Cartwright Funeral Homes


LeROY, John W. , Jr., 87, of Braintree passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, March 16. Beloved husband of Donna (Vaillencourt) LeRoy for 34 years. Loving father of Peter LeRoy and wife Linda (Shaughnessy) LeRoy of Braintree, John LeRoy III of Florida, and Judith Ann Stoebel and husband James Stoebel of Florida. In addition, he leaves behind two sisters, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He was also very close to his cousins, Bruce and Patricia Whittemore of Braintree. John was born at his home in Braintree, and passed away in his house in Braintree. He loved the Town and its people and never wanted to leave. But when war broke out, John joined the service and served his country as a proud Marine. He was a member of the American Legion Post #86. He then entered and graduated from Springfield College and received his master's degree from Bridgewater College. He loved playing, coaching and watching every sport but especially football. He was All Scholastic at Braintree High School and All American at Springfield College. He was Captain of the football team at Braintree High School, Springfield College and the Marine Corp Football team. He even was drafted by the NFL's Chicago Cardinals Football Team but he chose to go into the field of education since he believed he could make an impact on his students' lives and as many know he did. He started his teaching career, as well as coaching, at Bergenfield, NJ High School. Several of his former players were in touch with him still until this day. He taught at Canton High School for a brief time. When he was given an opportunity to return to Braintree, he jumped at it and never left. He served the Town of Braintree for almost all his life. He was a teacher, Asst. Principal, and Headmaster at Braintree High School for 38 years as well as being a Head Football Coach. He also served as a member of the Blue Hills Regional School Committee. He was affectionately known by his students as "the bear" and knew almost every student's name as well as their family. After retiring from education in 1993 due to a serious illness from which he miraculously recovered, John served on the Braintree School Committee and as a Town Selectmen. He was always there for all his former students when they needed help or advice. He touched so many lives. He developed lasting friendships with many of his former classmates, administrators, teachers, and students. His memory will live on forever in all of our hearts. Reposing at the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington Street, Braintree until 9:00 AM on Tuesday followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 AM in St. Clare Church, Braintree. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours Monday 4:00 8:00 PM. Burial in Braintree Plain Street Cemetery, Braintree.

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