John R. YawJohn R. Yaw, 45, of 3683 Seneca Rd, Trumansburg went peacefully from his beloved outback oasis after a short battle with pancreatic cancer on October 8, 2011 to tend the Gardens of Heaven.

Born on November 21, 1965 in Ithaca, John was the son of John and Margaret (Weber) Yaw. He graduated from Trumansburg Central School in 1984 and later continued his education earning an Associateís Degree in Chemical Dependency from TC3 in Dryden. John worked in many positions over the years; especially close to his heart were those involving the care of other people and the outdoors.

An avid gardener, John cherished his flowers and plants. His home was also proudly adorned with antique and unique treasures. He also enjoyed every cooking challenge he could find. John was invited to participate in the Brown/Whitaker Family Annual Pie Day many years ago, and since that day he adopted and looked forward to it eagerly all year.

He will be deeply missed by his life partner, Kenny Whitaker; three children, Jeremey, Dylan and Amanda Yaw of Ithaca; three step-children, Anthony, Matthew and Jessica Whitaker; parents, John and Carolyn Yaw of Fruitland Park, FL; paternal grandmother, Rosalie Wright Yaw Mayo of Trumansburg; one sister, Roseanne (Stephen) Tompkins of Interlaken and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. John was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Yaw. With a true gift for seeing the goodness in everyone, John sincerely loved and cared for any who came into his life.

The family are grateful to Johnís devoted friends, Hospice of Wayne and Seneca Counties, the Ivy Clinic at Arnot Ogden Hospital, and the Tompkins County Red Cross who came together to provide John love and comfort during his ending days. The family also extends heartfelt appreciation to Rev. Dennis Christiansen, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Trumansburg for his graciousness and guidance.

A Celebration of Johnís life will be held from 2-6 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Trumansburg Fire Station. Please dress casually during this afternoon of food and fellowship.

Those who wish to send flowers in Johnís memory are encouraged to consider houseplants that can continue to be enjoyed for years to come. Contributions in memory of John may be sent to Hospice of Wayne and Seneca Counties at Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 S. Main St., Newark, NY 14513; Ivy Clinic,  Ivy Medical Arts Building, Suite 206, 600 Ivy Street, Elmira , NY 14905 or Tompkins County Red Cross, 201 W. Clinton St. Ithaca, NY 14850.