It is with heavy hearts and immeasurable sadness that we, the family of John D. Albin are sharing the news of his passing. John passed away just after 11 pm on Wednesday February 20th at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. We would like everyone to know he was not alone at the time of his passing and that it happened very quickly. John had health issues and true to his character he fought to his last moment on this earth.
John was truly one of a kind. He was strong-willed and tenacious. He was a handyman’s handyman by trade and could build, fix, or replace just about anything. He owes that skill to his father JD. John had the quintessential relationship with his two sisters Jodi and Jana. He spent his whole life picking on them and giving them a hard time but also was the first to come to their defense when in need. John was the only son in his family as was the case with his brothers-in-law Thom and Chip. Three boys not blessed with brothers by birth found brotherhood through marriage. John was an uncle to nephews Charlie and JD as well as nieces Kelsey and Anna Caryn. He did his best to teach them to be strong and compassionate by his example.
John also understood that family was more than just blood and birth and he was proud to accept and be accepted by his step family. His step mom Judy always treated him like her own son who ironically is also named John. Step brother John with his wife Amanda and step sisters Shirley with her husband Chris and Sherri with her husband Tom became family and were loved by John and created his version of The JD Bunch.
As we remember John we don’t remember him as a saint or as perfect. He was an honest man with a strong constitution. He had a control freak streak in him as well as a little rain man. Anyone who knew John knew he like things the way he liked them just like his mom, Carolyn. John had a heart that was too big for his body. He loved his family and friends completely and purely. There will never be another one quite like him and we will miss his smile and his laugh and his jokes and his passion. We will miss his thoughts and ideas and opinions and counsel. We will miss his friendship. We will miss John because he brought spice to our lives and joy to our hearts.
A family gathering will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019 at Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove, Virginia. A coffee gathering will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 10 a.m at the First Christian Church, 8484 Old Hammond Hwy.,Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a memorial service to begin at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary.