John Aveggio was a fun-loving, hard-working, and absolutely amazing man who is loved by many, many people. He passed away on March 5, 2012, with his wife and daughter by his side, after an extremely difficult and very courageous four-month battle with cancer. John was only 52. His family and friends are all incredibly proud of the determination and dignity he showed throughout the fight.
John, who loved life and was a man of many interests, was born in Redwood City on June 21, 1959. He grew up San Carlos and attended local schools up until college. After graduating High School, John spent one year attending Humboldt State when he wanted to be a forester. After that year, his interests changed, and he transferred to the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he secured two majors, one in Chemistry and one in Chemical Engineering, in only four years. He graduated from UCSB on June 10, 1983. But he didn't stop there. Furthering his education, he obtained a Masters of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of San Francisco on May 19, 1989.
In 1984, John met the love of his life, Candy, on a houseboat trip on Lake Shasta, and they were married two years later. John and Candy lived in Redwood City for seven years before returning to Humboldt, and their daughter Casey was born two years later in 1995. During this time, John worked for SHN Consulting Engineers and Geologists. He quickly rose up through the ranks to become Chief Technical Officer of the company. John was a very smart guy, and he continually updated his knowledge in the engineering field by attending multiple conferences and workshops, as well as earning several more engineering degrees.
John was a very caring guy who loved his family and friends with all of his heart, especially his "two girls" Candy and Casey. John loved to do anything outdoors. He was an avid dirt bike rider with his buddies, and was a member of the motorcycle club Far West, where he also served as treasurer. John went on numerous hiking, skiing, and dirt bike trips with his friends. Even when at home, John was always outside, working in the backyard and playing with the family's two border collies, Annie and Cowgirl. He really loved the puppies, and they really loved him. John also loved to spend time out at Redway at the family cabin. The motor home was also a big part of his life. John and Casey went on many daddy-daughter trips skiing at Shasta and boating at Trinity, where they both had a blast.
John loved to travel and take lots of trips with his family. They went to Hawaii numerous times, as well as the Caribbean and Mexico. He loved to be adventurous during trips, from exploring old forts to riding jet skis through the Mexican arches. He always kept those around him laughing, and there was never a dull moment with John.
John was preceded in death by his mother, Emma Aveggio. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Candy, and his daughter Casey, whom he adored. He is also survived by his father, Jim Aveggio, his mother-and-father-in-law, Betty and Jerry Comfort, his sister Linda Beebe and her family, his brother Tony Aveggio and his family, and his two brothers-in-law, Jace and Bob Comfort, and their families. He also left behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Services for John will be held on Sunday, March 18, at 2pm, at the Arcata Methodist Church on 11th street.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in John's name at http://www.lls.org/#/waystohelp/donate/donateonline/.
We will love you forever, Daddy, and keep you in our hearts until we see you again! xoxo