john brancazio

John “Bear” Brancazio passed away on Monday, October 10, 2022, at Weirton Medical Center following a brief illness. He was 66 years old.
He was born on March 8, 1956, in Weirton to Dominic and Henrietta Angelo Brancazio.

A Catholic by faith, John was a member of the 1974 graduating class of Weirton Madonna High School. He spent 25 years as a general laborer for the former Weirton Steel Corporation. After his retirement, he invested in several rental properties in and around the Weirton area.

In John’s spare time, he enjoyed boating, flying single-engine aircraft, and attending car shows throughout the valley.

His family describes John as a generous man with a big heart. He loved his granddaughters and was especially close to man’s best friend, Damian.
John was preceded in death by his parents.

Left to cherish his memory with love and admiration are his wife Sara McDonald Brancazio whom he married on May 29, 2021, sister Joan (Jim) Dayoub of Weirton, brothers Stephen (Susan), Dan, Thomas Brancazio all of Weirton, Jared (Amy) Brancazio of Ft. Myers, FL., stepsons Christian and Alexander McDonald, and step-granddaughters Savannah and Avah Dupain, and additionally sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.

Bear’s request for cremation has been honored, and no services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton.

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  1. Johnny, you will be missed and loved for all the sweet and caring acts you have bestowed on so many. I have such beautiful memories of your family, since meeting you and Joani at Madonna. You are already missed by so many, a great tribute to your caring heart. Hugs to Dom and Keta. God bless you all.

  2. Stevie, Joanne, TJ, Danny, Jared and all family, we are very sorry to hear about Bear. Johnny was always so much fun and so kind when we were growing up. He had a good heart and a great smile. He will always be remembered. Sincerely, Andi and Joe Paolo

  3. Candle Selection 7My deepest sympathies to Bear’s family. Bear was a very close friend of the family. He was my late brother, Paul’s best friend, and my niece’s godfather. Rest In Peace, John.

  4. Johnny, I have many happy memories of going to school with you & Joanie for 12 years. My favorite recent memory is of how kind you were to my granddaughter at Starvaggi Pool – thank you. Taking comfort now in knowing you are pain free, enfolded in the arms of our Lord & with your family who have gone before you. Praying for your family here, who are missing you so very much. We will meet again.
    October 13, 2022

  5. The kids loved seeing you at the family gatherings, your crazy antics and your cars….especially Zach. Your kindness will be missed by all of us. Watch over us. Cousin Sharon, Jerry and family.

  6. I only knew Bear a smig . I lived on 18 th street and visited Buns as a teen walking all the way to their crazy fun neighborhood as a teen . I went to Prom with Buns and he always talked about his bro with such affection! Rest In Peace Bear. We’ll see you on the other side .

  7. Danny and the entire Brancazio Family, Sending sincere condolences, so very sorry on the loss of your brother.

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