John T. Washburn

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MANCHESTER - John T. Washburn, 79, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on August 9, 2018, after a brief illness.

John was born in Bangor, ME on February 13, 1939, the son of the late Albert and Dorothy (White) Washburn. He graduated from Hampden Academy, Hampden, ME in 1957, served in the Army Reserves and graduated magna cum laude from Husson College in Bangor, ME in 1962 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.

John was employed by the federal government for 36 years, first as an auditor for the General Accounting Office in Boston, MA and later as the chief financial sfficer for the Small Business Administration in Concord, NH. After retirement, John spent the next 20 years volunteering for numerous organizations including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and RSVP. In 2003 he was named Volunteer of the Year by the NH Food Bank, and in 2011 he received a Commendation from Governor Lynch for his more than 7600 hours of service to that organization. He was named a "Hero of the Year" by the American Red Cross in 2013 for regularly donating blood and platelets over a 35-year period. John also served as an usher at the Parish of the Transfiguration in Manchester for many years.

He was predeceased by siblings Kenneth, Raymond, Joan Ellingwood, and his twin brother Jim, as well as sister-in-law Mary (Day) Colcord and brother-in-law Jim Day. John is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lois A. (Day) Washburn and three children: Andrew of Alexandria, VA; Leslie Stafford, her husband Hugh and their children Gabby and Will of Chelmsford, MA; and Thomas, his wife Dara and their children Cassie and Chelsea of Ashland, MA; as well as brothers-in-law Richard Ellingwood of VA, Stephen Day and his wife Deborah of NM; Tom Colcord of ME; sisters-in-law Sylvia Washburn of ME, Alberta Washburn of ME, and Bertha Day of New Brunswick, Canada. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He enjoyed fishing at his camp on Madagascal Pond in Maine, reading, doing the New York Times crossword puzzles in ink, traveling throughout New England and the East coast, and sports. The Red Sox were a great source of enjoyment for him over these last few months. John loved family gatherings and his grandchildren were a special joy to him.

John was best known for his generous spirit and wonderful sense of humor. He was always eager to lend a hand, often providing transportation to his neighbors for doctors appointments and other events. He was never one who sought to be the center of attention, preferring to help in quiet, meaningful ways. He lived an ordinary life but did so in the most extraordinary way.

SERVICES: A Memorial Mass will be held at the Parish of the Transfiguration, 305 Kelley St., Manchester, NH on Sept. 15 at 10:00 am. The committal service in the mausoleum chapel at Mt. Calvary Cemetery will be private, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the American Red Cross, 2 Maitland St., Concord, NH 03301 in support of a new Bloodmobile or to the NH Food Bank, 700 E. Industrial Park Dr., Manchester, NH 03109.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Goodwin Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 607 Chestnut St., Manchester, NH. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Published in Union Leader on Sept. 9, 2018
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