DEAVER Jonathan Canfield Deaver, 67, passed away April 28, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family after bravely battling Leukemia. He is survived by his wife Anne Marie (Huff), his brother Paul Beedle of Anoka, MN, sister Ruth Beedle of Platte Woods, MO, his mother Elsie (Delaplane) of Kansas City, MO and his beloved 5 step-daughters and their families, Cynthia Maypother of Acton, MA, Deborah Huff of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Gail Huff Brown of Rye, NH, Jennifer Cook of Littleton, MA, and Callie Huff of Milford, MA, his grandchildren Jason and Josh Cook, Ayla and Arianna Brown, Nathan and Myles Taccini and Annalee Stuhl. He was preceded in death by his brother Stephen Deaver and father David Deaver. Jonathan was born August 17, 1946 in Logansport, IN. Following his high school graduation Jonathan joined the U.S. Navy and was in the Honor Guard, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam. He attended the University of Indiana where he studied Liberal Arts then Sylvania Tech School before working at Burroughs Corporation on their OCR hardware. Later he worked for Unisys and then to Fleet Bank where he continued to work as a computer programmer, then for Bank of America before retiring. Those who knew Jonathan well will recall a highly intellectual and driven man whose self-learned computer skills and work ethic yielded a very satisfying, successful career. Jonathan met his loving wife of 31 years, Anne Marie (Huff) Deaver in Waltham, MA where they were married at Immanuel United Methodist Church. Jonathan’s family and friends will recall his love of computers, classical music being played in his home, following his favorite sports teams or “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”. He liked to cook and he always had a joke for everybody. A prized memory for Jonathan was a trip to Paris where he witnessed a total solar eclipse. Jonathan felt blessed for the gift to work with his hands which he took full advantage of throughout his life. Jonathan lived a life of distinction, service and devotion to the family he so adored. He will be greatly missed. Following his courage in the face of managing Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), which included a recent stem cell transplant, his family asks that in lieu of flowers that you honor him with donations online at www.BeTheMatch.com. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday June 21, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the Immanuel United Methodist Church 545 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453. Burial will be private at the convenience of his family. Arrangements are under the care of Roney Funeral Home 152 Worcester Street, North Grafton, MA 01536. All are welcome to share memories of Jonathan in an online guestbook at www.RoneyFuneralHome.com
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Published in Boston Herald on May 1, 2014