Mr. John G. Briggs, Sr., age 86 of Hernando, Florida, died Friday, October 19, 2012 in Lecanto, FL. John was born August 3, 1926 in North Kingstown, RI, son of the late George and Margaret (Cullen) Briggs. Mr. Briggs served seven years in the U. S. Navy. During WWII, he served aboard the USS Antietam in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Campaign. He retired from General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, in 1988 serving 26 years. His work included test missions on nuclear submarines, of which John was quite proud. He moved to Citrus Hills, FL in 1988. John was an avid golfer and gardener; and in his younger days enjoyed skiing, bowling, and softball. A golfing highlight for John was playing in the Spanish Pro-Am in Madrid, Spain with the great Scottish golfer, Sam Torrance. John was a die-hard Red Sox fan.
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John was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Myrtle Briggs (Kennedy) and Margaret Olive Briggs (Gobeille) and son-in-law, John Sabo. Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Gloria (Phelps) Briggs, two sons, John G. Briggs Jr. and Daniel L. Briggs, daughter, Patrice Briggs Sabo, daughter-in-law, Mary Anne Briggs, and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Amy Briggs.
Private family services will be held at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Friends who wish may send memorial donations to HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Hwy., Beverly Hills, FL 34465. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.Hooper
FuneralHome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beverly Hills Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Oct. 20, 2012