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Johnny Petrucelli

Johnny Petrucelli, passed away on Dec. 24 at the age of 65 after a 42-year fight against Multiple Sclerosis. He was born April 2, 1946, in California. He is survived by his wife, Sandie, eight children, 19 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He also leaves behind two sisters, an uncle and a large extended family.

He graduated from Big Bear High School in 1964, and still holds the record for the fastest time on the 15 foot rope climb (4.3 sec.).

Longtime resident, he owned Fireside Lodge, Goldmine Snowmobile Rentals and EA 
Mechanical, a commercial heating and air conditioning company. Over the years his company worked on Big Bear Inn, Summit Plaza, Mountain Gallery, Senior Citizen Center and the first phase of Northwoods.

John played baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates Triple A Team after high school and in 1968 he was the youngest Journeyman ever turned out in California.

John never complained or felt sorry for himself, he always had a twinkle in his eye and a contagious laugh to share. He loved his family more than words can express. He will be forever missed by all.

Services will be Saturday Jan. 14, 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. It lieu of flowers, please make a donation in John's name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4594, New York, NY 10163-4594.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:12 pm
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper