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John W. Marshall

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John W. Marshall, of Rockland, 87, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at his home in Rockland surrounded by family. Born in Abington in 1926, he was the son of the late Walter and Phoebe (MacDonald) Marshall of Rockland, and the husband of the late Catherine (Donovan) Marshall. John served with the Armys L Company, 271st Regiment, 69th Infantry Division during World War II, and earned the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the EAME Campaign Medal for his participation in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. He graduated from Rockland High School in 1944 and 35 years later received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors from Bridgewater State College. John was employed by the United States Postal Service for 37 years, including positions as Postmaster in Rockland and Pembroke. John belonged to the Rockland and Abington VFWs, the American Legion, the National Association of Postmasters of the United States, and the National Legion of Postmasters. John enjoyed travel, especially trips to Ireland, England, Quebec City, and New Orleans. He and his late wife enjoyed frequent weekend excursions to Boston where they visited museums, explored neighborhoods, and attended plays and music performances. They were subscribers to the Huntington Theater Company for many years. In addition, they were founding members of WGBH. John enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Rockland Golf Course. He also enjoyed vegetable gardening, reading, bowling, listening to Celtic music, and supporting Bostons sports teams, especially the Boston Red Sox. He will be remembered for his delightful wit. John is survived by his daughters Jane Marshall of Bristol, RI, Nancy Marshall of Maynard, MA, and Ann and Robert Marshall of Prudence Island, RI. Also, his sister Mary Lou (Marshall) Casey and her husband Robert of Carver, MA (formerly of West Wareham, MA), his grandchildren Catherine Marshall of Bristol, RI, and John Marshall and his wife Julia (Rainville) of Portland, ME. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Lawrence Donovan of Brant Rock, MA, and many nieces and nephews. John was pre-deceased by his brothers Paul and Rothwell of Rockland, Robert of Mansfield, MA, and Walter of Nashua, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 02370, Rockland Memorial Library, 20 Belmont St, Rockland, MA 02370, or an organization supporting Americas disabled veterans. Visiting hours at the Sullivan Funeral Home, 45 East Water St., Rockland, on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 4 - 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 403 Union St., Rockland. Interment at Holy Family Cemetery. The family would like to thank the Hospice of the South Shore for the wonderful care it provided to John. For directions and our online guest book, visit SullivanFuneralHomes.com. 781-878-0920 781-293-2020 Family Owned & Operated Since 1897

Published in The Enterprise on Sept. 1, 2013
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