John purchased a summer home in Alton Bay, New Hampshire on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee when he was only 25 years old. For 58 years this house became his home away from home. He thoroughly enjoyed utilizing his skills and maintaining this vacation property over the duration of his life. More importantly, he was very proud to share leisure time with his family there in New Hampshire and he was committed to creating many amazing summer memories that will last a lifetime. The home remains a cherished part of the family to this day.
John met his wife Robertha Civitarese at the Norfolk County Engineering Department in 1971. They got married at St. Maryís Church in Dedham on May 6, 1973. John and Robertha (aka Bobbie) initially lived in Norwood and then they moved to Braintree in 1974. They had twin daughters Mary Jane and Melissa on May 23, 1974. They were blessed with a third daughter Meredith who was born on August 8, 1975. Meredith became their angel when she passed away on January 31, 1976 from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. John and Bobbie raised their family in Braintree and remained in the same house where Robertha still resides today.
John was a true family man who loved his wife, children, grandchildren, sister, niece, nephews, extended family and many friends. He had a positive impact and touched the lives of all of those around him. He loved to fish, hunt, play cribbage, collect antiques and build things whenever he could. He had an extensive collection of Hummels and Wedgwood.
John was a 32nd Degree Master Mason where he earned his 50 year pin from the Rural Masonic Lodge in Quincy, MA. He was also a member of the Braintree Menís Club, the Braintree Rifle & Pistol Club, the Scottish Rite Foundation, the Shriners International, the Wedgwood Society, the Hummel Club, and the Historical Society. He also volunteered for the town of Braintree assisting at the voting poles in town over many years of elections.
John is survived by his loving wife Robertha Paronich of Braintree, his daughter Mary Jane (Paronich) Caprio and her spouse Rob Caprio of Rockland, his daughter Melissa (Paronich) Jones and her husband John Jones of Braintree, his two granddaughters Meredith and Mackenzie Jones of Braintree, his sister Joanne Hutchison of Kingston, his niece Donna (Hutchison) Govoni and her family of Hanson, his sister-in-law Rita Mae (Civitarese) Cushman and her spouse Lloyd Cushman of Dedham, his nephew Nicholas Cushman and family of Dedham, his nephew Lloyd Cushman and family of Sanford, NC, as well as many cousins and extended family.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the Shrinerís Hospital, to the Crohnís & Colitis Foundation, or to any charity of your choice that you feel would properly reflect on Johnís life.
Services will be held on Monday June 15, 2020 at Cartwright - Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington Street, Braintree. There will be a visitation hour from 10:00 AM Ė 11:00 AM, followed by a private service for family . At 11:45 AM the funeral procession will drive past his home in Braintree and ending with a public burial at Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy. After the burial, the family is welcoming people back to their home to enjoy a meal as a celebration of Johnís life.
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