John Ronald Gilroy
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formerly of Haverhill, MA; 86
WEST ROXBURY -- John Ronald Gilroy, 86, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2014, at the West Roxbury V.A. Hospital. He was born on Dec. 14, 1927 in Haverhill, MA, son of the late John Roland Gilroy and Julia Bresnahan. He spent his childhood in Haverhill and the family later moved to Medford where John spent his teenage years.
As a young man, John attended art school and later worked as a draftsman and technical illustrator for several tech companies in the Boston area. John served in the U.S. Army in post-World War II Germany for three years and was also a veteran of the Korean War. He maintained lifelong friendships with his fellow veterans, many of whom he socialized with at the Bedford VFW. He also served as the Vice Commander for the VFW Post 1628 in Woburn during the 1980s.
John contributed to many charities for children and he had a special concern for the support of schools for Native American children. He loved listening to music and was one of Frank Sinatra's biggest fans. He also loved the ocean and had many fond memories of time spent on vacation at Wells Beach, a small peninsula on the southern coast of Maine.
John is survived by his daughters, Andrea Gilroy of Bedford, MA; Dianna Gilroy of West Lafayette, IN; and Sheila Gilroy of Northampton, MA. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by all of his siblings: Marcia, Ralph, Sharon and Sheila.
GILROY -- Visiting hours will be held in Shawsheen Funeral Home, 281 Great Rd., BEDFORD on Wed. Aug. 13, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm. Relatives and friends invited. More info and directions: www.shawsheenfuneralhome.com
Shawsheen Funeral Home
281 Great Road
Bedford, MA 01730
Published in Lowell Sun on Aug. 13, 2014