John was born in St Paul's Bay, one of fourteen siblings, on 3 February 1946 and was married to Ismeria neé Chetcuti. They had three children: James, Mark and Sarah.
In his youth, John used to play accordion, and joined The Rangers beatgroup on bass guitar.
John was an able builder and assisted in the construction of Mellieħa’s Società Filarmonica La Vittoria club of which he was an honorary member. He was also a regular sponsor of fireworks for the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady.
John died on 25 July 2017 at the age of 71.