John "Johnny O" Oliva

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December 7, 1961 ~ March 19, 2024

Born in: Rochester, New York
Resided in: Rochester, New York

John “Johnny O” Oliva (1961 – 2024)

John “Johnny O” Oliva, 62, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. He was born in Rochester, New York on December 7, 1961.

Johnny is survived by his lifelong partner and best friend of 25 years, Kelly Grassl, and her family: Kathy Grassl, Glenn Grassl, and Jennier and Michael Hayes. He also leaves behind his daughter, Crystal Stanley (Thomas); granddaughter, Jade Stanley; brothers, Nicholas (Cindy) Oliva and sons Nicholas (Jessica) and John (Erin); Michael Oliva and children Jonathan (Danielle) Oliva, Rose (Brian) Obi, and Michelle Oliva. He was cherished by many great nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents John and Rose Oliva, brother Andrew Oliva, granddaughter Gemma Stanley, and niece Stephanie Oliva.

Johnny will be fondly remembered by his childhood friends from the neighborhood. He retired from Vision Automotive and was known for his kind heart and infectious smile. He always brought laughter and warmth to any room he entered.
A loving message from Kelly: “You and me against the world, Love always Kelly.”

Friends may call Thursday (March 28th) 11 – 1PM at Vay-Scheich and Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road Rochester NY 14626. His Family Prayers will be held in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery following visitation at 1:30 PM. Please meet and gather inside the Dewey Ave. gate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lollypop Farm in Johnny’s memory.


Visitation: March 28, 2024 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

Cemetery: March 28, 2024 1:30 pm

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
2461 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612

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  1. My condolences to Kelly and the Oliva family. Such a good dude has left us. Friends since 5th grade when a big afternoon was riding our bikes and going to Taschetti’s for a pizza. Played ball all through school at Jeff where there were so many good athletes and Johnny was at the top of the list. We won the sectionals together in 1980 . Johnny was always fun to be around, always bustin stones promoting a good time.He had it all, the athleticism,the good looks and above all knew what a good friend was! I am going to miss our talks and periodic get togethers. RIP my brother.I love you and you will never be forgotten!!!!!

  2. Johnny O (Gabby) provided me with everlasting memories during our time together on the football field. Johnny was a premier football player and all around athlete and he could never stay quiet in the huddle. We will all miss Johnny for many different memories he gifted to us all. Rest in peace Johnny O, till we meet again.

  3. We lost a good one,I have alot of fond memories of John, I pray that he rest in peace 🙏🏾❤️

  4. Even though we hadn’t seen each other since 1968, my affection for you had always remained great. R. I. P. dear cousin 🙏🌹Protect your dearest loved ones from heaven

  5. I will always remember the great times we had with Kelly you and myself, I still can’t believe this is real, rip my friend you will be missed 💔

  6. Love you my friend….till we meet again….say hi to Andy for …R.I.H MY BROTHER 🙏🏾💔💔😢😢

  7. My friend Johnny o, we will miss you but never forgotten you were one of the fastest guys I knew great guy love D

  8. So sorry for your loss Kelly, i wish I could have been there been able to say something to ease your pain but I can’t R I P Johnny

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