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Jane H. (philbrick) Miller, 69
Jane H. (Philbrick) Miller, 69
Class of 1961
Passed May 14, 2013
?In Memory of Jane H. (Philbrick) Miller
September 20, 1943 - May 14, 2013

Obituary

Jane H. (Philbrick) Miller of Hyannis died on May 14, 2013 at the age of 69.

Jane H. (Philbrick) Miller of Hyannis died on May 14, 2013 at the age of 69. She was the loving wife of Benjamin R. Miller, Sr.

Jane was a member of the Swift Memorial United Methodist Church in Sagamore Beach for many years.

She enjoyed taking trips with her husband, but the highlight of each trip was getting back to the Cape to be with her family (especially her grandchildren) and friends. Jane loved baking for her family throughout the year, but especially during the holidays – she was lovingly referred to as the queen of the high-dome apple pie.

Jane always enjoyed work, including her time at the Cape Cod Bank & Trust in Dennis and Holidays Hallmark in Hyannis, where she was able to be with people and make them happy. She also enjoyed red cross work and counted cross stitch, and having tea in her sunroom while watching the birds and her beautiful flower beds.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 pm on Monday, May 20, 2013 in the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd. in Bourne. Burial followed in the Massachusetts National Cemetery.
Jared Francis White, 24,
Jared Francis White, 24,
Class of 2001
Passed Jul 01, 2007
Jared Francis White, 24, of Monument Beach died unexpectedly Sunday, July 1, 2007.

Born in Stoughton, MA, he attended Bourne schools and also spent part of his childhood in Bridgewater.

Jared worked, and was talented in all aspects of carpentry, and briefly worked for a traveling carnival.

Jared was a loyal and selfless brother and a loving and supportive son. He visited his mother and siblings almost daily and always let them know how much he loved them, even with just a phone call.

He was well-known and well-loved in his community by his peers, fellow tradesmen and teachers. He always had a barbecue to attend or friends to visit.

He would give anything he had to help his family and friends, sometimes with a sigh and a bit of friendly reluctance just to make them smile.

He touched and was well-respected by all he encountered and he will be sorely missed always.

Visitation was held at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home in Bourne. A funeral was held at St. Peter's Church on the Canal in Buzzards Bay. Burial was private.
Jason Robert Comeau
Jason Robert Comeau
Class of 1987
Passed Nov 14, 2016
In Memory of
Jason Robert Comeau
June 29, 1970 - November 14, 2016

Obituary

Buzzards Bay – Jason R. Comeau passed away suddenly on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Falmouth Hospital.

Born in Lawrence, MA, his family moved to Cape Cod when he was three years old.

Jason graduated from Bourne High School in 1987.

Buzzards Bay – Jason R. Comeau passed away suddenly on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Falmouth Hospital.

Born in Lawrence, MA, his family moved to Cape Cod when he was three years old.

Jason graduated from Bourne High School in 1987.

He was the grandson of the late Patrick and Irene Morris and Anne Morris, Martin P. Burns, Sr., and Anne Burns. Also Norman Comeau and Eva Comeau. He will be missed by his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He assisted in efforts to help those in need. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone.

Jason could light up a room with his smile.

Jason worked in the auto industry in sales and finance. He was very successful in that field.

Relatives and friends were invited to attend visitation on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home 40 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne, MA followed by a Funeral Service at 7 p.m.

Interment was private at Oakland Grove Cemetery in Bourne.
Jason Smith, Former Bourne High School Standout Athlete
Jason Smith, former Bourne High School standout athlete
Class of 2003
Passed May 04, 2018
Cape Cod News
May 5, 2018

Jason Smith, a former Bourne High School standout athlete, died late on Friday, May 4. 2018.

Jason, Class of 2003, starred for the Canalmen on both the hardwood and the diamond. He reached the career milestone of 1,000 points scored for the Canalmen’s basketball program.

