John D. Climer

john climer

November 24, 1947 ~ September 4, 2023

Born in: Syracuse, NY
Resided in: Greece, NY

John D. Climer

Monday, September 4, 2023 at age 75 peacefully surrounded by his loving family after a long illness.  John is survived by his wife, Bonnie J. Climer (Cummins); his son, Shawn M. (Kelly)  Climer, his daughter, Michele M. (Jason) Noskie; his grandson, Cameron M. (Amanda) Vargo.
John was raised and predeceased by Doris and Albert E. Climer; survived by his step-mother, Esma Climer; He grew up with his brother, Charles E. Climer (Debra); his sister, Marie C. (predeceased by James) Preston; step-brothers, Tom (Dodie) Hartmann, John (Martina) Hartmann and Jim (Tarra) Hartmann.
Later in life, John found his biological parents Josephine Ackerman (Griffin) and predeceased by Joseph L. Marks.  With his discovery he gained many more brothers, Charles (Tracy) Ackerman, predeceased by Rhys Marks; sisters Beth (Dan) Dockstater, Cherrie (Richard) Wight, Eileen (Tom) Covey, Helen (Ron) Hust, predeceased by Joanne Ackerman, Leslie (Alan) Halstead, Nancy (Louis) Marino, predeceased by Rebecca Marks, Rhonda (Edward) Litherland.
John loved his family including many nieces, nephews and cousins; his friends, especially his Tim Horton’s family.  He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
John’s visitation will be held Sunday, September 10th 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Road.  His Funeral Service will be celebrated Monday, September 11th at 11:00 AM at Messiah Lutheran Church 4301 Mt. Read Blvd.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to MCC Foundation, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623 or The Open Door Mission 156 Plymouth Avenue #1834 Rochester, NY 14608 in his memory.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit


Visitation: September 10, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Service: September 11, 2023 11:00 am

Messiah Lutheran Church
4301 Mt. Read Blvd.
Rochester , NY 14616

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in John D. Climer 's name.

Open Door Mission

156 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester NY 14608

Memories Timeline


  1. Bonnie,
    Our family will never forget John, he was such a kind man and always made us laugh! We will be praying for you and your children in the coming days.

  2. John was a bigger than life presence. Quick to joke and laugh but a very, very caring man. His concern for our children, especially our daughter- his “step-niece,” will NEVER be forgotten.
    ❤️ Our thoughts are with you all.

  3. Bonnie, Shawn, Michele, Chuck and Debbie, Marie, Essie,
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. John was a great guy, I always enjoyed conversing with him. Being that we consider the Climers as family, it feels like we have lost one of our own. He will be missed.

    Love to you all,
    Bruce and Jeanne Carroll

  4. Uncle John,
    You will be greatly missed. You have touched so many lives and made so many great memories. I will always remember the times that we have spent together especially during the holidays. We will always cherish and love You. Until we meet again. Fly high my angel.

  5. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to enjoy being part of your family. You are all in our thoughts.

  6. I´ve known John and his family all my life. We called each other cousins. He was a larger than life character. Always a ham, making jokes and cracking you up. I´m very sorry for his family especially my dear friend/cousin, Marie. Love and light to y´all. Wish I could be there to pay my respects but know that I´m there in spirit.

  7. I haven’t seen John in 60 years but I remember going to NYC with him and the rest of the Times Union paperboys when we won a contest seeing who signed up the most customers for the Times Union. I never forgot him. RIP John.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Bonnie, and to all who knew and loved John. We’ll remember the good times planning our high school reunions with you both. May you find comfort in fond memories and the love and support of family and friends. Marsha & Phil Hazen

  9. Bonnie, Shawn & Michele,
    We were so sad to hear of John’s passing. Our world got a little darker with his light gone but heaven just got a whole lot brighter. He was a friend from the day we met, and we were lucky to have had him part of our lives. We will never forget all his kindness, his big laugh and his gentle soul. God Bless.

  10. He will be truly missed and so happy I got to meet Bonnie and him. Loved spending time with him at family functions also so happy he made it to my youngest son’s graduation party. R.I.P.

  11. uncle John you were always there for me and my family I cannot thank you enough for the time you gave me with help. I will always cherish your jokes and laughter’s. All the family gatherings we had together.. you were very talented on all aspects of carpentry. Thank you for teaching me.
    Until We meet again..

  12. John is part of some of the happiest memories of my childhood- he was so much fun and a great, decent guy- he taught me how to swim! I spent so much time with Marie, him and Bonnie and the Climers when I was a kid, I feel as though they are my family as well!

  13. John was our good neighbor and made us Laugh with his Great sense of humor. He welcomed us when we were moving in. Our Thoughts & Condolances are with you Bonnie…
    Love Deb & Gary

  14. When John found his family and when I met him for the first time I thought that he was a good man because he is. He always made us laugh. He always loved his family. I was very proud to meet the man and have him part of the family and of course have us part of his family. Bonnie I am sorry I could not make it. But you guys will be in my thoughts and heart. Bonnie also I want to let you know that you will always be family too. No matter what.

  15. Bonnie, Shawn & Michele- I just learned of John’s passing and was not only shocked but saddened. Your family was one of our first memories of moving into our first home and John was such a good neighbor. Even though almost 40 years have passed he still remained friendly & happy to see us no matter where we were! Our deepest sympathies
    John & Mary Conlon

  16. Bonnie, Shawn & family,
    I will miss my chats with John. He was a special person & fun to talk to. May he RIP.
    ~Kinita Coe

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