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John David Zwerner, 56, Newport News firefighter and HAZMAT team paramedic

John David Zwerner
John David Zwerner

WEST POINT — John David Zwerner, 56, died unexpectedly at his home Saturday, June 13, 2020. He was a Newport News firefighter and paramedic serving on the HAZMAT Team.

John was a graduate of Gloucester High School and Virginia Wesleyan University. He spent 20 years as a recreational therapist, working at Charter Colonial Institute, Bayside of Poquoson, Culpeper Regional Hospital and UVA Medical Center. In 2006, John began his second career with the Newport News Fire Department.

John was a devoted husband and father who always put his family’s needs before his own. He never took life too seriously and always knew how to make everyone laugh. Words cannot describe how impactful this loss is to the family, friends and community he left behind. He leaves behind a legacy of selflessness, generosity and unconditional love.

His parents, David and Marjorie Zwerner; and twin brother, Stephen E. Zwerner, preceded him in death.

John is survived by numerous family members, including his wife, Julie Zwerner; three children, Daniel Zwerner, Abigail Zwerner and Hannah Zwerner; brother, Thomas L. Zwerner (Joan); cousins, Susan Morgan (Troy), Phyllis Fenno, Debbie Bowman and Charles Fenno (Mary); in-laws Sidney Dugas (Ann), Rob Dugas (Lesa), Susan Haselwood (Jimmie), Karen Pierce and Amy Brown (Eric); and nephews and nieces, Jami Morris, Bonni Hess, Lauryn Bissell, Josh White, Nick White, Kristen Belleville, Chris Dugas, Rachel Pearson, Nathan Talbert, Kenneth Pierce, Stephen Pierce, Hunter Zwerner, Arden Brown and Benjamin Brown.

A service of remembrance will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 19, at Whitcomb Lodge at Beaver Dam Park, Gloucester. The family asks that attendees responsibly wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. Inurnment will be private.

The family thanks West Point Town Police, West Point Rescue Squad and Vincent Funeral Home for their compassionate service. The family also asks that you remember to hold your loved ones close each and every day.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of John, memorial contributions may be made to Shenandoah National Park or West Point Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

Share online condolences with the family at Vincent Funeral Home.

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