JOHN A. KANEB
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Beverly, MA
KANEB, John A. Chairman and CEO, HP Hood LLC. John A. Kaneb, age 86 of Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA and formerly of Lynnfield, MA died peacefully on August 29, 2021, with Ginny, his wife of 64 years, at his side and surrounded by his six sons. John was born in Worcester, MA to the late Beton Michael Kaneb "Mike" and Rachel (Couillard) Kaneb. John graduated from Melrose High School in 1952 and Harvard College in 1956. Following his marriage to Virginia Pyne "Ginny" in June 1957, he was commissioned as a Junior Officer in the U.S Navy. Upon the sudden death of Mike in 1959, John received a hardship honorable discharge permitting him to succeed his father in managing Northeast Petroleum, a company formed by Mike shortly before his death. John was joined at Northeast Petroleum by his brother Albert in 1961. Together they built Northeast Petroleum into New England's largest petroleum distribution business before selling it in 1983. John re-entered the oil business with his son Gary in 1986 with their founding of Catamount Petroleum. Subsequently, Catamount became the controlling general partner of Gulf Oil Limited Partnership until 2005 when the family sold its interest in Gulf. During this period, the family also entered retail gas distribution through the acquisition of Gibbs Oil. The family acquired HP Hood in 1995 and grew the iconic New England dairy into America's largest privately-owned processor with 3,400 employees and 13 plants spread across the United States from Maine to California. A parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Manchester-By-The-Sea, John was also a leader within the Roman Catholic Church having served as first Chair of Catholic Charities, as Vice Chair of the Archdiocesan Finance Council, as Chair of the Clergy Health Care and Retirement Trust, and as Vice Chair of the Catholic Schools' Council. John has served in leadership roles for a number of other organizations, as Trustee for Massachusetts General Hospital, Trustee and Board Chair of McLean Hospital, Trustee and Finance Chair of Partners Healthcare, Member of the Board of Fellows at Harvard Medical School, Trustee of University of Notre Dame, Board Chair of St. John's Preparatory School (from which all six sons graduated), and Director of The Innocence Project. In addition to his work with The Innocence Project, an organization that seeks to exonerate innocent prisoners and prevent wrongful convictions, in 2004, John was also appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Vice Chairman of the bipartisan National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. A lifelong baseball fan, John was a limited partner of the Boston Red Sox. Also an avid football fan, he was a Harvard football game season-ticket holder for all of his adult life. For his first date with Ginny while in college, John took her to a rainy Harvard football game where a roommate later commented, "You are going to marry that girl." In the 64-year marriage that produced six sons,18 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, this prediction has taken on greater meaning than when it was first expressed on that rainy day. John affected the lives of many people with his wisdom, his empathy, and his generosity. As all John's sons say, "Our father was a very good and great man." His philanthropy and thoughtfulness extended well beyond the institutions he served and led. Quietly, and acting on his own initiative, he reached out to innumerable individuals in need over his lifetime. His acts of kindness ranged from financing educations to seeking out medical procedures for individuals, to filling in as a father figure for children upon the loss of a parent. According to his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren, over the years, they have been both astonished and touched by the random stranger who upon hearing the name Kaneb shares a story of gratitude for John's boundless generosity. John's own humility and respect for privacy would have prevented him from mentioning such deeds. His sons feel that it is the human stories that make John the man of compassion they so admire. John is survived by his loving wife, Ginny, six sons, and five daughters-in-law: Stephen and Andrea; Peter; Gary and Diane; Bruce and Deb; Jeff and Karla; and Chris and Lisa. He was grandfather to Michael, Phillip, Jacqui, Kevin, Angel, Julia, Luke, Daniel, Blair, Brian, Kyle, Kristen, Holly, Nicholas, Anna, Ned, Margaret, and John; and great-grandfather to Mariana, Estrella, and Zoe. John is survived by his brother Albert and Albert's wife Diane; his sister-in-law Dorothy Lucas and her husband Louis; his sister-in-law Beverly Pyne; and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents and by his brother-in-law, Robert Pyne. He will be deeply missed by his entire family. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to any of the aforementioned causes that John supported during his lifetime. Upon John's request, the service and interment will be private. However, a celebration of his life will be held on October 9th. Details will be forthcoming.