But he was perhaps best known as a right-handed power pitcher for Bourne and the Post 188 Legion baseball team in Sandwich. Smith, 33, was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 48th round of the MLB amateur draft in 2003. He was offered a full scholarship to attend University of South Florida, but opted to turn pro and join the Red Sox Farm System.

Former teammate of Smith’s and current Bourne basketball assistant, Tom Grady, said the following: “He was the best athlete I’ve seen in the purple and white. He was so loving and kind when we were kids.

Matt Gilbert remembers playing long toss with Jason Smith when the two were teammates on the Bourne High School baseball team back in 2003.

Smith, who was 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds in his senior year, would throw in the outfield from foul line to foul line right into the mitt. Gilbert, then a sophomore, said he would need to get to center field just to get the ball back.

They were also soccer teammates, and as a goalie, Smith could throw the length of the field or kick it “as far as he wanted to,” Gilbert said.

“It’s crazy how much of an athlete he was,” Gilbert said of Smith, also a 1,000-point scorer for Bourne’s basketball team. “Everybody in the town knew him because of how talented he was.”

Smith, who was drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox in the 49th round of the 2003 MLB Draft, died at age 33 Saturday at Cape Heritage Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Sandwich after battling a long illness.

“It’s just devastating,” Gilbert said.

According to Smith’s family, a celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. May 17 at Cape Cod Church in East Falmouth.

Smith had a fastball that hit 94 mph by his senior year in high school. He dominated opposing lineups, and in his senior season, he pitched a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts as Bourne knocked off Tri-County, 2-1, in the first round of the 2003 playoffs.

“He was a great kid,” said Bourne athletic director Scott Ashworth, who coached Smith in baseball and basketball. “I liked him both for a right arm, and probably today still had one prettiest jays (jump shot) of everybody in the program.”

Smith, a top 200 prospect according to Baseball America, received a full scholarship to the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2003.

His average velocity had dipped from the previous summer playing American Legion baseball for Post 188, and mixed with the scholarship offer, many teams avoided drafting Smith.

Still, his high potential at the time earned him a top-10 round signing bonus, which for the Red Sox ranged between $25,000 and $1.5 million, a Sox scout said back in 2003. The team also offered to pay Smith’s college tuition.
Jayne Ruth Hill, 39
Jayne Ruth Hill, 39
Class of 1987
Passed Nov 29, 2007
Sagamore -- Jayne Ruth Hill, 39, died November 29, 2007.

She was a 1987 graduate of Bourne High School.

A funeral service was held at St. Margaret's Church in Buzzards Bay.

Donations can be made to the Bourne Food Pantry, 6 Colonel Drive, Bourne, MA 02532.
Jeannette "jean" (tucker) Wagner, 62
Jeannette "Jean" (Tucker) Wagner, 62
Class of 1959
Passed Feb 21, 2004
Cape Cod Times
February 25, 2004

Jeannette "Jean" (Tucker) Wagner, 62, of Bourne.

Loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother, Accomplished Sportswoman and Civic Leader, A lifelong Cape resident died unexpectedly Saturday evening.

She was the wife of the Honorable Augustus F. Wagner, Jr. for 43 years.

Born at Tobey Hospital to Calvin and Sue Tucker, she was educated in the Bourne schools, graduating from Bourne High School in 1959.

She pursued her nursing career at Sturdy Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Attleboro, MA. Her nursing skills were utilized at Hightower Nursing Home, Monument Beach, MA. In addition to her early nursing career, she was a successful business owner and real estate agent. She also served on the board of directors for the United Way of Cape Cod and the American Heart Association, Cape and Islands Division, and was a member of the Finance Committee for the Town of Bourne for many years.

Throughout the many years of her husband's service as a Justice of the Superior Court, she traveled with him to virtually every county throughout Massachusetts sharing her kindness and generosity of spirit with all those who met her. As an example of her impact on others, Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen M. O'Toole honored Jean with a remembrance before delivering her speech to the Boston Inn of Court. An accomplished golfer and skier.

