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John J. Cedrone, a lifelong resident of Newton, MA, passed into eternal life on May 19, 2013 at the age of 77. John had an uncommon dedication to his family and to his role as a caregiver, mentor, and provider. He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Ann (DiRe), and by his son Michael and wife Luci (Hooper) of McLean, VA. John was deeply devoted to his two grandchildren, Timothy M. and Elizabeth L. R. Cedrone, who love him dearly. John was born on March 23, 1936 to the late Orazio and Carmela (Gentile) Cedrone. He was one of ten children. He is preceded in death by his brothers Donato Danny, Gerald Jerry, and Robert, as well as by his sisters Josephine, Lucy (Park), and Marie. He is survived by his sister Florence Salvucci of Newton, MA, by his brother, Larry (Barbara) Cedrone of Newton, MA, by his sister Roberta (Joseph) Hamilton of Wells, ME, and by his sister-in-law, Natalie Cedrone of Wells, ME. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Judith Salvucci of Newton, MA, Paul Cedrone, D.M.D., of Chelmsford, MA, and his beloved goddaughter Jennifer Cedrone of Newton, MA. He was also blessed by the presence of many, many friends in his life. John graduated from Newton High School and Newton Trade School in the 1958 and later served in the United States Army. For thirty-four years, he was a member of the Newton Fire Department. He drove Ladder 1 at the Commonwealth Avenue station for nineteen of those years. John cared greatly for his firefighter brothers. They nicknamed him Smokey because he would be the first to run into a burning building if people inside needed assistance, or if work needed to be done. John quietly mentored and supported newer members of the fire department. He did not publicize the many kind deeds he did for others. He forged strong friendships across generations which lasted throughout his life. John also ran a landscaping business for many years. His father started the business, and John carried it forward, maintaining many of his fathers original customers. While his two jobs required him to work long hours, John always prioritized his role as husband and father. In the summer evenings, John would often take Ann and Michael after supper to turn on and off lawn sprinklers so his customers lawns would look good, always ending the trip with soft-serve ice cream. Educating his son was one of the most important priorities in Johns life as a father. Together with his wife Ann, he decided to send Michael to private, Catholic schools, including Jackson School in Newton, MA and St. Sebastians in Needham, MA, and he and Ann supported Michael through college and graduate school. The financial sacrifices involved meant little to John or Ann. He often told Michael, You do well in school. Ill pay the bill. The Sisters of Saint Joseph at Jackson School loved John and Ann, and continued to ask for them through the years. John would proudly share news of Michael and his beloved grandchildren with anyone who would listen. Johns great love for his family, his friends, his city, and his Church were evident in the way he lived his life. In his retirement years, he and Ann were regulars at the 10:00 AM Mass at Saint Ignatius Church, where they maintained a warm circle of friends and acquaintances. They also knew many caring people at the restaurants and lunch places they enjoyed frequenting. Known for his welcoming spirit, warm smile, loyalty, passion, and generosity, John nonetheless avoided the spotlight, Quick to share a funny story, a bit of advice, and most importantly, his time, John was unafraid to confront injustice or to support a family member or friend in a difficult situation. Johns large circle of family and friends suffered more than its share of serious illness and loss over the years. Whenever anyone was sick or went home to God, John was always present with compassion and love for both the person involved and for the family. Visiting hours will be at the Eaton Funeral Home, 465 Centre Street, Newton, MA on Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 from 4-7pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady Help of Christians Church at 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 23, followed by interment Calvary Cemetery, Waltham. In lieu of flowers, donations in Johns honor may be made to the , 30 Speen St, Framingham MA 01701

Published in The Newton Tab from May 22 to May 29, 2013
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