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John H. Plumb

NORTH ADAMS John Halifax Plumb passed away peacefully in Walnut Creek, Calif. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the age of 90. A native of North Adams, he was the son of the late John H. Plumb Sr. and Beatrice K. Beane Plumb and attended North Adams schools. During World War II, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, 101 Airborne Division, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded both the Silver Star and Purple Heart. He graduated from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA class of 1949. From 1949 to 1953, John worked for the North Adams Transcript as a reporter and news announcer on Radio WNNB. From 1954 to 1959 John served as the editor of the Contra Costa Times newspaper in Northern California, later serving as public information officer and District Secretary for the East Bay Municipal Utility District, retiring in 1979. He enjoyed writing, hiking, baseball, chess, and classical music. John is survived by his wife Marie; sons, Christopher M. Plumb (wife Aileen), and Alexander B. Plumb (wife Song); daughter, Terry A. Plumb-Clark (spouse William); grandchildren, Nicholas I. Boyarsky, Kacie A. Clark, Kevin O. Plumb, Matthew D. Plumb, and Austin K. Plumb; five great-grandchildren and brothers David W. Plumb and Richard M. Plumb. John is also survived by his former wife Gloria L. Plumb, sister-in-law Marlene A. Plumb, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Sanford M. Plumb, sister Patricia A. Plumb Pearce and grandson William M. Clark. Services were held in Walnut Creek, California, followed by a Graveside Committal Service in Hayward, CA. Memorial contributions made in John's name may be sent to The March of Dimes. (www.marchofdimes.com) John will be dearly missed by his family and they would welcome hearing stories and remembrances about him which can be e-mailed to t.a.clark@prodigy.net.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 15, 2014
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