John Workman

In Memorial

Hatteras, NC/ Pearce, AZ
John Patrick Workman, 54, of Pearce, AZ died Monday, March 25, 2013 on Hatteras Island, NC. He was born May 18, 1958 in Elyria, OH to Charles B. and Meta O. Kirkpatrick Workman. John spent his winters in Pearse, AZ and worked for the National Park Service on the Outer Banks of NC. He loved his work with the Park Service on Cape Hatteras Light and the beach, and the Arizona desert. John was a graduate Elizabeth City State University with a teaching degree and taught school for years in Arizona.
Besides his mother, John is survived by three brothers, Todd Workman and wife, Ann of Columbia, NC, Eric Workman and wife, Melanie of Louisville, KY, Dennis Workman of Kansas City, MO; two sisters, Susan Workman Metz of North Ridge, OH, Robin Workman of Elizabeth City, NC; his children are Jesse Weiland of Las Vegas, NV, John Zuchowski and children, Madison and Hailey of Greenfield, IN, and Nicole Smith Thomerson and children, Garrett, Savannah, Brenden of Litchfield, OH; and several nieces, nephews and many other family and friends. John was preceded in death by his father, Charles B. Workman, daughter, Nicole Smith Thomerson, and a sister-in-law, Billie Workman.
John’s family and friends will miss him very much, including his dog, Hairy.
A memorial service will be held at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm with Rev. Joe Pierce officiating. Friends may join the family for visitation and viewing time from 1:00 to 3:00pm prior to the service.

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  1. Carol Workman Durig

    Aunt Meta and family, words cannot express how sorry I am. I wish there was something I could say to ease your pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  2. Angelia Workman Nace

    This world has lost a wonderful man, but Heaven has gained an Angel. Cousin John will be missed, but he has left behind so many great memories and love for his family. He lived his life the way he wanted and found happiness in each adventure. R.I.P. Ranger John.

  3. Kimberly Rodriguez / Maria Workman

    There is nothing I can say that will ease the pain but as I sit here and reminisce of all the good times/ memories I can think of nothing but happiness and laughter. Even know I catch myself smiling when I think of him, he was just the type of man with the personality that makes you fill with joy. I dont cry because he is gone but I smile because one day I will be there to join him.

  4. Grant & Sandy Badendyck

    Dear Jesse and family

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad. Meetng him was a pleasure such a nice and friendly man. May his memories comfort you and know that we are here for you.

    Grant and Sandy

  5. Kayla

    Hey John.. I know your in heaven.. I heard about this Monday.. You was a close friend to Doug that is married to my nanny. You was there when they go married. You was the person that let my nanny go free to be with Doug! Even though i didnt know you I love you! You sounded like a GREAT friends to my nanny and Doug as well.. We will alway remember you!! <3 Keep looking down on us! R.I.P.

  6. Joseph Guy Webb

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. John was a ray of sunshine in a sometimes very dark world. I must have played cards with him 300 times but would give anything for one more hand. I’ll miss him always.

    “Everything done in life requires a Workman” -John

    Rest in peace buddy!

  7. Jerry Hart

    Growing up in the same neighborhood as John I would often visit his dad at the end of Pleasant St. John always seemed to have something to do to keep himself busy and out of trouble. I will miss him. As far as I know he never had anything bad to say about anyone regardless if they were a bad apple. John would give the shirt off his back to help anyone. I often would ask for his opinion on how to repair a vehicle or what not. GOD BLESS.

  8. Kanna B.

    First time I met John was through a family friend of mine named Adam. Best conversation I had in a long while and it was nice to have a pair of intelligent eyes staring back at me. He helped me open my view to a lot of things without knowing it and even got me interested into different cultures and their history. I’m going to miss how he talked and his humor, if you’re up there and see a tall kid named Willie tell him I said Hello.

  9. Evan Pickford

    I had a great time working with John at Cape Hatteras. Just a fun, positive person. You will be missed.

  10. Theresa Morgan Walker

    My heartfelt sympathy for Johns whole family we went to school together but haven’t seen each other in years but got to reconnect a couple of times on facebook i just would like to say he was a good guy and he will be missed by everyone that knew him.

  11. Patti Adcox-Smith

    John was like a brother to all of us,and will be sadley missed. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. R.I.P.

  12. Patricia Jones Jirousek

    So sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless, The Jones Family- North Ridgeville

  13. Sarah Lewis

    I met John in 2006 when he was teaching PE at the school I teach at in Elfrida, AZ. John spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, and many football games at our home this past season. I was so happy to be able to spend some quality time with him again. He came by our house the day before he left for Hatteras to say goodbye and the last thing we said to each other was “I love you!” I will miss him so much but I feel good knowing he got one last chance to say goodbye to everyone before leaving this earth. My boyfriend Erich will miss being able to watch football and talk about North Ridgeville with you. Happy trails, John. You made a mark on the lives of many. And Joseph, I remember that quote of his too, “Everything in life requires a Workman!” Vaya con dios, amigo.

  14. Ginny Shreaves

    I enjoyed my time working at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. John was a man that made an impression on everyone he met. He will be missed! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

  15. Thayer Broili

    John worked for my unit, the Resource Management Division, at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. He served as a seasonal biological technician managing the shorebirds and turtles on the Seashore. He had previously worked for the Interpretive Division at the Seashore and had worked for the National Park Service in Arizona.

    I certainly had an appreciation for John as a solid employee who helped provide guidance to some of the younger staff. He was very knowledgable and interested in the Seashore’s natural and cultural resources and had the gift of being able to convey his knowledge and enthusiasum to everyone around him, both fellow employees and the public. But mostly I appreciated him for being an all-around good guy with an outgoing, upbeat, and caring personality. He always had a joke or a story at hand and a sparkle in his eye. He was a “real” person. He will be missed by his fellow “Parkies”.

  16. Marie Reed

    My condolences to the family. John had worked at Cape Hatteras for several years, and he will be missed. I always enjoyed hearing about his “other” park in Arizona each spring when he returned to Cape Hatteras. His smile and upbeat attitude were always a ray of sunshine.

  17. Kristel Nelson

    John, I will miss you. Thank you for always smiling-they were contagious. I enjoyed working with you at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

  18. Betty Emery

    I was sadden to hear of the news Monday, when I was reading his posts of FB just on Sunday….

    Our deepest sympathy go out to the Workman family, our thoughts and prayers to you all.

    John, you are a wonderful buddy, a good friend, always had a smile to share, never seemed to ever let things get to ya. You made a wonderful life for yourself and there for your family. You have experienced amazing things during your travels.

    You will be missed my friend….

    The Coffey Family
    N. Ridgeville, OH

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