John Robert Mitchell
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McDonald Funeral Home
19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA
John Robert Mitchell, 71

1950 - 2021

Lynnfield - John Robert Mitchell, age 71, of Lynnfield, formerly of Chelsea, died Saturday, October 2 at his residence.

Born in Chelsea on July 6, 1950 he was the son of the late James Donald and Marion Viola (Spracklin) Mitchell.

John was raised in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He went on to graduate from the former Grahm Junior College of Boston and to attend Boston University. John had worked in media, first with NBC in New York City, then he spent time with WEEI and WXKS-AM of Boston until 1994 when he went out on his own and build the now CAM Media, which continues to this day. In his younger years, John was an avid skier and played softball and hockey – most recently he had gotten into cycling. John was a very philanthropic man and was dedicated to several causes, most importantly, the Pan-Mass Challenge, Bike MS (National MS Society,) Best Buddies, Salvation Army, ALS ONE, and Communitas of Wakefield (formerly EMARC).

He was the beloved husband of Lauren (Cantalupa) Mitchell. He was the loving father of Cara A. Mitchell of Merrimac, MA and Megan E. Mitchell and her partner Chris Eriksen of Eagle Bridge, NY. He was the brother of James Mitchell and his wife Ethelyn of Revere, Nancy Belanger and her husband Daniel of Charlton, MA and the late Jean V. Montesano and her surviving husband Vincent of Revere, and the late Joan Mitchell. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as his beloved dogs Gavin and Maggie.

Service Information: His Funeral Service will be held in the Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer St., Lynnfield on Saturday, Oct 9 at 10am. Visitation for relatives and friends at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday, Oct 8 from 4-7pm.

