Born November 26, 1948 in Waterbury, he was the son of the late John F. and Madeline LaPorta.
John was a Veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the US Army and was a member of the American Legion Kiltonic Post 72. He was an avid horse racing enthusiast.
He is survived by four nephews, Richard, James, Marc and John Sklenka; a niece Jackie Sklenka and several great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Josephine Sklenka.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, 1 p.m. at St. Dominic Church, 1050 Flanders Rd., Southington. Burial with military honors will be at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be prior to the Mass from 11:30-12:30 p.m. at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington.
For online condolences and directions please visit, www.dellavecchiafh.com