John James Sloan
John James Sloan," Big John", as he was lovingly called by all who knew him, passed away on September 13, 2019 surrounded by family at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 76. John was born on May 12, 1943 to David and Kathryn Sloan of Colver, PA. Son of a coal miner and one of three brothers, all three US Army Veterans, John served in Europe in the early 1960's during the building of the Berlin wall.
Although born and raised in Colver, his life led him along many paths to different places he would call home. He spent most of his life outside of Pennsylvania, but his thoughts were never far from where his heart called home. His fondest memories and most of his stories were of his younger years in Colver and of the friends and family he grew up with. In essence he left Colver, but Colver never left him.
Big John was an avid Steelers fan and he spread Steeler fandom from one generation to the next, transcending blood lines. He created a whole family of Steeler supporters: His sons, daughters-in law and grandkids are all major Steeler fans because of him. His contagious love and loyalty to the Steelers and to Pittsburgh were part of his defining traits. Big John's blood was truly black and gold! His distinctive sense of humor made him unique. He will be forever missed.
John is survived by his wife of 53 years Renate Sloan, son David Sloan and wife Janice, son John Sloan JR and wife Marianna; five grandchildren; Kathryn Sloan, Sydnie Rodriguez, Makenzie Sloan, Elliott Sloan, Lincoln Sloan and great-grandchild Kanaan Rodriguez. He is also survived by his brothers; David Sloan, Daniel Sloan and wife Connie Sloan.
Published on November 6, 2019

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