In keeping with John's philanthropic spirt, the family asks for contributions to be made to the charity of one's choice.
Published by Daily Item on Oct. 7, 2021.
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Oct
8
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
McDonald Funeral Home
19 Yale Ave, Wakefield, MA
Oct
9
Service
10:00a.m.
Centre Congregational Church
5 Summer St., Lynnfield, MA
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I am crushed at hearing the news of John's passing...we was a great friend, teammate and general all-around good person...I wish his family all the Best! I will miss him.
Todd Nechtem
Todd Nechtem
Friend
October 29, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Johnny's passing. My condolences to his family and friends. I will remember him with his big personality and always working to help others. I enjoyed working with him while I was working at Giant Glass and we had a lot of good times and many memories. I'm sure his Legacy will carry forward to many. Blessings and prayers
Patti Cascio/Giant Glass
October 12, 2021
I was saddened to hear of the passing of John. I do not know anyone that lived life to the fullest like John. That constant smile on his face says it all. I was fortunate to reconnect with John 40+ years after our departure from Grahm Jr. College and every time you would get together with him, he made you feel like you saw him every day over the last 40 years. He loved life and his family. My thoughts and prayers go out to Lauren, Cara and Megan. John RIP buddy, you will be in our hearts forever. David "Doc" Penchansky Classmate at Grahm
David Penchansky
Friend
October 10, 2021
Lauren, Cara, and Megan; I am deeply saddened by the passing of your husband and father. John was instrumental in my life. I don't say that lightly. He helped me to understand drive, passion, leadership, kindness, sportsmanship (even against Hill Holiday). And so many other character building traits. I could just list every positive thing and I wouldn't even touch what he showed the world. I truly loved your Dad and Husband. Mitch rest in heaven brother. I love you.
Mike O'Brien
October 10, 2021
May he rest in peace
Jay Carney
October 10, 2021
Lauren - we just learned today of John's passing. John was one of a kind when it came to seeing the world through pure optimism. He will be missed. You and John remain in our prayers. God Bless.
Bob, Mary Ellen McDonald
Friend
October 9, 2021
Very shocked and saddened by this loss of one of my Grahm family members. I was lucky and fortunate to have crossed paths with John as I was with my close Grahm "Brothers and Sisters". You will always be remembered and in my thoughts and prayers. My sincerest condolences, sympathies, and prayers to the entire family. RIP my Brother.
Fred Trybus, Grahm Jr. College 72
October 9, 2021
My condolences to the Family. I am both saddened and shocked to learn of John's passing. We worked together in radio at WLYN in Lynn and later at WCBS in New York. He was a wonderful guy and highly successful in the Advertising business. He was an outstanding athlete having played hockey, softball and completed several NYC Marathons. He has left us way too soon - Rest in Peace, John.
Don Gorski
Work
October 9, 2021
My sincere condolences to John's family and friends. I always enjoyed reading his pursuits on his facebook page.
Patricia Naimo
October 9, 2021
Dear Lauren and Family, we are so shocked to hear about John´s passing, and send our heartfelt condolences. I will truly miss his smile, and the kindness in his voice as he cycled past me and Mila. May you Rest In Peace John.
Denise and Rico Petrillo
October 8, 2021
My deepest sympathy to Lauren and John´s family. A dynamic and positive force in business and in life. He will be sorely missed.
Terri Gamble
Friend
October 8, 2021
So sorry to hear of John´s passing. My prayers go out to his wife and family. He was a kind and wonderful person and will surely missed. We new each other from when we were young kids. Rest In Peace John.
Edna Dion
Friend
October 7, 2021
John was a force that couldn't be stopped when he had a plan, that includes business, charities, friends and family. He had a big heart and a big personality! He will be missed by many. RIP John, you were a good man.
Linda Szymialis
October 7, 2021
Lauren and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am so shocked and so sad. John was such a wonderful person. Always so friendly and kind. I always enjoyed seeing you too walking by my house with your dogs or seeing John cycling by. He will truly be missed by all. If you need anything please stop by anytime.
Charisse Tarr
Neighbor
October 7, 2021
Lauren, Our hearts broke when we heard the news. We loved John and his huge smile and bigger heart. You and John have meant so much to our family and we will miss John dearly. We have wonderful memories of you both and you will always be in our hearts. Our love, condolences and prayers are with you and your family.
David & Jocy Martorana
Friend
October 7, 2021
John and I hung out together for a little bit when we were in high school. A very nice guy. Sad to hear if his passing. My condolences to the family.
Edward Marchesi
School
October 7, 2021
Dear Lauren and family, Such shocking news! John was a great friend and gentleman. He will be missed by all knew and loved him. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May he rest in peace.
Candace Doucette
Friend
October 7, 2021
So sorry to hear of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and family
Dawne Schermerhorn
Friend
October 7, 2021
So sad to hear of john's passing he was such a kind hearted Gentleman!
Jozy Spinelli
Classmate
October 7, 2021
After Chelsea high classmate of John's, I am offering my deepest sympathy to his family. He was a wonderful guy and much loved by all of us. May he rest in peace.
Liz Joyce
October 7, 2021
Please accept my condolences on the loss of John. He was a wonderful person, always a smile on his face. He took me to my very first dance back in 1966 at Williams School and remained a lifelong friend. I am truly sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by the wonderful and giving life he led and the love he had for his family and friends. Rest in peace. You will be missed.
