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John Raymond Cua

John Raymond Cua, age 63, of Columbus, Ohio died July 26, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on November 1, 1956 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Elois Lefebure and Joseph Cua.  John is survived by his first wife, Cathy Behrendt-Fleming, and their daughter, Anna Marie Cua.  He is survived by his second wife, Linda Hughes-Cua, and their sons, Antonio JonReno (Amanda) Cua and Connor Joseph Cua; daughter, Ceelea Kathleen Cua; grandson, Lincoln Cua; and granddaughter, Ellie Cua.  John is survived by his brothers and sisters, Michael Cua, Tom (Angela) Cua, Maggie (Casey) Flanagan, Jeanenne (Sam) Carfagna, Jennifer (Rusty) Staab, Chris (Debbie) Cua, Amy (Vinnie) Susi, Jamey (AnnaMaria) Cua, and Joseph (Alise) Cua; 32 nieces and nephews; 6 great-nieces and great-nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Elois Cua and his sister-in-law, Laura Cua.  John owned a landscape construction company through the family business Cua’s of Columbus.  He was a retired firefighter and paramedic from the City of Columbus and a home health aide to many.  John also worked in construction for Cugini & Capoccia Builders in Lewis Center, Ohio.  He attended weekly mass as a member of St. James the Less Catholic Church.  John was a lifelong resident of Columbus and resided in the Linden area.  He loved attending all of Columbus’ festivals and events, especially those with live music and dancing.  John thrived for three days every year at The Italian Festival. He loved attending all the gatherings of his personal family and taking Sunday Brunch to the priest at St. James.  Some of his proudest achievements were attending The Ohio State University and playing in the 1975 Spring Game under Woody Hayes, winning All State in 1974 his Senior Year at St. Charles and living everyday as it was the best day ever!  John had a heart of gold and a type of energy God could only create once.  He loved his children with all of his heart and would drop EVERYTHING to do ANYTHING for them.  John was just a natural caretaker.  John’s family would like to thank all the family and friends for the continued prayers and support; his special friend, Arnett Howard, there was no greater friend; companion, Tammi Collinsworth; and thank you to Jesus for loaning him to us and allowing us to witness his zest for life!  A Mass will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at St. James the Less Catholic Church, 1652 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224 or can be viewed live at: .  Memorial donations may be made at Venmo account @John-Cua-2.  Please visit to leave the family an online condolence.

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  • Jim Silcott says:

    God speed to my classmate, Johnny Cua. A great guy from a great family. My prayers to all of his lived ones.

  • Jeri Collins says:

    John was a wonderful mentor to many kids in the neighborhood. He coached my son’s softball league at St James for many years, and Chris valued John’s leadership.
    Our thoughts and prayers to the Cue family. May he rest in peace.

  • Brian Elder says:

    My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Cua family on the passing of John, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and child of God. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

    1 Peter 5:10

  • Gina Oriti Mckitrick says:

    So sorry for the loss of John. Praying for peace for his family.

  • Gerry O'Neil says:

    A race well run. Classmate, Teammate, TECmate, Husband, Dad, Front Line Hero. John’s life is a testament to his faith. May he intercede for us in the Heavenly Kingdom. We will miss his warmth, humor, zest.
    God Bless John Cua.

  • louise m porembski says:

    Keeping all the Cua Family close to my heart!
    Love and prayers.

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  • Bart Kistler says:

    The world is a better place from having Johnny Cua. I never knew a sweeter and more caring person. He will be loved and missed by so many.

  • Mike & Kathy Peppe says:

    Dear Cua Family,
    Cousin John was such a great guy! I recall talking with him when he was a fireman at Port Columbus airport. I speak for the entire Peppe family and we want to offer our deepest condolences for John’s loss. He will truly be missed by many.
    Mike and Kathy Peppe

  • Timothy Brown says:

    Michael so sorry for your brother John passing to heaven to be with Jesus Christ. Michael God Bless you and your family and John. You and John will be in my prayers. Tim Brown!

  • David Frickey says:

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. Have a blessed day.

  • Cheryl Siebold says:

    We will keep John and the Cua family in our thoughts and prayers. With Sympathy, Jim, Cheryl and Amy Siebold

  • ray claprood says:

    michael sorry about brother

  • Eva Collins says:

    Anna Marie we were so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was a dear soul. We extend our sincere sympathy. We are praying for you and your entire family. We pray that God will hold you in His loving arms and give you His peace and comfort.
    Love & Prayers – Ronald & Eva Collins

  • Larry Fisher says:

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family. John was a great guy I can’t think of a time when he didn’t have a smile on his face. It seemed like he always had a new joke to share when I saw him.He will be dearly missed.Rest in peace friend.

  • Michael Meyer says:

    Peace be with you John and with your wonderful family.
    You are one of my most cherished rosary beads.
    Go Bisons !!

  • Waite and Waipuna Family says:

    Anna Marie
    To our dear friend and sister we all love you so much snd are praying for you and your family. We know how much you loved your sweet hilarious kind dad and how much he loved you in return. While you grieve him be comforted to know this world is not our home and you will see him again and it will be a reunion that is eternal. Let Jesus massage your heart, the Holy Spirit do His comforting and remember that your Heavenly Father is a wonderful one who never takes His eyes off of you and adores you infinitely . I pray that each of your brothers and your sister would all know this reality to be true too 🌺

  • ron wiggins says:

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing.He was a man of his word and would stop on a dime to help anybody else out.Godspeed John…

  • The Beickelman Family says:

    The Beickelman family extends to all the Cua’s our deepest sympathy on the passing of John. We are sending you all our prayers, good thoughts, and well-wishes during this tough time.

