WILMINGTON — John Robert Twisdale, 82, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in New Hanover County at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Hospice Center. John’s passing was from a quick resurgence of cancer.
John was born Sept. 2, 1938, in Halifax County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth Inscoe Twisdale and John Melton Twisdale; and nephews, Clay Melton Twisdale and Justin Kelly.
John is survived by his partner of 43 years, Tony Lowe of the residence; brother, Allen Melton Twisdale, Jerri Twisdale; nephew, Jack Twisdale of Wilmington; and close personal family and friends.
John attended Fork Union Military Academy and then moved to New York City and attended The New York School of Interior Design. After graduation from school, John joined the staff at Woodward and Lothrop’s Interior Design Department in Washington, D.C.
Upon a visit to Wilmington in 1974 to visit his parents, John fell in love with the city of Wilmington, the beaches, its people and historic downtown. John decided then to move to Wilmington, going to work with the family business, Twisdale Manufacturing, started by his father and brother Allen. The business manufactured nails, wire and building products. Twisdale Manufacturing had plants around the world, and John would travel to Hong Kong, Singapore and Poland with his father, which he loved! During this period, John attended a state dinner at the White House for Deng Xiaoping, a paramount leader of The Peoples Republic of China. Twisdale Manufacturing was a member of the China Trade Association.
In 1984, John purchased the old Taylor’s Bazar Building, in the second block of Market Street, gutting it and totally renovating it. John put his interior design business on the first floor and had a spacious townhouse on the second floor and third floor. John lived in downtown Wilmington from 1985 to 1997 and helped with many of the charities, including the Red Cross Ball, Historical Wilmington Candlelight Tours, Historical Wilmington Foundation and many more.
John was a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (Allied ASID). From 1986 to the present day, John designed and renovated beautiful homes, businesses and churches for clients and friends from Lake George, New York, to Palm Beach, Florida. In 1999, John finally did what he had wanted to do; he designed and built his own house in a beautiful community and was there until his passing.
Through the years, John and Tony, as they were known by their friends, enjoyed the charities, galas, parties and dinners with everyone they met, those friends know how much they meant to them! John and his laugh will be missed by many!
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, in Oakdale Cemetery with Pastor Rudy Shepard officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Friends of Oakdale or Lower Cape Fear LifeCare and Hospice.
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