John Steven Tomcavage, 47

August 15, 2019

John Steven Tomcavage, age 47, passed from this life on August 15, 2019. Throughout his life, he bravely battled congenital heart disease, but never allowed it to prevent him from living a rich, full life. He was always smiling, even when times were rough. He was the loving father of two children, Lili and Arlo, who lit up every single day for him. He was a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School Class of 1990, Millersville University Class of 1994 and University of Pennsylvania. He was employed by Cube Smart on Application Development, which fulfilled his love of computers. He could often be found playing his ukulele and guitar, reading science fiction, playing trivia, cooking or playing board games with his children. He loved attending all of his children’s events, whether it was scouting, music or drama.

John is survived by his children, Lili and Arlo; brother, Mark Tomcavage, and his wife, Susan; sister, Amy Kattula, and her husband, Steve; mother, Carol Schillinger, and her husband, Ralph; four nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Twix. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Tomcavage.

Friends will be received from 10-11 AM with a Memorial Service to begin at 11 AM on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, 538 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to The Adult Congenital Heart Association, 2200 North Providence Road, Suite 6, Media, PA 19063 or to Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

“One good ride from start to end. I’d like to take that ride again.” The Grateful Dead

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Condolences to the Family

August 21, 2019

John was a great person taken to soon Best wishes to your family and mother. Linda & Bob Grebinger.

August 20, 2019

Our condolences to the entire Tomcavage family.  It’s so sad to lose a son, brother, and in our case, a god child.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob and Sally

August 19, 2019

Steven, you will be warmly remembered by your CubeSmart teammates. Thank you for always giving us a smile and a kind word. Rest easy, Steven. 
Jeff Rewis

August 19, 2019

Carol and Ralph
My sincere sympathy to you and your family.  I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.
Brenda Warner

August 18, 2019

How sad to lose such a quiet and gracious and FUNNY man so young, and to most of us in his ukule ambit, so unexpectedly. He once told me that his favourite book was “Ulysses,” and now, like Stephen Dedalus, he begins a further journey into our hearts and memories. In common with many of us in the ukulele world, one of his most-loved songs was “I’ll See You In My Dreams.” Bon voyage, Steven; we’ll see you in our dreams and happy memories of a good man. 
Tho’ the days are long, twilight sings a song of the happiness that used to be.
Mal Whyte

August 18, 2019

Dear Carol and Ralph,
We are so sorry for the loss of your son. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
In sympathy,
Priscilla and Peter Fias

August 18, 2019

Steven we love and miss you. You were an amazing father who raised two wonderful children. You were also a great brother, and I am a better person for having you in my life. I will always remember your sweet smile and your love of music and cooking. 
I know you are watching over us, and I send my forever love to you. God bless. 
Your brother, Mark

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster
538 West Chestnut Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
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