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John Joseph McCall

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Lt. Col. John Joseph McCall, 87
retired Army Corps of Engineers Career Officer

WESTMINSTER -- Lt. Col. John Joseph McCall died Thursday, January 2, 2014, at HealthAlliance Leominster Hospital,after an illness.He leaves his beloved wife of 62 years, Joan W. (Wells) McCall, one daughter, Katherine C. Moran and her husband, Kevin Sr., of Westminster, two sons, John J. McCall III, and his deceased wife, Sharon, of Billerica, James T. McCall, and his wife, Anne, of Manitou Springs, CO. "Grandad" also leaves behind his cherished grandchildren: Kevin Jr., Ryan, Meagan, and Colleen Moran; John Michael, Justin, and Jordan McCall; Colin, Timothy and Grace McCall. He also leaves 4 great-grandchildren: Sydney Moran, Ashley Moran, Jack Jarvis, Ashlee LeBlanc and one great-great-grandson: Dominic LeBlanc. Col. McCall is predeceased by his brother, Father James T. McCall, Pastor of St. Veronica's Church in Declair, NJ, who died in 2001 and his sister, Elizabeth O'Connor, who died in 1998.

He was born in Sea Isle City, NJ, on August 27,1926, a son of the late John J. and Elizabeth (Coyle) McCall. He was a graduate of Ocean City High School, Ocean City, NJ, and the University of Maryland, with a Bachelor of Science degree. Col. McCall's military service included both the U.S Navy and Army which spanned World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He served in the occupation forces in both Japan and Germany. Among his tours of duty were assignments as an instructor in Mine Warfare & Demolitions at the Engineering School at Ft. Belvoir,VA; as Executive Officer of a construction Battalion in Korea, and as Chief of Engineer Maintenance at Headquarters, U.S. Army Vietnam. Col. McCall retired as Deputy G-4 at Fort Devens, MA in 1970.

After his retirement, he and his family moved to Westminster. He worked for several years in Production Control at the Independent Lock Company in Fitchburg and later as Public Service Coordinator for 27 cities and towns in Worcester and Middlesex counties in theGardner CETA Program. He was a Charter Life Member of the Military Officers of America, a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the American Legion Post 174. He was a past Commander from 1975-1978 and past Quartermaster from 1984-1988, of the V.F.W. Post 7389 in Westminster. He was a charter member of the Concord Coalition. In addition, he was active in mental health services, serving several years as Treasurer and later as Chairman of the Board for NCHSI.

He also served as co-chairman of the Mental Health Committee for the Fitchburg Area Mental Health Advisory Board, and as a member of the Worcester Area Regional Advisory Board. He served as a Registrar of Voters for the Town of Westminster for many years. Col. McCall was an avid reader, he enjoyed fishing, and loved to travel. Most of all he loved spending time with his family.

MCCALL -- Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 123 Main Street, Westminster, MA. Calling hours will be held on Monday, January 6, 2014, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery, 9 Narrows Road, Westminster. In lieu of flowers, Col. McCall's family is requesting memorial donations may be made in his name to V.F.W. Post 7389, PO Box 388 in Westminster, MA 01473.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Jan. 4, 2014
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