Jean was a member of The Ridge Club in Sandwich where she served for many years as the President of the Women's Golf Association.

Following in her father's footsteps, she was a proud member of the Hole-in-One Club, and found great success in many golf tournaments.

Jean skied at Saddleback Mountain in Rangeley, ME, with her husband Gus, her family and many friends for over 34 years. Recently, she was featured in a television presentation for Saddleback Ski Area in which she demonstrated her skiing prowess and sparkling personality.

Visiting hours were Friday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Boulevard (Route 28), Bourne.

A church service was held on Saturday at 10 a.m., First Congregational Church, 68 Main Street, Falmouth, followed by burial at Oakland Grove Cemetery, Bourne.
Jeffrey P. Harrington, 39
Jeffrey P. Harrington, 39
Class of 1992
Passed Oct 14, 2013
Jeffrey P. Harrington, 39

Oct 21, 2013

Jeffrey P. Harrington, age 39, of Buzzards Bay and Cancun, Mexico, passed away unexpectedly in Cancun on October 14, 2013.

Jeff was born in Boston and was the beloved son of Alfred and Judith Harrington of Buzzards Bay.

He graduated from Bourne High School in 1992.

Jeff had been employed by Captain Al’s Restaurant and Tiki Bar in Buzzards Bay and was a part-time caretaker of an apartment complex in Cancun at the time of his death.

Jeff especially loved his family, friends, and playing semi-pro football on a team in Cancun. He also loved the Patriots, listening to music, and following U.S. politics.

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, October 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Captain Al’s Restaurant, 3236 Cranberry Highway, Buzzards Bay.

Donations in Jeff’s memory may be made to The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, P.O. Box 767, Framingham, MA 01701.

Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham.
Jennie A. (consoni) Bulla, 96
Jennie A. (Consoni) Bulla, 96
Class of 1938
Passed Nov 16, 2016
In Memory of
Jennie (Consoni) Bulla
April 8, 1920 - November 16, 2016

Obituary

Jennie A. (Consoni) Bulla, 96, of Sagamore, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Cape Heritage in Sandwich, MA.

She was the wife of the late John A. Bulla, who passed away in 2011..

Jennie was born in Bevilacqua, Italy, her parents were Louis and Maria Consoni. They arrived at Ellis Island when Jennie was 2 years old.

She and her family lived in Somerville, MA before moving to Sagamore. Jennie attended Sagamore Grammar School and graduated from Bourne High School. Jennie was extremely proud of her Italian heritage.

She was the Postmaster in Sagamore for 36 years. Jennie was also the former secretary of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, former treasurer of the Cape Cod Symphony, former Secretary of the Sagamore Mother's Club, a member of Opera New England and Corpus Christi Women's Guild.

After retiring, Jennie loved to travel and visited many countries. She also enjoyed reading and her lengthy walks along the Cape Cod Canal. But, her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Jennie's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Cape Heritage for their kindness and care, especially the Tupper Unit.

Relatives and friends were invited to attend her Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Corpus Christi Parish, 324 Quaker Meeting House Road East Sandwich, MA.

Interment at St. Peter's Cemetery Sandwich, MA.
Jennifer M. (moore) Lawson, 54
Jennifer M. (Moore) Lawson, 54
Class of 1965
Passed Apr 14, 2001
Hyannis

Jennifer M. (Moore) Lawson, 54, died unexpectedly April 14, 2001 while working at her store in Hyannis.

Mrs. Lawson was born in Elizabeth, N.J., and attended Bourne schools, graduating from Bourne High School.

For the past 15 years, Mrs. Lawson worked at Cape Cod Hospital where she had been employee of the month. She had previously worked for various insurance agencies in the Cape area.

Mrs. Lawson was the former owner of Danielle's, a hat shop, and a Jacob's Ladder, a religious book store, both in Hyannis.

At the time of her death, she owned Simply J's, a fine apparel store on Main Street in Hyannis.

