JOHN J. DEMARCO
1948 - 2020
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DeMARCO, John J. Of Plymouth, MA passed away on September 13, 2020 at the age of 72. After a courageous battle with cancer, he died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family who loved him dearly. John was born on January 3, 1948, in Boston, to Ella and Alfred DeMarco. As a boy, he loved his mother's Italian cooking. He also enjoyed watching his dad play pinochle with the guys or sitting with him watching his beloved New York Yankees, a habit that unfortunately made John into a lifelong Yankees fan! He learned the importance of hard work and family values from both of his parents. He had all sorts of jobs as he grew up to help support his family and to pay his way through college. Whether a fable or not, he would later in life tell his grandchildren about his time as an elevator operator, which he noted, "had its ups and downs." In 1965, at Boston State College, he met the love of his life, Rosemary Rizzo. The two celebrated their 49th anniversary this past June. Together, they bought a home in Wilmington, MA where they started a family and lived for 37 years. John taught mathematics at Somerville High School for several years but joined the corporate world at Digital Equipment Corporation to better support his family. He worked at DEC as it became Compaq and later Hewlett Packard. His true love of teaching returned later in life when John spent a few years teaching in Lexington before his retirement. He not only taught during the school day but sought tutoring opportunities as well. His passion was to help others, especially kids. For the last 10 years, John and Rosemary enjoyed retirement in Plymouth, MA pursuing their love of travel, most memorably with a trip to Italy which was John's lifelong dream. John was a strong man with a heart of gold. He was a great friend to all and the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back. He was a selfless person who simply wanted the best for his family, and he gave them just that. He was not the dad who simply coached his kids' sporting teams, but was also one of the co-founders of the soccer program in town for which they played. He was not the father who simply helped his kids with math homework, but also became a member of the school committee to ensure their education was the finest. He quite simply volunteered for everything and was always there if any of his children needed him. Having come from modest means, he learned the value of a dollar. He worked second jobs to give his family what he wanted them to have. Giving to his family involved camping trips back in the day with his wife and kids and, more recently, was expanded to include his kids' spouses and John's ten grandchildren on an unforgettable Disney Cruise. He loved life, but he loved it more when surrounded by his family. John is survived by the wife he loved so dearly, Rosemary, and their children, Ellen Bernard and her husband, Joe, of Stratham, NH, Jim DeMarco and his wife, Leigh, of Westford, MA, Laura Connolly and her husband, Joe, of Medway, MA, and Joan Kosowsky and her husband, Rob, of Darien, CT. He is also survived by his sister, Debbie Bourgeault and her husband, Bob, of Wilmington, MA. John's legacy, for which he was rightfully so proud, lives on in the ten grandchildren who were always spoiled and immensely loved by their Papa, Benjamin, Joseph, Celia, Lauren, Alison, Sloane, Katelyn, Meghan, Emery, and Devyn. Friends and family are welcome to call on Thursday, September 17th from 4-7 pm at the Davis Life Celebration Funeral Home, 619 State Road, PLYMOUTH. A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 18th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org). For more information or to sign the online guestbook, please visit www.cartmelldavis.com

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Published in Boston Globe from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2020.
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September 22, 2020
We always enjoyed John shopping for Rosemary at Leduc's. Bringing in the kids and helping them pick things out for their Mom. A true gentleman. Rest in Grace.
Kate Leduc
Friend
September 18, 2020
Dear Rose Mary and Family
So sorry for your loss. John was a great person to know. I enjoyed working with him at W. Diamond MS. He was so good to my special needs kids. Went out of his way to make sure they thrived in his class. He left this world way too early and will be missed tremendously.
Phyllis Sachar
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September 17, 2020
Our relationship with John goes back to the early 1960’s at Somerville High School. I, Joe, sat with John in the same rigorous and challenging Math and Physics classes. John was a very organized, hard working, conscientious and dedicated student. Whatever the question, he always was able to find the path to the right answer. But John was more than just an excellent student. He was a loyal and compassionate friend.

After high school, I, Chris, attended Boston State College for 4 years with John. We had some classes together and car pooled to school many times during those years. After college, although we were busy with work and family our friendship continued and we both enjoyed sharing stories about our children and grandchildren.

Every 5 years John joined us, with other graduates, to plan our high school reunions. Naturally he was the magician with our database. He was the rational mind and the peacekeeper when there were conflicts as to what we should do. Thank you, John.

John, we will miss: reminiscing about the good 'old days' at SHS (you always remembered my baseball/basketball games better than I did); our discussions about the Red Sox vs the Yankees; your critique of the Patriots every year; but most of all we will miss a warm, sincere and genuine FRIEND!

Heaven is now a better place!

Joe & Chris DiSarcina
Joe & Chris DiSarcina
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September 16, 2020
Sending my deepest condolences to your entire family. Coach DeMarco was always my favorite soccer coach- encouraging and beyond kind! He impacted youth sports more than he will ever realize.
Sincerely,
Meghan Birmingham Ranallo
Meghan Birmingham Ranallo
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September 16, 2020
Sending my deepest condolences to your entire family. Coach DeMarco was always my favorite soccer coach- encouraging and beyond kind! He impacted youth sports more than he will ever realize.
Sincerely,
Meghan Birmingham Ranallo
Meghan Birmingham Ranallo
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September 15, 2020
Dear Rosemary, Ellen,Jim, Laura and Joan
So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and touched so many lives over the years. Truly a caring man.
Many memories !!!

Barbara and Dick Lanzillo
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September 15, 2020
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September 15, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear about Johnny. I knew him as a teenager when a group of us would hang out together on Fiske Ave. He was always a great guy. My condolences to his family. Rest in Peace my old friend.
Jo-Ann Thompson
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September 15, 2020
Rosemary, Ellen, Jim, Laura,& Joan, We send you our love and sympathy. Wilmington Youth Soccer, was a labor of love for him and us. We have so many memories of the early years from going to Gloucester for old fishing nets to painting lines on the fields. John was always giving, not only to you his family, but everyone he meet. He will be miss by many. Kip & Jan Wheeler
Janice Wheeler
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September 15, 2020
Mr. DeMarco encouraged me to pursue my love of mathematics and programming when I had him as a teacher in Somerville. I will always credit him with helping me decide to make my career in computer software. I am sorry for your loss of a wonderful man.
Margaret (Hughes) Moran
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