John P. Chioda Jr., 63


John P. Chioda Jr., 63Worcester – John P. “Jay” Chioda Jr., 63, formerly of Melvin Avenue in Shrewsbury, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 after a period of declining health.

He is survived by his sister and principal caregiver, Nancy M. Tibbetts and her husband Richard of Worcester; two brothers, Jeffrey J. Chioda and his wife Carla of North Brookfield and Joel J. Chioda of Shrewsbury; a son, John Chioda of Worcester; a daughter, Leah Chioda, and a grandson, Logan of Auburn; his former wife, Diane (Richards) Chioda: and nieces, nephews, extended family, and a host of friends.

Born in Worcester, a son of John P Chioda Sr and Nancy A. (Bacchiochi) Chioda, he graduated from Shrewsbury High School and joined the U.S. Air Force to serve his country during the Vietnam War. Upon returning, he lived in Shrewsbury and Worcester for most of his life.

Mr. Chioda worked as a motion picture projectionist for IATSE union local 96 at various movie theatres in the Worcester and Boston areas. He also worked as a stage hand for Showtime Services of Shrewsbury at venues around New England.

He enjoyed reading, sports and was an avid fan of all New England sports teams.

The Chioda family would like to thank the Veterans Administration Chelsea Soldiers Home for the care, compassion, and understanding they gave to Mr. Chioda during a difficult time.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit with the family Thursday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester. A funeral service will be celebrated at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial with his parents will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea 02150 or the Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

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