Jane Fitzpatrick
Friend
October 7, 2021
While thinking of John and searching through my pics, I found a nice picture of John ( and Dave) at one of the many successful fundraising events that John pulled together to help a friend. He loved helping people (and animals) out and would always do whatever he could!
Jeanne Shaffer
October 7, 2021
The world was made richer with people like John in it. We grew up together from 3rd grade on once my family landed in Chelsea. Praying the family is comforted knowing he has moved to his eternal home and he will be waiting for you.
Gwen Robinson Greene
October 7, 2021
John will be missed by many! He treated me like part of his family at CAM Media and I always loved him for that. John was very generous and caring, and he will always be in my thoughts for his kindness.
Jeanne Shaffer
October 7, 2021
I worked with John for only 2 years but what an impact he made on each of us who came into his orbit. His energy for life and generous heart were so evident in everything he did. A success in business but an even bigger success in life. My sympathy to his family, who he so often talked about they were his world. RIP John.
Beth Bullock-McGrail
Coworker
October 7, 2021
Lauren & Family, so sorry to hear about John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of heartfelt sorrow.
Joe & Donna Centrella
October 6, 2021
Our sincere condolences to Lauren and Johns family. We are so sorry to hear about Johns passing. We loved talking to John as he walked past the house with the dogs. He was an amazing individual and will be missed.
Matthew Cain
Neighbor
October 6, 2021
John was my first boss in radio back in the `80s. It was a fun time with the WXKS `team´ back then. My condolences to his family.
Andrea Hall Phinney
Work
October 6, 2021
So sorry for your loss. John was a great friend. We will miss him
Robert Camelio
October 6, 2021
Dear Lauren and Family, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing, my deepest condolences to you all for your loss. I truly do not know of another person as giving, caring and loyal a friend as John. He will be missed, and so fondly remembered for all he meant to so many of us, forever. Rest in Peace John. Charlie Noyes
Charlie Noyes
October 6, 2021
My sincere condolences, John was a great guy who will always be remembered by the people who knew him.
Craig Borchard
Friend
October 6, 2021
So sorry for your loss!!
Busy& Alice Cataldo
Friend
October 6, 2021
My deepest condolences to all who were loved by him. Kind and generous, his love and pride of his two daughters were beyond compare.
Laura Rizzari Roberts
Friend
October 6, 2021
Always Remember!!!
Jsmes Holt
October 5, 2021
My condolences to John´s family and friends.
Patty Cronin
Work
October 5, 2021
Dear Lauren, I am so sorry to hear of John´s passing. I have such great memories of him from the radio days and after. Wonderful person who touched so many. I´m sending you love and prayers. Lisa
Lisa Fell Costa
October 5, 2021
Pat and Paul Haley
October 5, 2021
To Lauren and to John's family, I have only had the privilege to meet John several times in my life and was always greeted with a smile and a strong handshake. He was the guy who made you feel welcome in whatever room it was. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to all who loved him.
Greg O'Keefe
Friend
October 5, 2021
He was an awesome father, i will miss him so much. i love you
Cara Mitchell
Father
October 5, 2021
Lauren I am shocked and saddened to learn of John´s passing. He was a great leader, a passionate advocate for radio and an even better person. My deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your family. John will be sorely missed
Jason Wolfe
Work
October 5, 2021
Lauren & Family, John was an incredible man. So grateful for his constant support of ALS ONE! He did so much for so many! May he Rest In Peace.
Kathy Gosnell
Friend
October 5, 2021
Lauren and Family, We are so shocked and saddened to hear of John's passing. He was one of the good ones and we will miss him and his loving and ever-positive outlook on life. We hope that you can be comforted by your fond memories of him and the fact that he had a positive influence on all who he knew and especially those in need. May he rest in peace.
Matt & Jenn Monkiewicz
Friend
October 5, 2021
John was one in a million for sure. God bless him and Lauren and the girls. I´m out of the country and really sorry I can´t pay my respects. Love, Julie
Julie Kahn
Work
October 5, 2021
Lauren, its been a awhile seeing you and John. I am heart broken and with grief, John was always their for me I will always have fond memories for the good times & bad. I too have a void in my heart God bless !
Jim Donnelly
Friend
October 5, 2021
Lauren and Family Johnny was a gem, one of the very best friends I've had. I will cherish all my memories of our friendship. His smile lit up the room, he always made you feel like you were the most important person in his life. Kelley and I send our sincere sympathy, and our thoughts and prayers are with you, Cara, Megan, and the rest of the family. We love you all.
Scott & Kelley Smith
Friend
October 5, 2021
Lauren and family, John "AG" was always kind and incredibly generous. I am very sorry for your loss.
Walter Radulski
Friend
October 5, 2021
Lauren and family So sorry to hear about John. Our sincere sympathy to your family. Our thoughts are with you all.
Ed and Joan Kirk
Friend
October 5, 2021
John was an INCREDIBLE man - caring, loving and compassionate. So many wonderful "John" thoughts and stories - he will be missed. xoxo
nika schena
Friend
October 5, 2021
Dear Lauren, John was a good man who will be missed by so many. His larger than life personality will leave a hole that can only be filled by memories of so many good times and his loving spirit that will live on in all who knew him. My prayers are with you, the girls and John's family. Love, Maureen
Maureen Howlett
Family
October 5, 2021
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