John M. Petrella (Brother John, BJ) went to be with the Lord on August 11, 2018.
BJ was born on 11-13-1953 in Cortland, NY. John graduated from Cortland High School and later graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor's in History.
BJ was predeceased by his father, John Petrella Sr., father and mother-in-law William and Carmella Maniaci. John is survived by his wife Elizabeth Maniaci, his mother, Marjorie Petrella, his sister Stephanie Robinson, sister-in-law Ann Ashfield (Tom), brother-in-law William Maniaci Jr. (Corrine), four nieces, Anita Besharat, Andrea Besharat, Alexandra Maniaci, and Adrianna Maniaci, and Godfather to Kaylee Whitsett and Greggy Whittsett, was like the son John never had.
John was employeed at TC3 as the Communications Manager. He began his career in December of 1977 as a receptionist, and was employed there until he retired on May 25, 2012. Prior to TC3, he worked at Byrne Dairy and held various other jobs while attending college.
John was an avid sportsman who loved the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. Of his multitudes of interests, painting historical miniatures was a life's passion that began at an early age. He was an active member of the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society (HMGS) and attended many of the HMGS' conventions as well as hosting numerous games throughout the year with local gamers who would gather from the near vicinities. BJ looked forward to and enjoyed the camaraderie he shared with his fellow hunters and gamers.
John had a special soft spot in his heart and a love for animals. Over the years, he rescued many animals that were injured or without a home and befriended any that crossed his path. John was a fun loving man whose sense of humor was infectious and his compassion for others was beyond compare. He was never without a smile and always made the time to listen and offer kind words to console others.
BJ had many relatives, colleagues, and friends, some who were considered brothers to him and he will truly be missed. There will be no calling hours as per John's wishes. Anyone who would like to make a donation in BJ's name may do so to the Cortland County SPCA located at 879 McLean Road, Cortland, NY 13045.