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John Francis Hickey was born November 10, 1950, to Mary Frances (Kembitzky) Hickey, and John Worth Hickey. He lived in Columbus for his entire life. He is survived by his wife Heidi (Rompler) Hickey (married February 1, 1975), children Heather and John (Joy), his grandchildren Mary and Caleb, and his six siblings (Pat, Mike, Tom, Paul, Mary and Jim) and their families. He was close with his extended family and will be deeply missed.
John was a force of nature despite battling a degenerative neuromuscular disorder that presented when he was a child. He was class of 1968 at Upper Arlington High School and spent some time taking courses at The Ohio State University before joining the workforce. He retired from Berwick Steel when he was 28, due to the progression of his disease. He filled his time with volunteer work and big adventures, expecting he had limited time to participate in these activities. As a result, he made a big impression on many people and ultimately had many amazing friends that enjoyed spending time with him. John volunteered his time teaching first aid at the Red Cross and offered his skills to support TOSRV (by motorcycle) and Ski Patrol. He enjoyed arranging SCUBA diving vacations for any friends and family willing to come along.
Please join us to celebrate John's life:
Sunday, January 14th calling hours will be held at Egan Ryan Funeral Home Northwest Chapel 4661 Kenny Road from 2pm to 5pm.
An informal wake will follow at Byrne's Pub on 3rd and Northwest in Grandview Heights at 6pm until everyone goes home.
Monday, January 15th at 10:30am a Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Magdalene 473 S. Roys Ave.
We appreciate donations made to the MOMM Foundation in John's memory, in lieu of flowers. Please click here: www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=Y4HYR4GMN68NC
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