John A. Allen, 87, of Port St. Lucie, FL, passed away on April 20, 2021, at Treasure Coast Hospice.
John was born in Buffalo, NY on June 29, 1933, to the late Alfred P. and Anna M. Allen (nee Stahl). He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, Class of 1956. John was a proud veteran, serving in the United States Army. Prior to retirement, he was the Owner and Operator of a Logistics and Freight Management Company, AllTransportation which assisted in freight transportation, logistics, management, and consulting.
John cared deeply about his Notre Dame family and traveled regularly to South Bend for football games and alumni reunions. John would have celebrated his 65th Reunion as part of the Class of 1956. Cheer to old Notre Dame! John would often burst out singing the Notre Dame victory march, and he loved to say that he played football for the Irish though we know he loved to embellish stories!
John played Santa Claus for over 55 years to the Western New York Community – hospitals, pediatric centers, Notre Dame Club, neighbors, friends, and family. He and Mrs. Claus loved entertaining and engaging their friends and family.
John served as a volunteer at the St. Vincent DePaul Society Soup Kitchen in Buffalo, NY for 10 years with his cousin, Charlie, nephew, Mark, and many friends. John would walk in and say “Good morning, good people”, and welcome his guests in a similar fashion.
The Allen family vacationed to Old Forge, New York every year over the 4th of July with his sisters their children, and his parents. John and Shirley were a part of a couple’s club that for decades vacationed together in Rice Lake, Ontario, and they gathered for cards, cocktails, and fun once a month for many years. Good times had by all.
John and Shirley loved to travel, and they had many excursions with Fr. Pat and friends from the Newman Center of Buffalo, NY traveling to Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, and with family to Hawaii, Alaska, The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and of course to visit their children, grandchildren, and great-grandkids Chicago, Vermont, and New York City.