazing care and support that they gave to John along with the family through his battle with Cancer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to Canton Christian Benevolence Fund at 2550 Cleveland Ave NW, Canton, Ohio 44709.

John’s family will receive friends at Little Flower Catholic Church, 2040 Diamond St NE, Canton, Ohio 44721 on Wednesday August 21st from 9:30 am to 11:15 am. A Catholic Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 am at the church. Interment will follow in St Louis Parish Cemetery.

Arrangements are at the direction of the Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home in Louisville. Condolences can be shared with the family online at

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13 Tributes to John Joseph Berecek

  1. Paul J, Carbenia says:

    Prayers And Condolences Joe, Steve, & All The Berecek Family.
    John The Pain Is Over Now. You Were Knocking On Heavens Door. And Pearly Gates Open For You. I Bet St. Peter Said John Is Here Now, Let Music And Party Begin. All Your Family, Friends Will Always Hold A Special Place In There Hearts And Minds Of All Those Great, Special Times & Memories. God Bless You And All Your Family.

    Love Paul Carbenia & Linda Kay…

  2. Diana Twiss says:

    Yo disfrutaba mucho escuchando a John cantar. Compartimos muchos momentos juntos y fue un gran ser humano. Lo lamento hay palabras.

    • Kathy Martin says:

      I worked with John at the New Phila. Timken for a few short years. We’d usually meet at the coffee machine before our shift. He was always upbeat and smiles. He got my day off to a good start. “Rest easy, John. If theres a Rock and Roll Heaven, I know they’ll be happy to see you!”

  3. John Tarulli says:

    John, our paths crossed many times at Timken. I always walked away with a smile and the same thought about you John……what a very nice, respectful person. Also ran into you a few times at nursing homes after we both retired where you volunteered your time and talent to bring joy to the elderly. Honored to have known you John. RIP my friend.

  4. Dick and Mary Ann Parr says:

    So sorry for your lose. I did not know John in school, but I want to let you know on behalf our 1965 classmates we send our sincere sympathies. May he rest in peace.

    Mary Ann (Edwards) Parr
    My husband and classmate Dick Parr

  5. Dewey Wise. says:

    Watching him perform at the Childs reunion in Green Ohio ,not many years ago. Love to watch him play. Prayers go out to him and all his family.

  6. Dewey Wise says:

    John you will be missed so much! Your smile was always there to lift us up. Your music also was a blessing for us as well. RIP my friend .

  7. Garry L. Rembert says:

    Going to Miss you my Friend enjoyed playing Music with you.. Praying for your Family. R.I.H

  8. Carl Duckworth says:

    I knew John for many years at the Timken Company. It was a pleasure to know him. He went out of his way to help people when they needed assistance. John will be missed by all how knew him. My condolences to Joe and Steve and all the family.

  9. Glynn Bower says:

    John and I worked together at Timken, New Philadelphia Plant for about thirteen years. We shared many discussions about music, family, friends, and general day to day life dramas, and philosophies. We enjoyed each other’s company so much that after we both moved on out of the work place to our private lives, we met at least each month to have lunch at Tim’s Tavern to enjoy our comrade lives of family, travel adventures, and discussions of the spiritual world. For some reason, we just hit it off so well. I’m very saddened by his passing, yet happy he is no longer in pain. I’ll be thinking of him every time I visit Tim’s and be reminded of his favorite two piece fish, hush puppies, ice water or soft drink, and the laughter we shared of our lives, family connections, ups and owns, spiritual connection and histories. I pray for you John…. I pray you will be comforted and will play your favorite songs and lyrics to the spiritual crowd we so often talked about. Love you and will miss you… Glynn

  10. Jeaneen McIlwain McDaniels says:

    I learned of John’s passing today. It’s been many years since I had seen him, but I have fond memories. My condolences to the family members. John was definitely one of the kind and good ones. A rare just plain good guy.

  11. Paula says:

    I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I have the honor of having your daughter, Jamie, as a friend. She is caring, smart, funny, beautiful, and lights up any room when she walks in. Rest In Peace, and thank you. “I pray you’ll be our eyes, and watch us where we go. And help us to be wise, in times when we don’t know. . . .”

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