John Francis Pisarski, Jr.
John Francis Pisarski, Jr., known affectionately as Johnny, passed away on June 30, 2023, in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia. He leaves behind a legacy of love, passion, and a need for speed that his family and friends will forever cherish.
Johnny is survived by his beloved sisters, Brenda Pisarski Mahoney (Tim), Victoria Pisarski Goldwater (Sam), Tracy Pisarski Huey (Chris), and his longtime partner, Sandi Skates and her daughter, Amber Winslow. Johnny held a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews, Casey Lynn Jones (Peca), Desiree Kilgore (Jeremy), Quinton Jones (Lindsey), Katie Dickerson (Trevor), as well as numerous great nieces and nephews.
Johnny’s journey began on March 24, 1958, when he was born in Newport News, Virginia. He spent his formative years attending school until he embarked on a new chapter at Augusta Military Academy in Augusta, Virginia. Later, he ventured to Aviano, Italy, where he attended Aviano High School. After completing his studies, Johnny returned to the United States, ready to embrace the opportunities that awaited him.
Johnny entered the workforce with an enterprising spirit, initially joining a swimming pool company. However, he soon realized his dream of business ownership. He took the leap and established his own company, County Carbanations, based in York County, Virginia. Johnny’s determination and dedication led him to further success when he founded J.P. Marine, specializing in constructing piers and bulkheads. Johnny left an indelible mark on the local community through his entrepreneurial ventures.
Johnny’s true passion lay in the world of motorsports. From a young age, he displayed an innate love for speed and the thrill of competition. Whether he was behind the wheel of a motorcycle, a stock car, or even a lawn mower, Johnny’s need for speed was unwavering. His commitment to his craft served as an inspiration to those around him. His races represented his personal pursuits and served as a backdrop for cherished family moments and shared experiences.
Johnny’s racing journey began at Cycle Park in Newport News, where he showcased his skills on motorcycles. His talents extended to go-karts, and he fearlessly raced at Langley Raceway. As a champion in both the mini-stock and grand-stock classes, Johnny achieved great acclaim at Langley Raceway. Additionally, he was an integral member of Brent Robinson’s pit crew, supporting the late model class driver at Virginia Raceway in Saluda, Virginia. Throughout his career, Johnny amassed a remarkable collection of trophies, symbolizing his unwavering dedication and triumphs on the track.
Johnny’s legacy will endure in the hearts of those who knew him. He will forever be remembered as a devoted partner and esteemed member of the motorsports community.
Johnny Francis Pisarski, Jr., will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to all those who have shown their support and offered condolences during this difficult time. Your kind words and gestures have provided solace and comfort.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.