John David Vernon

September 02, 1983 ‒ July 21, 2018

Newark, Ohio

John David Vernon, age 34, of Newark, Ohio and formerly of Bradenton, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 21, 2018. He was born on September 2, 1983 in Sarasota, Florida.

John was an honor roll student and senior software developer and was currently working for Improving Columbus.  John loved the outdoors and everything that nature offered.  He especially enjoyed fishing, whether it was on the banks of a pond or river or on a boat, deep sea fishing.   John took flying lessons and was dive certified.  He also enjoyed camping and hiking.  In his earlier years, he was a member of Boy Scout Troop #324 in Madeira Beach, Florida.

John is survived by his son Maximus David Vernon; his mother, Wendy (Ulin) Hamilton of New Baltimore, Michigan; his father, John N. Vernon of Stevensville, Maryland; a brother, Matthew James Hamilton III of Sarasota, Florida; maternal grandmother, Donna Lee Ulin of Bradenton, Florida; paternal grandmother, Martha Vernon of Mount Vernon and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

John was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Harold Robert Ulin and paternal grandfather, John Bryan Vernon.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where friends may call from 6 p.m. until the time of service.  Pastor Roger Tickle will be officiating.

Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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  • John there are no words to express how you must feel and our hearts are breaking for you. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    Take care
    Danny and Sharon Jones

  • How hard it would be to lose a son. We are so sorry for your loss. Keep his memories close.
    Janet and Lou

  • We are so very sorry for
    the loss of your accomplished son.
    How proud of his life.
    Great memories to keepin your heart.
    Mary Margaret & Denny Hudson
    (Friends of Leigh Ann)

  • My deep condolences to John and all of John David’s extended family. Please know that I am thinking of you in your loss.

    Joyce McFarland (Leigh Ann’s sister)

  • John,
    I’m sorry to hear of your son’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers. If I can help, let me know.
    Love to you,

  • John, you and Leigh and your family are in my thoughts these days and I pray for you as you grieve the loss of John. Know that you are loved and that I am here for you.

  • So heartbreaking to hear this about John’s son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, John and Leigh and your family . Sending love and hugs.
    Love, Barb and Dave Maguire

  • John,
    We are so very saddened to hear the news of your sons passing. Please remember that we are all here for you if you need us!

  • So sorry Wendy. My heart and prayers are with you at this tragic time. I love you both.

  • John,
    We are heartbroken to learn of the loss of your son. Please know that we care and will keep you in our thoughts and are here for you whatever you need.

  • John,

    This is so heartbreaking . A life gone entirely too soon. Our love and prayers are with you and your family. I know he knows how much he was loved and will be missed. Love you and know we are here to support you through this trying time.
    Anything we can do simply ask.

    Ed and Peggy

  • Thoughts and prayers from all of us on Kent Island. We will be praying for you all all your
    Family. Much love
    Linda Anderson

  • I am so sorry to hear this Wendy. It is way to soon for him. I love you and am thinking about you. I hope you know we are here if you need anything. He will always be in our thoughts. Love, Vicki Ulin

  • John,

    We are deeply saddened by your loss. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. We will be keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Motorola Family
    Salisbury Maryland

  • I only met John a few months ago. The two of us worked together on the same project at work and I was immediately impressed with his dedication, ability and mind. We got along very well, and I would have liked to have had the opportunity to have known him better. His loss is felt by everyone who met him.

  • John,
    We are so saddened to hear about John David’s passing. We are sending you lots of love.
    Much love,
    Kelly and David

  • Wendy,

    Words can not convey the sense of sorrow that I feel for your tremendous loss of your beautiful, smart and accomplished son John. My heart is truly breaking for you. All my love, Tina

  • John and Leigh – we are so sorry for your lost. Our thought and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Pat and Karen Latham

  • John and Wendy my condolences for your loss. John has been a great friend to me over the past 16 years and for the past 10 years my best friend. I thought of him as a brother and we did many things together and had some great times. He was a complicated person who had a lot to be proud of but also many regrets. We will all miss him dearly and I know he would hope we could all remember him with a smile instead of tears. My love and prayers goes out to all of you who will remember and miss my good brother John.

  • John,
    I am so saddened to hear of the passing of your son. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Damn you John. You didn’t have to be alone. You didn’t have to make the mistake that killed you. You had friends, family, people that love you. I’ll never forgive you for leaving so early. Who the hell is going to run the Minecraft server now John?

  • Dear Wendy and John,

    My heart pours out to you and your family at this time of unimaginable loss. This has to be the hardest thing for a parent to endure. My prayers are with you that you will be strong in faith and that God’s grace will carry you through this, as long as it takes.

    John was my oldest son, Michael’s (Auger) best friend so I knew John well. I opened my door to him on many occasions. He was always welcome in my home. In fact, he was the only one of my three boys’ friends who would ring the door bell and I always told him, “John! Don’t ring the bell! Just come in!” He was like another son to me and I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of his passing.

    I was always impressed by his soft-spoken manner, his politeness, and his helpfulness. You raised a good man who will be fondly remembered by many. I am praying for his soul and that he will soon be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven with open arms where he will live, finally, in eternal peace.

    God bless you all.