John Malcolm Jr.
1933 - 2020
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John Davidson Malcolm, Jr., age 86, formerly of Lynnfield, MA, for 53 years and currently a beloved resident of RiverCourt Residences in Groton, MA, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020. He was the son of the late John D. Malcolm Sr. and Helen (Johnstone) Malcolm. John graduated from Everett High School in 1951 before enlisting in the United States Air Force with service during the Korean War, achieving the rank of Staff Sargent. After his proud service with the USAF, John went into partnership with his father in the Malcolm Electrical Contracting Company, Inc., in Everett, MA. As the business grew, his expertise grew in the arson investigation field and he became a well-respected Certified Fire Investigator in forensic electrical and fire consulting, investigating many important cases within the US and overseas. He was a life member of the International Association of Arson Investigators; life member of the MA Charitable Mechanics Association; past president of the Everett Cooperative Bank Board of Directors; past president of Rotary International, Lynnfield; over 30 years of membership with the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in the Valley of Boston; a Master Mason of the Lynnfield-Zetland Lodge A.F. & A.M. for 41 years; a member of the Wakefield/Lynnfield United Methodist Church where he was recognized for over 50 years of membership. John was a lifelong private pilot and flight instructor, flying his plane out of TEW-MAC and Lawrence Municipal Airport. Later, John became an advocate in the protection of horses; often volunteering at Ironstone Farm to assist in their therapeutic riding program to individuals with a variety of challenges. He could often be found at 'the barn' with his horse, Sunny, and his dog, Allie, by his side. John is proceeded in his passing by his wife Carol (Minchin) Malcolm and his sister Helen (Malcolm) Stickney. John is survived by his brother, Charles Malcolm and his wife Judy of Oregon. John is the beloved father of: Susan Malcolm (Florida), Cynthia Martell and her husband Paul (Groton), John D. Malcolm, III, and his fianc Suzanne Oslander (Connecticut), Scott Malcolm and his wife Cindy (Kansas), 4 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. John also leaves behind many caring family and friends. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date at the Wakefield/Lynnfield United Methodist Church. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared and prayed for Dad over the last few years while he struggled with dementia and while battling the coronavirus. Donations may be made to Nevins Farm/MSPCA, Methuen, MA in lieu of flowers. Arrangements were provided by Badger Funeral Home in Littleton, MA.

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Published in Observer-Advocate from May 22 to Jun. 4, 2020.
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July 16, 2020
I had the privilege of working with John Malcolm Jr. since the early 1980's when I transferred into the State Fire Marshal/Mass State Police Arson/Bomb Unit. Over the years we worked together on dozens of fire scenes in New England and also on the Board of Directors of the Mass Chapter, International Association of Arson Investigators. He was incredibly skilled in electrical codes and identifying or ruling out electrical causation. Very, very few electrical engineers functioned at his level.

The Mass Chapter IAAI, thanks to his inspired leadership, grew from a handful of members from the Boston area to over 400 members statewide. The training provided by the Mass IAAI focused on critical skill training and ended up attracting fire investigators from other states in addition to large audiences of Massachusetts fire, police and private sector personnel.

Over the years we became good friends. For years before his passing I regularly made the pilgrimage from Western Mass to the Longhorn Steak House in Lynnfield to enjoy a 'cattleman's cut' T-Bone steak with John. He was a man of strong constitution who, in his eighties, would never leave anything on his plate. A private pilot & skilled equestrian he was truly a Renaissance man.

I enjoyed his company immensely as did anyone who joined us. I felt privileged to call him 'Friend' for almost forty years.

Robert A. Corry
Detective Lieutenant (retired)
Mass State Police
Commanding, SFM Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit
Robert Corry
June 24, 2020
I remember John and his sister Helen sitting with their parents every Sunday morning in the second row in the balcony of the Fiirst Congregational Church in Everett.
Phyllis Newhall. (Howell)
May 23, 2020
Bumpa, you will be missed at family dinners. I will never forget where the horse bit you. Love you very much!
Carolyn LaRose
May 23, 2020
I was the volunteer coordinator at Ironstone Farm when John started volunteering there. Our mutual love of horses and cats developed into a friendship outside of Ironstone. I enjoyed hearing him recount his fire investigative stories and the interesting places he visited. He was always so thoughtful, kind and caring about the programs at Ironstone.
Carolyn Burt
May 22, 2020
Your Dad sounds like a really great man. I hope your family finds peace knowing he's with your mom.
Stacey DeRosa
May 22, 2020
I knew John thru my work at Rivercourt and always found him to be so pleasant and courteous. He is missed there. My sincere condolences to all his loved ones.
Sue Roberts
May 21, 2020
Hi Uncle John, Thanks for all the great memories flying around and your inspiration for me joining the Air force. You had some many laughs with all us kids running around wrestling with you!! I always looked up to you and always will, and now I will just have to look up a little farther. God speed Love Bob
Bob Strand
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