obituary: John Vincent Kornetti

Jan. 20, 1965 – March 8, 2021

John Vincent Kornetti of Marathon Florida, age 56, passed away in his sleep from a heart condition on March 8, 2021.

John was born in the “Heart of the Florida Keys” at Fishermen’s Hospital on Jan. 20, 1965, the oldest of Mr. and Mrs. John “Jack” and Carmella Kornetti’s four children.

John was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Carmella Catherine Kornetti.

John is survived by his two sons, John “Casey” and Justin Kornetti; his father, John “Jack” Kornetti; older sister Veronica Lowry and her husband Steve and their three daughters; younger brother Paul Kornetti, his wife Aimee, his son and daughter, her two daughters and son; younger sister Stephanie Irvin, her husband Brett and their son; and the love of his life, Lisa Oberdick.

A graduate of Marathon High School class of 1983, John remained a pillar in this community through his love and passion for working with the community youth sports leagues. It was through coaching sports and hosting football camps that John was able to encourage and motivate young athletes to reach beyond the stars and to fulfill their dreams.

John continued to assist and help many through his dedication as an employee with the Florida Keys Electric Company for 28 years, then maintaining a successful landscaping business in the years following. 

John’s personality was simply infectious. He had a smile that could make anyone’s day. John loved his family and friends, country music and having pig roasts. He had many jokes. One of his favorites was to say how everybody liked him, because he was just so “darn pretty.” Then he would laugh his “Eddie Murphy”-style laugh. 


John had a heart of gold. His love for people and right-relations will be greatly missed, but seen through the many lives he had affected over the years. John, is, was and always will be, a soul that resonates the true essence of what this island has always prided itself on — love!

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, April 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the family’s residence.

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