DEERFIELD - John Franklin Thorn, 77, passed away on Friday (6-13-14) at home. Born on April 24, 1937 in Greenfield, he was the son of Franklin H. and Muriel J. (Johnson) Thorn. He was a 1955 graduate of Deerfield Academy, furthering his education with an associate's degree from Stockbridge School of Agriculture. He worked with his father on their strawberry farm, best known for their "pick your own" fields, taking it over at the time of his father's passing and was a mail carrier for many years.
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John did volunteer work within his community: he had been a volunteer firefighter for Old Deerfield, and worked with the water department. He enjoyed painting, especially watercolors of covered bridges. He enjoyed camping and day trips, especially to Vermont, and did extensive gardening.
Survivors include his daughter Jennifer Wood and her husband Brian of Northfield, grandson Nathan and granddaughter Rachel. He was predeceased by his wife, Diane E. (Coombs) Thorn in 1977 and his sister Wilma (Thorn) Colella in 2004.
Funeral services for John will be on Wednesday (6-18-14) at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, with Rev. Stacey Kullgren Gershwin officiating. Burial will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Deerfield. Calling hours will be on Tuesday (6-17-14) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 14 High Street, Greenfield. Memorial donations may be made to the
Walker Funeral Home
14 High St
Greenfield, MA 01301
Published in The Recorder on June 16, 2014