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Our hearts and prayers are with all his family and friends. We lost a great person, but his example as a man & citizen who lived committed to his values and principles will always be with us.
Alecia G Lokpez
October 29, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You are a beautiful, warm, loving family. It was an honor to know you and to work for you. It was an honor to know your father. The world is a better place because he was here to help her "shine". Peace be with you all.
Terri Murray
Work
October 15, 2021
We have lost a " Giant of the Earth". May his memory be eternal and an example to our country each person's ability to nurture our heritage.
Peter H Dragonas, M. D.
October 6, 2021
I have seen John in so many roles over the years and he always portrayed the same traits- wisdom, wit, curiosity and caring. We lost a truly great man. My prayers for Ginny and the family.
Bob Mahoney
Friend
October 5, 2021
Jerry and Diane Booth
October 3, 2021
While a young woman working for Mr. Kaneb - I had dated my husband for five years and gotten pregnant. Mr. Kaneb instructed my boss, Virginia Palladino, To give me a few hundred dollars extra to help me during my exit from Northeast Petroleum - knowing I was w child. I shall Never forget his generosity. I have been married going on 42 years I´m very happy - thank you Kaneb Family!! An Inspiration to me I will follow by being generous to others in their time of need thank you Kay And family.
Nina Reitano Gallagher
Work
September 27, 2021
Harvard '90
September 22, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. God bless you and your beautiful family. Ken, Andrew, Christine and Dorothy Courtney
Kenneth A Courtney and family of South Hampton NH
Friend
September 12, 2021
Pete, and all of your family~ I just heard, and my heart is with yours, as I´m sure Lee´s ( lee David schacht ) would be... I think of you often. No words... Love, S
Stefanie Schulman
September 10, 2021
Mr. Kaneb was a very genuine, kind hearted man. It always made me feel appreciated as he would make his rounds around our office and plant to make sure he said hello, introduced himself and shook hands. I loved his saying, "you help us, we help you" . Thank you Mr. Kaneb for your caring and kind heart. May you RIP. Although, I only saw you on occasion, you will be sadly missed. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family of John Kaneb.
Pat Williams/ Philadelphia
Work
September 10, 2021
My deepest condolences to Ginny and the Kaneb family. I knew John as a fellow Board member of the Innocence Project. His unwavering commitment to justice, fairness, and bipartisanship in the service of pursuing the right path, will always be remembered. His generosity of time and spirit was abundant and I am grateful for his keen intellect having touched our lives. The world was made better by the example of his life. I will miss him. May time heal your grief.
Jack Taylor
September 10, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the family of John A. Kaneb, may God comfort them in their great loss. Although I spoke with him many times, I never had the honor or privilege of meeting him in person or to shake his hand, which will be one of my greatest regrets in life. I will never forget his kindness, sincerity and wisdom. He is the finest example of his Greatest Generation.
Linda M. Brooks
Work
September 9, 2021
Our condolences on the passing of an old friend. As one of John's old bankers at Bank of Boston many years ago, we have very fond memories of his and Ginny's wonderful hospitality to our team at the bank. His record of business and social activism is a model for all of us. What an extraordinary legacy he leaves combined with a very genuine humility and graciousness. Our sincere condolences to Ginny and all the family
Patrick & Agnes Connolly
Work
September 7, 2021
My sympathy to Ginny, the boys and the entire family. He was a wonderful human being.
Bettie Roberts
September 7, 2021
My deepest sympathy and condolences to Gary and the entire Kaneb family.
Sr. Marie Puleo MFIC
September 6, 2021
My deepest sympathy on the passing of John, truly a good and great man. When my husband was diagnosed with a serious illness, John was the lifesaver who offered to assist in getting the care needed at Dana-Farber. I have never forgotten his generosity and kindness at a difficult time. May he rest in peace.
Julie Holt
September 6, 2021
John Kaneb was a man among men. He was a wonderful role model. Always gracious, generous and humble. He made many many lives better.
