John Strange, 85, of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, died July 18 at LifeCare Center in Plymouth. He was born in Abington, Massachusetts, the son of the late Thomas and Margaret (Kiely) Strange, and younger brother of the late Thomas Strange, Ann Marie (Strange) Healy and Mary Lou (Strange) Igo. John was a 1955 graduate of Abington High School, where he was a 4-sport athlete. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served in Japan and Taiwan while rising to the rank of Sergeant.
On his return from service John met Anne Hayes, and after a brief courtship they were married in September 1961, beginning a love marriage of over sixty years. He worked at Regal Shoes and General Dynamics before starting a 30-year career with General Motors in Westwood as a shipping and receiving warehouse clerk. After his retirement, he continued to stay busy with part-time jobs for Tedeschi Food Shops and Sullivan Tire.
John, or Jack as he was better known, will always be remembered for his sense of humor and easy smile. He was a call fireman in Whitman and an usher at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Hanson for many years. Jack enjoyed spending time in Cape Town with his family, before buying a cottage in Dennisport with his wife Anne. He enjoyed playing sports, coached several youth sports teams, and was an avid fan while cheering on his daughters and grandchildren at their games. In his later years, Jack enjoyed playing bingo and card games, bird watching, walking, attending parades, and listening to his police and fire scanner. More importantly, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife Anne (Hayes) Strange, John leaves behind two daughters, Sandra and her husband David Coonan Jr. of Duxbury, MA and Susan and her husband Michael Fitzgibbons of Nashua, NH. He was the beloved grandfather of Jessica (Coonan) Dombrowski, Justin Coonan, Andrew Coonan, Nicole Fitzgibbons, Kaitlin Fitzgibbons and great-grandfather Jack of Marlowe and Grace Dombrowski. In addition, he is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral mass to celebrate John’s life on Saturday, July 23 at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church, Duxbury. Interment will follow at Mayflower Cemetery in Duxbury. Visiting hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 22 at Shepherd’s Funeral Home, 216 Main Street, Kingston, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s memory to the Cranberry Hospice in Plymouth or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Posted on July 20, 2022
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