John F. Slevin, surrounded by those he loved the most, passed peacefully into God’s kingdom on November 14, 2023 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 5, 1955, John was the youngest of four children. He entered the military at the age of 17, serving in the United States Army, earning medals as a M-16 marksman and hand grenade specialist.
After living in Virginia Beach for the latter half of his childhood and early adulthood, John moved to Jacksonville, FL, where he met his soul mate, Pat Wilson. They married on November 21, 1986 and welcomed their daughter, Meghan Slevin, in 1994. A hard worker and fierce protector of his family, Pat and Meghan were the loves of his life.
After owning a wallpapering company in the late 80s, John went back to school. Through hard work and a drive to provide for his family, he earned his degree and spent the rest of his career in the Information Technology field. John worked for various IT companies before he worked for Florida State College of Jacksonville for the past 20 years. He held many titles through the years, such as the Lead Infrastructure and Data Security Engineer and ended his career as the Chief Information Security Officer.
John took great pride in his home in South Ponte Vedra Beach and his family revered him as a woodworking artist. He could often be found woodworking in his garage to create the most beautiful home possible for his family. John loved football; most notably the Jacksonville Jaguars since their inception in 1995.He found great joy in watching movies with his loved ones in his free time, especially his sister, Jaime, and his daughter, Meghan. John was remarkable at instilling his joys and passions into those around him that he loved.
He adored North Carolina and vacationed in the Blue Ridge Mountains whenever he could. John found great joy in visiting the home and property of American poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg. He spent many hours on his large property hiking. His favorite quote by Carl Sandburg was, “I'm an Idealist, I don’t know where I am going but I am on my way.”
John is survived by his wife, Pat; his daughter, Meghan; his sister, Jaime; his dog, Petey; sister-in-laws, Theresa and Kelly; brother-in-laws, Buddy and George; mother-in-law, Maureen, nieces; Emma and Stasia; nephews, Hayden, Colin, and Ian.
A Memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082, on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 2:00 pm(EST) with a reception to immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, his family has requested donations to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in John Slevin’s honor.
John Slevin’s family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses at Community Hospice Anne and Donald McGraw Center for Caring located at Mayo who took great care of him during the final days of his life.