Ray Arsenault
Friend
September 6, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ginny and her family. John was a great guy and well respected by all. May he rest in the peace and love of God.
Kaye & Frank Woodward
September 4, 2021
Team Harvey & Bozzuto!
September 2, 2021
Sincere condolences to the entire family.
Stephen Pelkey
September 2, 2021
Mark and Meki
September 1, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Dooley Family, Canton, Massachusetts
Work
September 1, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Kaneb family. Though not here in the present, I´m sure his Spirit will live forever in the hearts of everyone he touched. God blessed this great man with compassion, humility, and a giving heart. May he rest in peace knowing he left this world a better place for many.
Tammy Wiecek
Work
September 1, 2021
So sorry for your lost. I worked for HPHood for 22 years and meet John at a sales meeting and all we talk adopt family. I will always remember how he trough about my family not business just about people. You all should be very proud you had time in my words to a great MAN. My family will say a prayer for all. Bill
William Brown
Work
September 1, 2021
My condolences to all! A variety of interactions with John back in those days, to the benefit of many later on. In ways not likely thought possible or possibly "knew it was possible" as one plants a seed to watch it grow.... will add a few
Paul Nevins (from Northeast Petroleum era & again in 2001)
September 1, 2021
Russ Nicoletti
September 1, 2021
What a wonderful person and a phenomenal leader who made a difference in many lives. May God bless and comfort his family.
carol woodward
Work
September 1, 2021
From everyone here at Beverly Bootstraps, we send our deepest sympathies to Bruce, Deb and the entire Kaneb family. May John's goodness live on in all he encountered.
Sue Gabriel, Beverly Bootstraps
September 1, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to the entire Kaneb family
Paul M. Gangi Sr.
Work
September 1, 2021
Sending prayers and love to,Ginny. John´s legacy lives on in his many acts of kindness and generosity. I remember along with my brother, Bishop John D´Arcy, enjoying many Red Sox games with John and Ginny. Only one example of how he shared his gifts. Blessed memories. Safe home, John
Sister Anne D´Arcy
Friend
September 1, 2021
A gentleman and friend to many, and a blessing to even more. As Heaven exults, may those he loved comfort one another.
Mary Patricia Feitelberg
Family
August 31, 2021
I am saddened to hear of the passing of John. His kindness, generosity and profound love of family will be missed. He invited me and the Kaneb cousins from New York with open arms. I will never forget his eagerness to help with our company and the visits we had with him and Ginny. The world lost a wonderful man and heaven gained one. Rest In Peace John.
Nancy Badlam
Friend
August 31, 2021
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Mr. Kaneb was a great man and I will miss him very much.
Janet Noymer
August 31, 2021
To the Kaneb Family, Deepest condolences on the passing of the great patriarch of the Kaneb family. This is also a huge loss for the non-profit community of New England and even the Nation. We will never know the sum total of all of his good works and generosity. But what you are left with are your warm memories of a great father and husband, the example of an extraordinary philanthropist who never forgot the less fortunate and the love of a true Christian gentleman. He was a great old friend of my late father who will not be forgotten. May he Rest In Peace. Dan Flatley Milton MA
Dan Flatley
Friend
August 31, 2021
My Condolences to you and the Kaneb family on the Passing of John. May he rest in peace.
Tony El-Nemr
Work
August 31, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a dear man and gave so much. He will be greatly missed at HP Hood. My sincere condolences to you all. Debbie Harrington
Deborah Harrington
Work
August 31, 2021
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Your father will be missed by so many. It is because of your father that I tip so well when I eat out or stay at a hotel. I never forgot his reminder at each sales meeting.
Dina Meader Inside Sales HPHood LLC
Work
August 30, 2021
My sympathy and prayers to the Kaneb family. John is with the angels now, May he rest in peace.
Bro. Dan Walters, OSB
August 30, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Kaneb family on the passing of your beloved father. He will be deeply missed by me and so many others whose lives were touched by his wisdom and kindness. Rest in Peace John. Keeping you all in my prayers.
Andrea and Rich Fountain Jr.
August 30, 2021
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