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John F. Pixley

1925 - 2014 LENOX John F. Pixley died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox, after a brave ten-year battle with Alzheimer's. Born on July 22, 1925, in Pittsfield, the son of Francis J. Pixley and Marie Mandel Pixley, his family moved to Stockbridge when he was an infant, where his Pixley grandparents had a home and tearoom next to the Red Lion Inn. He graduated from Stockbridge High School in 1943. After graduating, he enlisted in the Army in August, and served two-and-a-half years in the South Pacific in the Anti-Aircraft Division, and was discharged as a Sergeant. Upon discharge, he joined his uncle's stationery store, E.P. Gowdy. In 1950, he was hired by William H. Shandoff Stationery Store, founded in 1900. It was the largest stationery and office supply dealer in Berkshire County. In 1962, he became manager and vice president, and in 1976, upon William Shandoff's death, he became president and co-owner. An avid golfer, he was a fifty-year member of Berkshire Hills Country Club, a member of Kiwanis International, and served on the board of the Berkshire Hills Conference. He married the love of his life, Gloria H. Proctor, of Lenox, in 1947. In addition to his wife of 67 years, he leaves his beloved children and grandchildren; his son, Michael J. Pixley, of McKinleyville, Calif.; his daughter, Debbie P. Fraker and her husband, Christopher P. Fraker, of Nantucket; his granddaughters, Dr. Jennifer Fraker Agnello and Jillian Tomlinson Fraker of Nantucket; grandson, Christopher Porter Fraker Jr., of Boston; great-grandson, Jackson Fraker Agnello, and his nephew, Craig R. Pixley, his wife, Jane, and their family, of Pittsfield. John was pre-deceased by his brother, Robert Pixley, of Pittsfield. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be private, for the immediate family, in the Spring. John's family is especially grateful to the loving, professional, and caring nursing staff of the Kimball Farms Sedgwick Unit. If desired, donations may be made to the Connor Gregory Memorial Fund for the enrichment of the lives of the youths of inner-city Hartford, in care of the DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 25, 2014
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