John Thomas Deskavich
John Thomas Deskavich

Greenfield, MA — John Thomas Deskavich, 92, of Greenfield, passed away on October 19, 2021 at his home.

John grew up in South Deerfield, MA, the son of Adam and Dominica Deskavich. He graduated from Deerfield High School in 1947 and earned letters from three high school sports. He kept these letters in his top bureau drawer for his entire life. In 1950, John married Nellie Grechel of Ashfield and they had three daughters. John and Nel met square dancing in the hill towns and later became accomplished ballroom dancers with a wonderful social life. John was still waltz stepping down the hallway in his final months.

John worked several jobs to support his family in the early days including delivering milk for Hillside Dairy. He retired from New England Telephone in 1991 where he directed repair operations most recently in Springfield, Massachusetts.

John lived in a very supportive neighborhood. The neighbors helped celebrate his 91st birthday in grand style with a tour around the block in a 1929 Model A with a sign that read, "It's my birthday and I am as old as this car!" Many other signs were displayed around the block, trumpets sounded, cards handed off and cake enjoyed later.

John was predeceased by his wife Nellie in 2015 and 8 brothers and sisters; Adam, Charles, Anna Hawthorne, Minnie Pratt, Mary Zimnowski, Helen Simpson, Paul, and Francis.

He leaves three daughters; Rinky Black (Douglas) of Erving, Karen Palaoro (Joseph) of Denver Colorado and Deborah Deskavich (Steve Roberto) of Northfield. He leaves five grandchildren; Nathan Black (Hilary) of Erving, Katie Black (Jim Ryan) of Wolcott, VT, Stephanie DeVault (David) of Colorado Springs CO, Regina Palaoro (Matt) of Denver CO and Joseph Palaoro of Littleton CO. He had five great grandchildren; Lucas, Wesley, Ava, Jacob and Stephan, a sister-in-law Joyce Deskavich and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank his loving and compassionate caregivers and Pioneer Valley Hospice. We would also like to thank Rodney and the boys who played cards with him for years.

At the request of family there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Northfield Food Pantry, P.O. Box 103, Northfield, MA 01360.
Published by The Recorder on Oct. 22, 2021.
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