JOHN CAIRE Jr.
John Caire, Jr., beloved father, grandfather, and cherished friend, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, April 9, 2017. He was 91 years old. John was born on February 3, 1926, to John and Mary Caire of Fresno, CA. He grew up in west Fresno and graduated from Edison High School. His adventurous spirit and fun loving ways continued throughout his life! After graduation, John enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. He served his country with extraordinary pride from 1944 to 1946, as a ball turret gunner on a B17 Bomber. Dad was thrilled to be selected to participate in the 14th Central Valley Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in June of 2015. "It was so exciting to see all the memorials and have total strangers come up to me and shake my hand, and thank me for my service!" When the war ended, Dad returned to Fresno and attended Fresno State College. He graduated in 1950, with a degree in Business. It was there that he met the love of his life, Eleanor Pariz Sarkisian. Together they shared 60 wonderful years of marriage. John worked his entire life. As a child, he sold vegetables door-to-door from his parents' garden, he picked and packed fruit, and worked at The Bulldog Drive-In during his college years. He owned and worked in the auto supply business for more than 60 years. He also enjoyed his 'finds' at Sunnyside Swap Meet, attending local auctions, his standing number was "40". John never hesitated to stop and check out every yard sale he passed. He loved the San Francisco Giants, especially their winning years! And never passed up a good card game of Gin. John was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He was a devoted and faithful friend to all who knew him. He loved attending and supporting the many activities of his children and grandchildren. His family cherishes the many memories of all the events they shared together. John was a very proud Dad and 'Papa'. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Bennett-Kahler and husband Dana; daughter, Patricia J. Caire; his son, John Caire, III and wife Terese; and son, David Caire and wife Vicki. He also leaves behind his four grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Bennett, Maria and John Paul Caire, each of whom were very dear to him; as well as his nieces and nephews. A Celebration of John's Life will be held at Pardini's, 2257 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA, southeast corner of Shaw and Van Ness, on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Central Valley Honor Flight Foundation, 5260 N. Palm, Ste. 122, Fresno, CA 93704; Hinds Hospice, 2490 W. Shaw Ave., Ste. 101, Fresno, CA 93711; or The Poverello House, P.O. Box 12225, Fresno, CA 93777.
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