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KRECKLER, John F. BPD Superintendent Retired age 97, April 3, 2021, a lifelong resident of Mission Hill, Roxbury Crossing, spent the last year of his life at Bridges by Epoch, where he was cared for lovingly, while maintaining his dignity and love of life. John was a child of the Depression, and he and his brothers and sisters were raised by their father after their mother Elsie passed away at the young age of 37. Those were tough times, but John remembered them fondly and was proud of his father for keeping the family together, even when advised to split them up. He attended Holy Trinity Grammar School and graduated Mechanic Arts High School in 1941. John enlisted in the Army in March of 1943 and landed with Battery B, 110th AAA Gun Battalion on D-Day in Normandy and also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of First Sergeant. Later that year he was appointed Patrolman in the Boston Police Department and after working his way up the ranks, retired as Superintendent in 1983 after 37 years of service. John then became Director of the NE Institute of Law Enforcement at the campus of Babson College, where he continued his service for 12 years, retiring in 1995. John never married, but was devoted to his extended family, with whom he was always loving and generous. He was predeceased by his father Francis X. Kreckler, mother Elsie and siblings Martha, twins Franny and Catherine and youngest brother Paul. His nephews and nieces Barbara DiPietro, Paul Kreckler, Thomas Kreckler, Theresa Heffernan, Marilyn Barr, Daniel Kreckler, the late William Kreckler and their families will greatly miss him. He never forgot a birthday, anniversary or holiday. John always entertained with his many stories and remembrances and loved to gently tease us all. His dry sense of humor was endearing. He was an icon on Mission Hill with daily attendance of mass, followed by his neighborhood walks. What sustained John through his life was his love of family and deep faith as a devoted Catholic and longstanding parishioner at Mission Church in Roxbury. Funeral from the William J. Gormley Funeral Home, 2055 Centre Street, WEST ROXBURY on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help "Mission Church" 1545 Tremont Street at 10 o'clock. Visiting hours Sunday, April 11th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Interment New Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mission Church or to the DAV. For directions and guestbook, William J. Gormley Funeral Service 617-323-8600

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Published in Boston Globe from Apr. 6 to Apr. 9, 2021.
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April 9, 2021
Supt. Kreckler,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice-first for our Country when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe fighting the Germans during WW II and later for the citizens of Boston when you served with with the BPD. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
Mike Casey
April 8, 2021
Superintendent Kreckler was a true gentleman and a great boss for so many years on the Boston Police Department and will be missed by all who knew and loved him, May He Rest In Peace .
William Carroll
April 7, 2021
JOHN was a great friend of my mother Ann Londergan and my aunt Catherine Kiely. I have great memories of visiting him and Martha when I was little at 735 Parker street.One was the most beautiful Christmas tree and decorating!So many l
precious memories and not enough space here! He was a great man that I respected and looked up to that I got from my mom and “aunty sissy”. He lived a long life may he Rest In Peace in heaven.
Patricia Londergan Murray
April 7, 2021
As kids growing up on Parker Street my 2 brothers and I would get called in to have Hot Chocolate with Mrs. Martha and John OH my the long conversations and laughs. He was and is Truely One Great Human Being . He will be sorely Missed . GOD BLESS Rest In Peace .
John Forshaw
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