December 18, 1939 ~ August 17, 2020

Born in: San Francisco, CA
Resided in: Centre, AL

Mr. John Robert Lauricella, born Dec. 18, 1939, in San Francisco, Calif., where he graduated from Lowell High School before earning his BA and JD at the University of Arizona, was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and served as a Signal Corps Officer in the Armed Services before returning to San Francisco, where he practiced law. Upon retirement, he moved to Centre, Ala., where he died peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 17, 2020, of natural causes.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and stepson, Dr. John Ford, of Toulouse, France; and by his sister, Giovanna La Volpe. He is also survived by his nieces Giuliana and Alessandra La Volpe, nephew Guido (Yumei), and grandnephews Andrea and Dario of Rome, Italy; grandnephew, Max Mazzacurati of Tampa, Fla.; and cousin Leslie (Kenneth) Lauricella Wachtel and cousin John Lauricella (Shirley) and family of Woodland, CA.

Mr. Lauricella was preceded in death by his parents, John J. Lauricella and Bertha Traina; and his late brother-in-law, Albert La Volpe, and cousin John J. Traina.

He will be interred privately at Stone Mountain Cemetery on Aug. 20, with a memorial service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to: Stone Mountain City Cemetery Trust, 327 Shade Tree Circle, Woodstock, Ga. 30188.


Graveside Service: August 20, 2020 4:00 pm - August 20, 2020 4:30 pm

Stone Mountain Cemetery

Stone Mountain, GA 30086

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  1. Dearest Uncle,
    I cannot believe we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to you, you decided to leave this earth peacefully and quietly just like you lived. God chose it to happen in your sleep and we are very grateful for this.
    You will be missed. May you rest in peace up there with my dearest grandparents.
    Bless you,
    Alessandra and Max

    • Dear Liz,
      I am saddened to hear of John Robert. I remember him as a gracious and elegant man.
      Prayers for you in your loss
      Lisa Hallford

  2. To my much loved John Robert,
    I can’t believe you are gone. You sounded so well just a week before.
    Words fail to say how much I will miss you, as will everyone who knew you for the kind, thoughtful, generous accepting man that you are. You have always been and always will be near to my heart, an inspiration and role model.

  3. J.R., I don’t know where you are but I hope they have fried okra which I introduced you to on your first trip to Stone Mountain in 1988. I let you try both fried and boiled as okra was in season. You loved the fried but didn’t care too much for the boiled because, in your words, “I don’t eat anything that swallows faster than I do”. Beginning with that visit, we’ve enjoyed a thirty two year friendship which I shall miss. Just as I gave the rehearsal dinner for you and your “southern magnolia”, rest assured that John and I will continue to look after her.

  4. CandleImageJohn Robert was a wonderful neighbor and friend. He lived life to its fullest. We miss him.

    Kathy and Dean Buttram Jr.
    Centre, AL

  5. John Robert… Meet us at the South Gate with our puppies and kitty cats …
    KEEP A WATCH OVER US from your mansion on high … Find BEA and y’all stay close til we join you …
    Your last words to me were “ I LOVE YOU , JACKIE “ and I told you you were the first adult man in 30 years to tell me you loved me …

  6. CandleImageI will never forget John Robert and all his patience with Miss Lizzy! She ruled the roost and he was happy as a clam. They were a perfect pair. He was always so nice to all of Lizzy’s friends coming and going in San Francisco. He was so proud of his life with her. His sweet calm demeanor put us all at ease because we were a go-go crowd at the time – always doing things. John Robert had an almost a slow southern drawl that would just make someone slow down and appreciate life. I know he appreciated life with Lizzy and their friends and always found contentment where ever he was.

    I remember when Miss Lizzy and John Robert were at our son’s baptism. I have the best picture of the two of them holding our son and that big smile on both of their faces. We had so much fun together. Too bad we cannot turn that clock back. I could use some of John Robert’s calm and patience right now during all of life’s challenges. John Robert you will be forever missed. My life and my family’s lives enjoyed every moment we spent with you and Miss Lizzy. Rest and watch the wild ride we are all going through right now. Please send us some of your calm and patience back down to earth. Hurry hurry we need some now! Love you. Patrice.

  7. I lived next door to John growing up in San Francisco. We, the McShane family, truly loved John and his parents. I know life seemed to crawl in our high school days. But looking back, I wonder where all the time went. My love to John’s wife, sister and nieces.

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