John A. Roslan, Jr.

October 6, 1964 - October 12, 2018

John A. Roslan, Jr., of North East, MD, passed away on October 12, 2018 at the age of 54, surrounded by his family after a brave battle with colon cancer.

John was born in Wilmington, Delaware and attended A.I. DuPont High School as well as University of Delaware where he studied Computer Science. He went on to enjoy a career at Delmarva Power working in the IT Department.

John was a loving father and could always be overheard proudly proclaiming his children’s many accomplishments. He had a witty sense of humor and could bring laughter to even the most somber occasions. He was a self-taught musician and enjoyed playing guitar at his Church services. Just like his father, John was a dedicated Blue Hen fan and loved attending University of Delaware football games and tailgating with his family. He also avidly cheered for the Baltimore Ravens every Sunday, especially for former UD alum, Joe Flacco. He loved to eat crabs as frequently as possible and enjoyed boating and fishing in Lewes with his family. John had an affinity for numbers, cooking, knot tying, and extra-terrestrial phenomena. He loved driving around in his truck, one of the few vehicles that could accommodate his 6’4″ frame. John enjoyed participating in various activities within the North East area, especially visiting the Turkey Point Lighthouse near his Chesapeake Isle community. John will forever be remembered for his clever personality, strong faith, and big heart.

He is preceded in death by his father, John A. Roslan, Sr. He is survived by his beloved mother, Joanne (Gutowski) of Lewes, DE; loving siblings, Michael (Susan Carpenter) of Unionville, PA and Kimberly (Mark) Courtney of Middletown, DE; adoring children Dylan, Maurissa, Seth, and Caleb; niece and nephew, Devon and Daniel Courtney; and many cherished friends and extended family. John will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

John’s family would like to thank the amazing Union Hospital staff for taking such wonderful care of our family during such a difficult time.

A visitation for family and friends will be from 10 am until 11 am on Monday, October 22, 2018 at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 2431 Frazer Rd. Newark, DE 19702, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered to The Union Hospital Foundation, Baskets of Hope, Attn: Beth Money Cancer Program at Union Hospital, 106 Bow Street Elkton, MD 21921.


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17 Condolences for John A. Roslan, Jr.

  • We love you & miss you every day, Uncle Johnny! We were so lucky to have you in our lives. You had the most subtle, yet hilarious sense of humor & I especially enjoyed reading your 411 book to you. You are certainly gone too soon, but you fought every day with such bravery and courage. I really admire the positivity and faith you showed all the way through. We have such wonderful memories together that I will always cherish! Until we meet again, enjoy some crabs up in heaven with PopPop for me! So glad that you are at peace!


  • I knew John briefly but enough to know he was loved by many. We became friends through our sickness. He was a true warrior and his faith never faltered. I grew to love him as many others did and I will miss my friend. I’m a better person because of him. I’m so happy I was able to celebrate his final earthly birthday with him. Fly high my angel friend and we will meet again. Much love to the family. Thank you for allowing me to be part of his life.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this difficult time,, its truly hard to find the words to say but always know we are always here for you

  • I had the good fortune of hiring John at Delmarva Power. He was a good worker and a lot of fun to be around. He grew so quickly in that job and is sorely missed by his coworkers.

    God bless you John.

    John Scoggin, Newark DE

  • As a housekeeper at Union Hospital I was able to see John most every day as he was on the MSU wing. I always looked forward to visiting with him while cleaning his room and making sure he had everything he needed, including a shower mat for the puppy. After his first 3 days, inspite of what John had been dealing with, he always greated me with his amazing smile and kinds words. On the day of his passing, my heart was heavy for thinking of my own mother’s passing, and October 12th would’ve been her 90th birthday. John smiled at me as soon as I entered his room. He lifted my heart that morning as he did every day. I will always remember him. Prayers to you all. RIP my friend.

  • John was a good friend. He will be missed dearly. We had several nice chats when he needed someone to talk to. He lit up a room when he entered it. We will never forget John. We are so glad that he had the love of his siblings, mom and children. Also all the friends and extended family. John had so many talents. His music, his knowledge of computers and so much more. You will be missed John. Everyone he has touched will now have a angel looking down on them. We love you John

  • Matthew 5:4, Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

    Kim: We are so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. We will pray that the Lord will accept your tears of sorrow and will give you strength in the days ahead. Our sympathy to the rest of your family and special prayers for your dear mother. We love you. Jan and Tom Wiley

  • In this difficult time,may God hold you close to His heart, where He can feel your deepest loss, and fill you with His deepest love.

    With sincere Sympathy
    The staff of Heartland Hospice.

  • What a privilege to know John for a little while.
    He was courageous in his battle with cancer.
    He will be greatly missed by all of us at Union Hospital and the Cancer Resource Center.
    Love and prayers to his family and friends.

  • John thank you for introducing me to those fresh Chesapeake blue crabs. You will be missed by many. RIP

  • Sending prayers to his children and all of his family and loved ones. May you RIP John.

  • RIP John !! You will be missed.

  • Sending my prayers to John’s family, he was such a sweet man he would come to the outpatient department at Union Hospital frequently either if it were for just labs or lots of tests that the doctors would order. He was always trying to make me laugh and always asked how I was and asked about my family. He came in with him sisters n law and dog a lot. I’m just so glad he’s not suffering anymore. I will miss seeing him.

  • My Heart Goes out To You And your Family He Was A Great Man It Was A Pleasure Meeting Him.

  • I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

  • John and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you Joanne and to John’s wife and children. My Mom is also keeping you and your family in her prayers. So sorry for your great loss.

  • I just learnt about John’s passing early this morning. I had been thinking that I had not heard from him in a while and I wanted to send him a note and check on him. His Facebook account had been deleted and I soon found the news about his passing a month ago.
    I met John in one of the colon cancer support groups, back then his picture was the Python logo, and sharing interests, we became friends. We checked on each other, we cheered each other through hospital stays and bad times, we talked about raspberries and computers, he was happy to show me his new Mac laptop, and we talked about a lot of things. It’s been a month since he passed and I will remember him whenever I do things with my Raspberry.
    Goodbye, Brother John, I really appreciated your friendship.