John 'Jack' Sisto, 81

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 1:18pm

John “Jack” Sisto of Old Mill Road passed away peacefully at his home early in the morning on Monday, April 16, 2012, after a long, courageous battle with a variety of medical issues.

Jack was born in South Orange, N.J., and was a graduate of Columbia High School in South Orange and the University of Virginia. While working at Phoenix Steel in Phoenixville, Pa., he met Theresa Leo and they subsequently married on April 23, 1955. This year would have been their 57th wedding anniversary.

Jack and Theresa first came to Block Island for a weekend visit in 1956. They were so enchanted with the island that they returned for summer vacation with their four young children in 1964 and continued to return every summer, establishing countless lifelong friendships. They purchased property off Old Mill Road in the mid 1980s and completed construction of their family home in 1991. They spent more and more time in their island home until it eventually became their permanent home.

Jack loved nothing more than to be surrounded by his family, friends and pets in his home waiting for the next wonderful dinner to be cooked up by Theresa. Anyone that came to visit was greeted with a hearty welcome and regaled with countless stories from his life well lived. When there was quiet time, he enjoyed solving a seemingly endless supply of crossword puzzles and reading his treasured history books.

He is survived by his wife Theresa; daughter Toni; sons Jock, Jaime and Johno; grandsons Bryan, Zachary and Zane; granddaughters Natalie and Jennifer; brother-in-law John and his wife Rhonnie and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Requiem Eucharist will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. in St. Ann’s-by-the-Sea church on Spring Street. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions to Block Island Rescue Service, P.O. Box 781, Block Island, RI 02807 or the Block Island Medical Center, P.O. Box 919, Block Island, RI 02807, in his memory would be appreciated. Information and condolences, please visit: