John Dennis O'Leary
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The Villages Florida - John D. O'Leary of Newbury, Ma. and The Villages, Fla. passed at the age or 93 after living a remarkable life. Among his greatest accomplishments were surviving WWII and raising three headstrong daughters. John lived a life with tremendous patience and a sense of giving to others.
John was born in Wilmington in 1926 and lived his childhood there.
When John was 18 years old, he enlisted in the army, and was sent to France, Austria and Germany to fight in WWII. Ironically, it was the war that provided him with an opportunity to receive an education, something he could never have afforded otherwise.
He obtained an education through Fort Devens and U Mass Amherst. He soon met Marie Finnerty of Medford who was to become his wife of 58 years.
He worked in quality control and management for Hytron Electrics in Salem, Ma. and continued his career at CBS Electronics in Newburyport. In nearby Newbury he raised his children in a neighborhood where the kids ran through each other's yards, stayed out until dark and neighbors were more like family members.
After years working for ITT in Lawrence, he welcomed the incredible challenge of working as a consultant for Bernier and Associates . He had the opportunity consult with the Air Force in trips to remote outposts in Alaska and the Canadian Northwest Territories. After his retirement and his loving wife's death, he departed for Florida where he met a great group of golfers, and continued his daily walks without snow and ice.
John was a loving and giving man, caring for many as he traveled life's path. He had a great sense of humor and maintained his fierce independence, golfing and socializing until a month prior to his death. He was a quiet guy and, in his autobiography, he stated, "I think keeping quiet was my best talent." This was no doubt the skill that helped him survive a household of four women!
John leaves his three loving daughters and their spouses, Marianne and Bob Chauvin of North Carolina, Nancy and Bill Sauter of New Hampshire and Susan and Douglas Mitchell of Newburyport. He also leaves his cherished grandchildren, Kelly Chauvin, Julia Chauvin, Patricia ( Lindstrum) Bilodeau and her husband, Kyle,and Charles Lindstrum and his wife Emily. He was predeceased by his wife, Marie, his grandson Patrick Mitchell of Newburyport and his siblings, Robert O'Leary, Elizabeth Lawrenson, Jerome O'Leary and Phyllis O'Leary We will be forever grateful for his dear friend, Jim Paces of Florida as well as his faithful young breakfast pal, Christopher Townsend and the staff of Darrel's Diner who treated him like a star. Services will be private.
One piece of advice from John was "Working on who you are can take a lifetime so don't get discouraged." We love who he was. Go in peace dad, and may the wind be always at your back.
Arrangements will be private
Published on February 29, 2020


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The Gleckmans
Mar 05, 2020
So sorry for your loss, we remember both your parents. Also neighbors from Riverview Dr.
Victor & Karen Jimenez
Mar 02, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. We were so blessed to know John and Marie and couldn't have asked for better neighbors. May all of your wonderful memories be a comfort.