Sturgis John
1938 - 2021
Tolland Memorial Funeral Home
375 Merrow Rd
Tolland, CT

John Sturgis, 83 of Tolland, and formerly of Stoneham, Massachusetts, passed peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 21, 1938, in Lawrence, Massachusetts to the late Guy and Marjorie (Washburn) Sturgis. He was married to his wife Paula (Calzolari) Sturgis for over 58 years. Besides his loving wife, Paula, he is survived by his children, J. Scott Sturgis and his wife, Janet of Tolland, Jeffrey Sturgis of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida; and his four grandchildren, Erika Sturgis, Nicholas John Sturgis, Breana Sturgis, and Gavin Sturgis; and his brother, Robert Sturgis of Simsbury; and his brother-in-law, Douglas Whitehouse. In addition to his parents, Marjorie and Guy Sturgis, he was also predeceased by his stepfather, Loring Cushman; his sister Nancy Whitehouse; and his sister-in-law, Judy Sturgis.

John was known by everyone as a wonderful man, husband, father, and friend, who always provided insight to anyone in need. He was an Engineering Manager for Polaroid for 35 years, where he worked on the famous Polaroid film. He was an avid golfer, playing up until the last year. In his early years, he was a car buff, but that changed when he welcomed his first child, Scott, trading in his beloved Corvette to accommodate the newborn. He also was extremely talented, working on completing too many projects to count over the years. He graduated from the University of Maine, and spent much of his adult life on Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, Maine. Initially, he spent time at his parents' cottage, but eventually he and Paula built their dream home. Here, they enjoyed wonderful times with the family and friends, memories including lobster feasts, boating, tubing, swimming, fishing, and just well spent time together. "Pops" as he was affectionately called, loved spending time with his family and watching the grandchildren grow.

Per John and Paula's wishes, a private celebration of life to honor John will be held at a future date. There will be no calling hours or service at this time.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ECHN, Visiting Nurse and Health Services of CT, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066.


A celebration of life for Sally Keleher Goodwin of South Windsor, and Dunedin, Florida, (1928-2020) will be held at Center Cemetery, 993 Main St., South Windsor, at 12:30 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 24. In the event of inclement weather, the celebration of life will be in the sanctuary at First Congregational Church, 993 Main St., South Windsor, (masks are required) with the interment following.

In lieu of flowers, donations can sent to Wood Memorial Library and Museum, South Windsor, CT or The Hartford County 4-H.

A reception at Topstone Golf Course, Griffin Road, South Windsor, will be held after the interment.

Published by Journal Inquirer from Oct. 16 to Oct. 20, 2021.
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