John P. Hinds, age 70, of Lima passed away Sunday afternoon at 2:52 p.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born August 4, 1950 to Henry H. and Lois Arliene (Boerner) Hinds. Lois survives in Lima and Henry preceded him in death Dec. 1, 2013. John Married Christine J. Bailey Jan. 28, 1972 and she survives in Lima.
John graduated from Perry High School and retired from Ford where he managed the tool Crib. He was part owner of Benchmark Property Maintenance, LLC. He was a fan of Ohio state football and basketball and the Cleveland Browns. He was a car enthusiast belonging to Glass Society Corvette Club and GTO Association of America. He still owned his original 1964 GTO which was known for laying some rubber on Breese Road. John helped start the Allen East Mom & Dad’s Club and promoted the Lima Dart Association. He had many friends over the years from the time spent at the Avenue Café and Fat Jacks West Street, along with the many friends he made at Ford. He always had a project going and loved playing the lottery having been on the Cash Explosion game. He will be sadly missed by all but especially his canine besties, Missy and Tito.
Additional survivors include sons: John P. (Jenn Downey) of Sidney and Matthew (Angie Simpson) of Lima; his grandchildren that he was especially close to: Sean, Shane, Mattie, Colby and Brody Hinds who brought a special joy to his life. Also surviving are brothers: David (Linda) Hinds and Phillip Hinds both of Lima and in-laws: Mary Hinds, Mike (Dawn) Bailey, Becky (Dale) Irwin, Tim (Kathy) Bailey, Joe (Peg) Bailey, Jeff (Diane) Bailey, Greg (Brenda) Bailey, David Bailey, Melissa Bailey, Tom (Linda) Bailey, Jennifer Bailey and Stephanie (Nick Morris) Herge, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and his life-long friend Terry with whom he spent many hours making each other laugh.
He was preceded in death by siblings Craig Hinds and Mary Hinds.
The family will receive friends Friday, 2:30 to 6 p.m. and the family request casual dress. A brief service will follow at 6.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Gerard’s School or the charity of the donor’s choice.