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John L. Haley Sr.

1923-2012 PITTSFIELD John L. Haley Sr., age 89, of 47 Highview Drive, Pittsfield, died Wednesday October 24, 2012, at Hillcrest Commons.

He was born in Pittsfield, on August 11, 1923; the son of the late Michael K. and Elizabeth V. Butler Haley, was educated in Pittsfield schools, and was a 1942 graduate of Pittsfield High School; he played football basketball, and track.

Mr. Haley served in the United States Navy for four years during World War II aboard the USS Bell (DD 587) and fought in eight major battles and two tours in the Phillipines.

Mr. Haley had been employed for thirteen years at Crescent Creamery and had also worked for General Electric for twenty years, retiring from there in 1988. He was a member of the former St. Mary the Morningstar Church, and was a member of the Pittsfield American Legion Post 68. He enjoyed bowling and fishing.

Mr. Haley married the former Rita A. Lefebvre on September 27, 1947; they had recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Besides his, wife, Mr. Haley is survived by his two daughters: Lynn M. Haley of Pittsfield, and Christine A. Haley of Morrisville, Vt.; three sons: Richard M. Haley and his wife Katheryn of Pittsfield, John L. Haley, Jr. and his wife Marcia of Waynesboro, Pa., and Timothy F. Haley and his wife Pride of Gaston, S.C.; two brothers: Francis M. Haley of Pittsfield and Michael R. Haley of Conway, Mass.; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. John was pre-deceased by his brother: Richard M. Haley, and his sister: Patricia E. Suriner.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for John L. Haley, Sr. will be SATURDAY, October 27, 2012 at 4 p.m. at the DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield with military honors. Calling hours will begin at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the in care of the funeral home.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 26, 2012
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