She was member of the Church of the Firstborn in Hyannis where she was church treasurer. She had received an award for being active in prayer and support for the southern churches that were victims of arson.

Funeral services were held at New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church in Hyannis.
Jennifer M. Flanders, 20
Jennifer M. Flanders, 20
Class of 2004
Passed Nov 16, 2006
Obituary: Jennifer M. Flanders, Junior Nursing student

November 22, 2006

Jennifer Marie Flanders, 20, of Bourne, a junior Nursing student, died Nov.16 at the Children’s Hospital in Boston after a long battle with cystic fibrosis.

Born in Wareham, she was a lifelong resident of Bourne and a 2004 graduate of Bourne High School..

Donations in her memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, c/o Jemmies Jammers, 220 North Main St., Suite 104, Natick 01760
Jerry Byron Corbitt, 71
Jerry Byron Corbitt, 71
Class of 1961
Passed Mar 08, 2014
Jerry Byron Corbitt, 71

January 7, 1943 - March 8, 2014

Biography

Jerry Byron Corbitt of Smiley, Texas passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Mr. Corbitt was born January 7, 1943 in Moultrie, GA to Mary Hall Corbitt and Colonel Byron Corbitt, Master Sergeant, USAF retired, both deceased.

Visitation was held 4 to 6 p.m. for family and close friends on Saturday, March 15 at Bakers Funeral Home, Moultrie, GA.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 at the Antioch Baptist Church, Omega, GA with burial following at the Omega Cemetery. The Rev. Danny Smith and Steve Meders officiated.

Member of The Youngbloods
Rock & Roll, Singer/Songwriter

Jerry Corbitt was the singer of The Youngbloods for their first 2 albums and was only "pictured" on Elephant Mountain.

Corbitt was his first solo album in 1969, but its better than anything The Youngbloods ever did with or without him!

March 10, 2014

Jerry Corbitt is gone from this world. We lost him this weekend. He left peacefully and willingly having lost a long battle with lung cancer. He was my best friend and I miss him.

There seems to be a hole in my life now and I'm trying to fill it with memories of him and all the adventures we shared creating the Youngbloods.

I just watched Jerry singing Grizzly Bear on the Dick Clark show. That was the fall of 1966. He is so young and handsome and his voice so strong in that video, strong as his love of ragtime music learned from the old folk guitar masters.

We still lived in New York when the first album came out but we were destined to play the Avalon Ballroom in the Spring of 1967 and head west that next September. We caught the leading edge of the summer of love and knew we belonged in San Francisco.

Jerry and I drove my funky little Valiant across the country together. We were so excited and full of the dreams of a new life in the hills of West Marin. What a time! It has all happened way to quickly. And now I shall have to press on without him. But this video is how I will remember him....young and strong and full of dreams. And I will carry the strength of our friendship with me always. Jesse Colin Young
Joan Stella (ojala) Boudrot, 64
Joan Stella (Ojala) Boudrot, 64
Class of 1958
Passed Jan 25, 2005
Cape Cod Times
January 27, 2005

Joan Stella (Ojala) Boudrot, 64 Advertising Executive, Realtor, Avid sailor

NORTH FALMOUTH

Joan Stella (Ojala) Boudrot, 64, died Tuesday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, of complications from a brain tumor.

Born in Malden, MA she grew up in Bourne and as a child she excelled in 4H, graduating with honors from Bourne High School.

She went on to Brown University and, upon graduation from Brown, she entered the Advertising field, working in Philadelphia and Boston for over 25 years.

Joan was a supporter of the Special Olympics and avid sailor.

Survivors include her husband Richard Boudrot of North Falmouth, four step daughters and seven step grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, c/o Dr. Patrick Wen, Neuro-Oncology, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA

Arrangements were by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Falmouth.
Joann F. Riley
JoAnn F. Riley
Class of 1981
Passed Nov 29, 2012
JoAnn Frances Riley of Monument Beach, passed away on Thursday November 29, 2012 after bravely battling her illness for many years.

