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Marshall passed away after a long battle with cancer on November 25 in Haverhill at the High Pointe-Merrimac Valley Hospice House. Born on September 18, 1932, to Harold I. Jolotta and Beatrice M. Bragg Jolotta in Newburyport, Mass. He attended Newburyport Schools. His love of the ocean made it a natural choice for him to join the Navy and he served on the USS F. M. Robinson (EDE-220) as a Boatswain Mate during the Korean War.
After his honorable discharge he married his High School sweetheart, Lillian A. Wright. They were married 63 years before she passed in 2016.
Cap, as he was known to most of his family and friends, was an avid hunter and fisherman. He owned and operated a commercial boat on the Merrimack River for most of his life. He had some very interesting catches over his many years lobstering, dragging and tuna fishing. He loved to garden and there was always a family effort with most of those actives.
When he was not fishing he worked for B&M Railroad which became Gilford Transportation Industries as a mechanic foreman, till his retirement.
He was a life-time member of the Neptunes and the North End Boat Club.
He is survived by his five children, Jeanine Cunningham of Newbury, Jennifer Colclasure and her husband, George of Rantoul, Ill., Jeanette Small and her husband, Tom of Sandown, N.H., Joanne Gibson-Dome and her husband, Del of Salisbury, and Marshall Jolotta and his fiancé, Jody Bickford of Salisbury. He leaves nine grandchildren, Valerie Farnell, Megan Cunningham, Richard Cunningham, Elizabeth Clutts, Derek Shreves, Kennette Colby, Jessie Gibson, Sarah Gibson and Bethany Dow; and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Helen Gill and Jean Gustavson of Englewood, Fla. There are several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents.
A celebration of his life will be held December 3 at 3 p.m. at the Old South First Presbyterian Church, Federal Street, Newburyport, MA. In lieu flowers, please make contribution to the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV), 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.
Published on  November 30, 2017
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