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Updated: 05/31/2014 08:00:01AM

John C. Birri

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John C. Birri, 78, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Hollywood, Fla., passed away Monday, May 26, 2014.

John was born Nov. 4, 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Max and Lee (Fessel) Birri.

John is survived by his children, Stephen and Timothy Birri, Melissa Hutchison, Michael Sessa and Jacqueline Sessa; and 11 grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Sheila, in 2013.

John served with the U.S. Air Force Reserves in Ohio. He was a great cook, could fix anything and was well loved by all who knew him.

Services: A celebration of John’s life will be held Thursday, June 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ewing Funeral Home. Burial will be held the following day, June 6, at 10 a.m. at Gulf Pines Memorial Park, Englewood, Fla. Ewing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.