Tribute to John A. Dolvin - KC8LII
August 11, 1936 - November 4, 2011


John A. Dolvin, 75, of  Wick Campbell Road, Hubbard, OH was a son of Charles and Gladys Miller Dolvin.  He was a graduate of Hubbard High School, of the Lutheran faith, and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. John had a natural ability for dancing which led him to become a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios. He loved to shoot pool and once played a game of 9 ball with the famed Minnesota Fats on Oct. 26, 1965, at a local Youngstown Tavern.

Mr. Dolvin and his wife, Hessina Alli Dolvin, loved bicycle riding and visited many bike paths including Metro Parks in Cleveland, Oil City, Pa., Lowellville, and Loraine in New Castle, PA.

John spent many hours as a ham radio operator. Starting out on a CB, his handle was “Weed Hopper” on the AM side. He talked all over the United States as well as out of the country. His call sign was KC8LLI. Some of his QSO's were with Alaska, Canada, Virgin Islands, North Ireland, Brazil, Spain, England and Belgium.

He was first employed by LTV (Republic Steel) then changed to WCI in Warren, OH, retiring in 1989 after 40 years of service as a tractor mechanic.

John loved his cars of which he owned several, antique cars, sports cars and new cars. He also loved motorcycles and frequently rode accompanied by his wife, Hessina.

He was an avid Cleveland Browns die-hard fan.

John will be sadly missed by his family; his wife, Hessina Alli Dolvin; his daughter, Debora Dolvin Parker and her husband, Kent of Palm Coast, FL.; his grandsons, Mason McMillan and Chancelor Parker of Palm Coast, FL.; his brother Kurt Dolvin of Nicaragua.  He also leaves a devoted nephew, Gary Heffner of Austintown; sisters-in-law, Sylvia Dolvin of Ashtabula, Bertha Alli of Hermitage, PA. and Sophia A. Mahonovich of Farrell, PA.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in eternal rest by his parents; two brothers, Bill W8VYZ and Glen Dolvin; a grandson, Ian McMillan; and a stepson, Dr. William R. Alli. His other brother James Dolvin of Tampa, FL. W8ZDZ became SK in 2014.

John Dolvin never met a stranger, he was always willing and ready to lend a helping hand to all. He truly was a kind, loving, and remarkable man, and he will always be in our hearts…forever.

Tnx W8SU


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