John L. Filasky, Sr.
August 17, 1951 - January 11, 2021
John L. Filasky, Sr., age 69, of Middletown, DE, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021.
Born in Long Island, NY on August 17, 1951, he was a son of the late Raymond J. and Elizabeth Ann (Healy) Filasky.
John was raised on a cabbage and potato farm in Middletown where he learned the value of living and growing in a small farm community. He enjoyed playing football and wrestling while attending Middletown High School. John had an appreciation for sports cars and music. Most days in a Filasky home began with a few verses of “It’s A Beautiful Morning.”
He attended the University of Delaware for 2 years before returning to Middletown to own and operate Filasky’s Ag Services with his father and brother. During this time, John met and later married the love of his life, Cindi, and started their family. In 1981, he had achieved his dream of owning his own farm and began what is now Filasky’s Produce. Many students from the M.O.T area had their first job at Filasky’s and continued to return through their college years. John was not only an employer, but a mentor for most, and expected everyone’s best while helping them grow into a good person. He would often do this by telling a story or quoting an ageless phrase. John took pride in growing his famous “John’s Corn”, and enjoyed greeting customers, friends and neighbors from his familiar chair under the pavilion. He loved working with his family in their little corner of the woods. John’s career in agriculture extended beyond the farm in service to the agricultural community. He was involved in both the county and state boards of the Delaware Farm Bureau as well as the Delaware Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. John also served on the state board of the USDA Farm Service Agency. The Filasky Family have been named farm family of the year and earned various other recognitions for their good and sustainable farming practices. John’s love of agriculture lives on in his family and is ever present in the ideas he brought to the farm and the organizations he served. His forward thinking, attention to detail and willingness to try new things brought many improvements to the farm. John took great care in instilling the same values he learned from his parents into his children.
He was a delightful combination of his father and mother. John was a faithful friend to many. He was always ready to lend a helping hand for family, friends, church or community. Very few people can say that they knew what they wanted to do with their life in the first grade; John knew. He always wanted to farm and had the proverbial green thumb. The focus and drive John had that enabled him to be a successful farmer, in spite of having to start from scratch, were the same things that made him a success at life. He was committed to his wife and family in ways that helped them all achieve individual successful. Regardless of how demanding John may have seemed, one could readily see in his family how much love he bestowed upon them.
John is survived by his wife of 47 years, Cynthia (Thomas) Filasky; children, Julia Winkler (Vince) and John Jr. (Nicole), both of Middletown and Tim (Danielle) of Newark; siblings, Ray (Eileen) of Mechanicsville, VA, Roseanne LeRoy of Wilmington and Peggy Filasky of Redding, CA; and grandchildren, Frank Winkler and Juno Filasky.
All services will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to The Old Bohemia Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 61, 1690 Bohemia Church Road, Warwick, MD 21912.