  • Mark Eakins says:

    My prayers go out to the entire Cua family, especially my good friend brother Mike, on the news of John’s passing. I have many good memories of John from our days in St. James Parish and the Kenlawn Park neighborhood. May he rest in peace.

  • Louis Bando says:

    Please acknowledge our sincerest condolences regarding the passing of Johnny. We had fun no matter where we met. Great guy. So sorry!❤️✝️

  • Beverly Trout says:

    Johnny was one-of-a-kind gentleman and will be truly missed. He was the godfather to my daughter and a wonderful person. Our heartfelt condolences to all of his family.

  • Debbie Prose Starbuck says:

    To the Cua family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    So sorry to hear of John’s passing.
    Debbie Prose Starbuck and The Prose Family


    We are very sad to hear of the loss of your brother, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    God Bless,
    David and Lori Pasqualone

  • R C Oberst says:

    On behalf of myself and the Oberst family we offer sincerest condolences on the loss of John. We were are blessed to have known him and and praying for all the family.

    R C Oberst

  • Greg Kontras & Paula Brooks says:

    To the Cua family:
    I was deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was a kind-hearted and generous friend. Johnny and I went to school together, lived together and worked for our companies, helping each other.
    My wife Paula and I extend our most sincere condolences to Johnny’s beautiful family. May his memory be eternal…
    Greg & Paula

  • Remo Faieta says:

    May John rest in peace with God and may his family find comfort in Jesus’ words: “Qui credit in me non morietur in aeternum” (The one who believes in me will never die).

  • Michael Gross says:

    Rest In Peace John. Peace be with you and prayers to your entire
    Family. 🙏🏼

  • Keshia Upchurch says:

    Anna and family,
    Sorry for your loss. May comfort come to you and your family. Memories are a great way to allow your father to live on. Blessings!❤️

  • Doina& Constantin says:

    So sorry to miss your always happy greetings, even more so to know you’re moved to eternity. Yet, you’ll be happy to join your parents that you devoted so much to help on their most needed times. We all will miss you!
    John you, RIP!

  • Tim and Mary Rossi says:

    We are so sad to hear about John’s death. He was a good friend when we were students at St. James. It was always like old times when we would see each other through the years, most recently last summer. It was always my pleasure. Our heart goes out to the Cua family, and we grieve and pray with you.

  • Susan Hord says:

    Linda, Connor, CeeCee and the rest of the Cua family. I know you are hurting but you now have an angel to look over you. John was a good guy, always friendly. I’ll miss seeing him at St. Mathias fish dinners and DeSales football games. May he rest in peace and may his family know he is in a better place. Susan Hord and Zach Grennan.

  • David Heilman says:

    I am truly blessed to have been a classmate and teammate with John. We enjoyed a great season our senior year. John was more than just a captian he was our inspirational leader. He inpired us not just with his enthusiasm but with his determination and grit to work and play hard. There could never be another like him. I knew his zest in High School, now I read how he carried it through his life. I offer my condolences and deepest sympathy to his family memnbers. God bless!

  • Meshaya Keaton & Family says:

    Dear Anna and family,

    I’m so sorry for you lose friend
    I know how close you & your dad was. Just know he is always with you & your family as your angel 😇 watching over you. This is not goodbye this is a celebration & he is happy, healthy & no longer in pain. Love 💘 you Anna & praying 🙏 for you & the family. If you need me please don’t hesitate to call me.

    Meshaya & Family

  • Debbie Emsweller Sickles says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Johns passing. I last saw him at dads funeral. John was such a nice man and always nice to me. What a big heart he had. My deepest sympathy to the whole Cua family. Prayers

  • Ric Mazon says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with John’s family. He was a good friend and will be missed by many. May God keep you in the palm of his hand. I know his SJL buddies will miss his smile and mischievous glint in his eye.

  • Tom Sansone says:

    Very sorry to learn of Johnny’s passing. I have very fond memories of the entire Cua family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Pat Hernon says:

    Sad news to hear of John’passing.

    So many stories I’ll remember laughing non stop with him
    and the gang.

    RIP brother.

  • Joseph Murray says:

    Cua Family: So sorry you lost John here in this world. He was a very good man. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Joseph Murray, St. Charles ‘77

  • The Pannella Family says:

    May Johnny Rest In Peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. God Bless your family.

  • Ron Rau says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Johns passing! I was a year behind him at St. Charles and had the honor to play football with him as well as attend school! He was someone that I looked at as a mentor. His passion and dedication to being the best at what he did was inspirational! Every time I ran into him throughout the years he never changed. His passion for life was very apparent! My prayers and thought will be with him and the CUA families! I am proud to have had John affect my life.

    God bless!

  • Bob and Denise McGee says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep John and all of his family in our prayers.
    May the roads rise up to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    May the rains fall soft upon fields
    And until we meet again
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

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