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DRAGAT, John Edward Of Waban, a real estate developer and Senior Vice President of Development with Benchmark Senior Living, devoted husband and father, avid sailor, and beloved friend to many, passed away Dec. 20. John died at home, of complications from a brain tumor diagnosed one-year ago, with his family and friends close at his side. Born in Providence, RI, on January 3, 1959, and raised in Granby, CT, John was a graduate of Wilbraham & Monson Academy and Boston University. In more than 25 years as a Boston-based real-estate developer with Benchmark, New Boston Fund, and Northland Investment, John's work in building communities, exemplified his love for Boston. He led the development of dozens of projects. These included more than 10 Benchmark communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and New York, as well as One Brigham Circle in Boston, a transformational mixed-use redevelopment for Mission Hill. John formerly served on the Board of Overseers for Rogerson Communities, a Boston-based network of affordable housing and services for the elderly and people with disabilities, and was an active member of the Urban Land Institute. John was a parishioner and former vestryman at the Parish of the Good Shepherd in Waban. A skilled sailor, John was captain of the Vado Pazzo III ("Going Crazy" in Italian, so named because he and Pia decided, with joyous abandon, to buy a sailboat and learn to sail, when Juliana was just two-years old and Marielle was on her way). John is remembered by coworkers, family, and friends for the positive energy he brought into every place he came, his sly wit and easy charm, and all the occasions he gathered family and friends for gracious and joyful times together, up through his last night of life. In addition to his wife and daughters, John leaves his mother, Charlotte Harris of Falmouth, MA; his father, Andrew Sack Dragat and his wife, of West Hartford, CT; his aunts, Mary Harris, Peggy Stanwood and Linda Dragat; uncle Bob Stanwood; cousins Charley, Nancy, Kathryn and Julie; brothers-in-law David, Ted, and Fran; and nieces and nephews Alexis, Thalia, Ariana, James, Kristina, and Joseph. John was predeceased by his sister, Elisabeth Harris Hathaway. Memorial services will be held January 20th at 11AM at Grace Church in Newton. In lieu of flowers, John's family asks you to consider a donation to the John Dragat Accessibility Fund http://goodshepherdnewton.org, to Dana Farber Cancer Institute (on the thank you page indicate "Dr. Reardon, brain cancer research fund") http://danafarbergiving.org, or to Rogerson Communities https:www.rogerson.org/ways-to-give/annual-fund/.
Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 24, 2017
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