John Domenic Caligaris

john caligaris

January 14, 1959 ~ June 3, 2019

Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

John Domenic Caligaris, born on January 14, 1959, was the third son born to his proud parents, Domenic and Rose Caligaris. He is preceded in death by his parents, Domenic and Rose. He is survived by his two children, Tony and Kelsey; along with his brothers, Robert and Fred (Janie) Caligaris; also nephews and nieces Natalie, Vincent, Craig and Heather. He was born in Pueblo and graduated from East High School in 1977. He grew up with a very tight knit group of friends who remained close throughout his lifetime, and could tell endless stories from the fun they all had growing up. His longtime nickname in this group is 'Hazard.' John co-owned Domenic and Sons Paint and Body, along with his brothers, mother, and father. John was a Certified Master Auto Body Technician and Certified Welder. He was excellent with any type of repairs, and was always willing to lend his skills to anyone who needed items fixed. John was an avid sports fan, and a longtime Denver Bronco season ticket holder. He coached many youth sports including football, baseball, softball and basketball; he continued long relationships with those who he met on the fields. In addition to coaching, he often was gracious with his time and resources to support youth sports in the area. He was instrumental in starting the East High Alumni Association by raising funds for the construction of the heritage hall and creation of the Athletic Hall of Fame. For his service to his alma mater, he was inducted into the Golden Eagle Hall of Fame in 2012. He played in the very first cannon game, and was happy to donate a free gold paint job to the cannon any time East won the game in recent years. John was an avid golfer and won numerous tournaments that he was very proud of, including the U.S.C. Million Dollar Shootout, Italian Invitational, and Walking Stick Club Championship. He carried a 6 handicap and cherished the evenings he could walk straight onto Walking Stick Golf Course from his home for an impromptu practice session. Above all else, John loved nothing more than being a father. He will be greatly missed, but more importantly, fondly remembered by his lifelong friends, golfing buddies, his family, and all who loved him. Funeral services will be held at Christ the King Parish, 1708 Horseshoe Dr.; Rosary Friday, June 14, at 6 p.m. and Funeral Mass on Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. Entombment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. A reception will be held afterwards at the Walking Stick Community Center, 4310 St. Andrews Dr. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suncrest Hospice, 1721 W. US Hwy 50, Pueblo, CO 81008. Online condolences,

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  1. My deepest condolences go out to the Caligaris family , thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet and work for such a wonderful family. May God keep you strong and watch over you during this difficult time.

  2. To Johnny and all of his family – what a life of honor you, and your entire family, have led. We are all lesser now without you.

  3. Tony, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. My love always , Signora Balizet

  4. My sincere condolences to family. My memories of Johnny go to Middle school days. Tackle football at Heaton Junior High and at Belmont Park. I was grade younger than Johnny and Johnny and friends taught me about contact sports. We had so much fun and Johnny played with all his heart, as did the rest of us. May The Lord be with you Johnny until we meet again on that glorious football field in Heaven. Can not wait to see you again! In Jesus Holy Name!

  5. Dear Caligaris family, It saddens me to hear of Johnny’s passing. I so remember his beautiful smile and treating me like a sister. He is at peace now and resting up to become one of the best angels in heaven. Love you all and may God’s love and peace be with you.

  6. Fred & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you peace of mind from all of your wonderful memories of your little brother. He will forever be in your hearts.

  7. Prayers up to you and your family!! A great guy who helped me more than once!! Thanks John!! My heart is sad!

  8. To all who knew and loved John you are in my prayers. Gods speed to your brother, father, uncle and friend. I’m so sorry for your loss. May the peace of our lord Jesus Christ be with each one of you at this most difficult time.

  9. My sincere condolences to the Caligaris family. I’ve known Johnny since kindergarten and considered him not just a friend, but as a brother. His passing saddens me deeply and I will forever be proud to be counted among his close friends. Rest in peace “Zerd”.

  10. To the entire Caligaris family,
    We wish to express our sincerest condolences in the loss of your brother Johnny, our hearts ache for you.
    God has another angel around the throne tonight.
    With all our love,
    Marcie & Dennis Morgan

  11. Sincere condolences to Johnny’s family. He served the LORD faithfully with all his heart, and did a great amount of service with his time, talent, and treasure. May he Rest iIn Peace with the Lord our God.

    Karen Quintana Planalp
    Pueblo EHS Alumna

  12. RIP Johnny C! Your life was dedicated to giving back to those you loved and the community. Always smiling and enjoying life that’s how I will remember you my friend. Your courage and strength in fighting a terrible diease was remarkable. Gods comfort and peace Tony, Kelsy, Bob, Fred and Family.

    Dave & Christie Shaddy

  13. My deepest condolences to his family and to the many friends in his life. I will always remember his wonderful ways and friendly smile. Rest In Peace John.

  14. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Caligaris family especially Robert and Fred. We lived across the street and I remember when Johnny was born. Johnny and his brothers would come over sometimes and watch Saturday morning cartoons. They also would play with my brother David. Johnny was a sweet little guy. I wish we would have kept in touch better. Gone too soon. May the many wonderful memories comfort his family at this time.

  15. My heartfelt condolences to Johnny’s entire family. Although we didn’t see much of each other in recent years we were lifelong friends from our days at Belmont Elementary through graduation in 1977 and beyond. His illness and much too early passing saddens me greatly. Rest in Peace Haz.

  16. So very sorry for your loss! I have many fond memories of “Hazard”. Such a good guy that will be missed by so many. My son and I will be out of town the weekend of his service. My apologies for not being able to attend. He will never be forgotten!!

  17. I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. So many fun memories of him in high school, and his friendliness at the few reunions we had. Thoughts and prayers to his family and our fellow classmates/friends, who I know are hurting terribly right now.

  18. To all of the Caligaris family I send my thoughts and prayers. I hope all of the good memories of the family times you spent with him will comfort you during the hard times that come with a loss of a loved one.

  19. My deepest sympathy to the Caligaris family.

    Hey John “Hazard” so sorry to hear of your passing. My mom used to call you “tragedy” and I finally said, “mom, there’s a difference between hazard and tragedy” . She always made sure she got it right after that. God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow and God Bless you John!! I left Pueblo 25 years ago and every-time I had to take my car to get it repaired, I always wished I had a Domenic & Sons to go to.

    Rest in Peace my friend!

    Ted Vinci

  20. Our deepest sympathy to Our family the Caligaris family. Our love & prayers now & always. May God Bless you with peace & solace at this time of deep sorrow. Our dear cousin will be truly missed.

  21. Fondly remember the stories that flew around our dinner table recounted by the three Neari brothers (Phil, Pat and Paul) about growing up in Pueblo with close knit friends that have spanned so many years. Although I’m much older and left the area, our memories of a childhood growing up with family and close friends follows us wherever we go and comforts us in times of loss. We send our heartfelt condolences to the family,
    Mary Rae (Neari) Staton and Mack Staton

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