John Ryckman Del Debbio, 74, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2022, with family at his side in Naples, Florida after his courageous battle against cancer. Born September 7, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his loved ones. Known as “Poppy” to his grandchildren, he enjoyed fun times with the kids and helped guide them in their journeys through life.
John was a devout Catholic who spent his life helping those in need and continued during his retirement years through his work with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was also president of the Orchid Cove Condominium Board where he met many wonderful friends and served the community he loved. John was an avid reader who always strived to develop his mind and expand his knowledge of the world. Some may even be familiar with his blog where he mused on the goings on of the world.
John met the love of his life Colleen at the Denny’s restaurant in Rockford, IL where they both worked. They remained blessed and happy in marriage for 47 years.
He is survived by his wife Colleen (Naples, FL); children Dominic (Kippi) and Alisa; grandchildren Danielle, Giovanni (Kristen), Alexis, Rocco, Gianna, Jazlyn, and Harrison (Rachel); great-granddaughter Charlotte; siblings Janet (Gary), Marianne, Margaret, Paul (Jennifer), and Jeanne (Marty); as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. John was preceded in death by his parents John and Evelyn, sister Marie, and granddaughter Cierra.
John was treasured by many, and his memory will continue through all who were fortunate enough to know him. Please join us in honoring John at his funeral Saturday, April 23, 2022, 10 a.m. at St. Finbarr Catholic Church of Naples followed by his Celebration of Life at 1:00 p.m. at the Orchid Cove Clubhouse, 25005 Peacock Lane Naples, Florida 34114.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations in his memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s St. Finbarr Conference in Naples, Florida. Donations can be made via PayPal at Saint Vincent de Paul, Naples FL and referencing the St. Finbarr SVdP Conference under the What’s this payment for? drop-down OR mail your check to St. Finbarr Catholic Church, 13520 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34114 (noting the payment is for the St. Finbarr SVdP Conference}.