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Visitation: 3:00pm – 4:00pm Saturday May 20, 2017 Whitley’s Funeral Home
Service: 4:00pm Saturday May 20, 2017 Whitley’s Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: At a later date
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John Machonis III (aka Choner), 53, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at his home in Charlotte, NC. John was born on March 31, 1964 in Worcester, MA to John and Edie Machonis and grew up in Schaumburg, IL (suburb of Chicago.

John had an undeniable passion for all sports – especially hockey and baseball. He was an All Star baseball player in Little League. He played hockey for the Schaumburg Kings and was a two-time recipient of the Brian Masino Award for Outstanding Goal Tending. He attend Schaumburg High School where he played baseball for 2 years and was a hockey goalie for 4 years. In 1979, he attended the Olympic Training Camp for Goal Tending. John graduated from Schaumburg High School in 1983, Bridgton Academy in 1984, and Drake University in 1988, where he belonged to the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Fueled by his love of sports, John lived life to the fullest, always cheering on his favorite teams - Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs, and Atlanta Falcons. Horse Racing, (especially attending the Kentucky Derby) was a passion he shared with his family.

John was an extraordinary Salesman and Sales Manager, with a special gift for mentoring. John was a true people-person. Everyone he met became a new friend, building a new chapter in his life story. John had a way of making everything simple and fun. He lived his life as a go-getter with a hunger for adventure and spontaneity. Being an animal lover, he had a special place in his heart for his fur-babies.

John is survived by his wife, Carol Rapp; two sons, Tyler Rapp (Leslie Rapp), and Kevin Machonis (Alexis Machonis); parents, John and Edie Machonis; brother, Jim Machonis (Laura Machonis); nephew, Chris Machonis. Extended family, two sisters, Cyndi Miller and Sharon Rapp; father-in-law, Fred Rapp; two nephews, Mark Miller and Matt Miller (Beth Miller).

The family will receive friends from 3:00pm – 4:00pm Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Whitley’s Funeral Home 1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd, Kannapolis, NC 28083 (704.933.2222). Service will be held at Whitley’s at 4:00pm.

Donations can be made in John’s memory to: Humane Society, American Heart Association, and American Diabetes Association.

The family has set up a go fund me page at https://www.gofundme.com/john-machonis-funeral-fund

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From: Tom Drysch
"I know my brother Bobby would have agreed we thought of John as a Brother. Love him dearly. Glad he is with the Lord in Peace now."
From: tom mirus
"i am sorry for your loss of a good man.I grew up with john and he was always funny,friendly to me always,and am grateful he passed through my life"
From: Cynthia Kiesling
"So sorry for your loss, keeping you and your family in my prayers. I remember John from Schaumburg High School. He was a really sweet guy and a great athlete. RIP"
From: Dawn Cohen
"So very sorry for your families loss. Thoughts and prayers"
From: Laurie Webster
"John was my first little nephew. I was 9 years old when he was born and I wrote a poem for him when he was a baby. John was a fun and loving guy. Several years ago he drove up to Worcester Mass with his son Tyler to attend a reunion concert of a band his uncle (my brother) had performed in for many years. I don't know what possessed him to drive that far but I am so glad he did. We had a wonderful time. He was happy and clearly had a great time. It was so nice to catch up with him and to meet Tyler and I know John was very proud to show him off and introduce him to extended family. I am very sad for this loss. I have very good memories and I know he meant a lot to many people. I wish I was going to be there for the story telling because I have a few to tell. I've enjoyed going back and looking at old photos and remembering. My deepest sympathy to Carol and Tyler, Edie and Sonny and Jim and Laura. I'm sorry I never got to meet you Carol, perhaps someday we will. I am so glad he chose to drive up to Massachusetts that day. It was the last time I saw him. With much love to my beloved nephew. My Mom will have kept the door open in Golden house for you and will welcome you with open arms!"
From: tom ramset
"carol and tyler my deepest sympathy and to other family members that I never met. john was one of a kind. and a great a guy as you will ever meet. I have one consolation over losing john during our earth journey togeather that I will have a least one friend I will rejoin on a heavenly journey. so long buddy i'll meet you on GOD'S golden shore."
From: Idette Minus
"So sorry for the loss of this young man. Prayers for all of you"
From: David Vawter
"John was a good friend and a GREAT guy. He was my pledge brother at ATO. I was fortunate enough to visit your home while we were at drake. Although we had lost contact over the years I had often though about him and wondered how he was doing and what he was up to. Rest in Peace my brother! Love DV"
From: Sue Baran-Petersen
"This is hard to write. I think John's family knows how much I loved him. We were very close in high school, and I never stopped trying to reconnect with him until we finally met up again in 2012. I am so, so sorry for your loss. John was unique in so many ways. I hold all of you in my thoughts as you navigate this difficult time."
From: Jeff Imes
"My condolences to the entire Machonis family. John and I were good friends. We worked at Tru Green together and played fast pitch softball together. He also came to my wedding in Florida. Miss him love Rest in Pease ChoCho God has a keeper."
From: Barb and Doug James and Family
"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write this message of condolence. John was born to wonderful parents (Edie and John Machoinis) and I (Edie's sister) had the privilege of occasionally babysitting for him when we all lived in Worcester MA. many years ago. I remember how excited the Webster and Machonis families were when our first nephew (my parents first Grandchild) was born. He was an adorable child; full of fun and loved by all. John will always have a place in our hearts and although we have never met, I send family hugs and deepest sympathy to Carol, Tyler and the family who loved and cared for him in his later years. God bless you all. May happy memories help you through the difficult days ahead. We are with you in spirit!"
From: Martha Forkey and Family
"Deepest sympathy to John's family and friends. Remembering John, the little blond boy who stole our hearts. Jen and Jackie remember Maine vacation and family togetherness. We send our love and loving support Martha, (always Mark), Jen,Todd, Tanner, Jackie,Mike, Brady,Connor,Lindsey,Matt and Baby Isla"