She was the beloved daughter of Robert and Mary Ann M. Riley of Monument Beach.

JoAnn was born on October 8, 1963 in Duluth MN and has lived on Cape Cod since 1967.

She attended Bourne schools and Stonehill College in Easton, MA graduating with honors with an advanced degree in Biology. She worked as a Medical Technologist for many years at Falmouth and Cape Cod Hospitals.

JoAnn was a great fan of the Boston Red Sox, and was known for her constant good humor, her enjoyment of time with her family especially children, her generous kind hearted nature, and especially her close and loving relationship with her mother and father. She will be greatly missed.

Visiting hours were held on Thursday, December 6th from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home 40 MacArthur Blvd, Bourne, MA.

Private burial was on Friday at the Sagamore Cemetery.
Joanne Marie Lafratta
Joanne Marie LaFratta
Class of 1975
Passed Sep 21, 2016
September 25, 2016
Joanne Marie LaFratta

BOURNE - Joanne Marie LaFratta of Monument Beach and Long Beach, CA, passed away peacefully on September 21, 2016.

Born October 23, 1956, predeceased by her parents James and Georgianna R. (Fleury) LaFratta.

She was a graduate of Bourne High School in 1975 and during the 1980 Olympics, Joanne was security Lt. in charge of Hockey and Speed skating practices and competition.

She worked for Northrup Corporation for 12 years in Thousand Oaks California as travel coordinator. She also worked security for Cerritos Performing Arts in LA County for 11 years.

Joanne enjoyed biking, fundraising events, tennis, sailing and gardening.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, September 27th at 11 AM at the South Monument Cemetery, 415 County Road, Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joanne's memory to the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation for VNA of Cape Cod, P.O. Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601.
John 'jack' Alfred Sanford, 87
John 'Jack' Alfred Sanford, 87
Class of 1946
Passed Mar 05, 2016
In Memory of John Alfred Sanford
October 26, 1928 - March 5, 2016

Obituary

John 'Jack' Alfred Sanford, 87, passed away on March 5, 2016 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Born on October 26, 1928, Jack was a lifelong resident of Bourne, Massachusetts.

He loved his family, the Red Sox, storytelling and playing baseball. In 2005, he was inducted into the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame.

He is preceded in death by his mother Genevieve; his four brothers Edward, William, Robert and Phillip; his sister Margaret; and his son Scott. .

The family welcomed loved ones and friends to celebrate his life at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home 40 MacArthur Blvd, Bourne, MA 02532 on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

On Friday, March 11, 2016 there was a prayer service at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's memory can be made to:
Cape Cod Baseball League
P.O. Box 266
Harwich Port, MA 02646-0266
John Anthony Gallo, 75
John Anthony Gallo, 75
Class of 1956
Passed May 31, 2013
In Memory of John A. Gallo

March 13, 1938 - May 31, 2013

Obituary

John Anthony Gallo, lifelong resident of Sagamore, was born March 13, 1938 and died at the age of 75 on Friday, May 31, 2013 at Cape Cod Hospital.

He was a 1956 graduate of Bourne High School where he was a star athlete in football and basketball.

He went on to study at a Prep School in Pittsfield, Maine from 1956 to 1957. John then attended Texas Christian University from 1957 to 1959 after which he served in the U.S. Army for two years. After his military service, he joined Gallo Construction Company. Upon the death of his father, John Gallo, in 1978, he and his brother Louis took over the operation of the Company until John retired in 2001.

He was an avid sports fan especially his New England Patriots. He even named one of his race horses, "Belichek". He was the family storyteller (sometimes embellished but always true). He was a friend to many, loved by all and generous to a fault. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Gallo and Alide Giovo Gallo and his son Anthony "Jon-Jon" Gallo.

Visiting hours were held from 3 to 9 PM on June 4, at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A, Sandwich, MA.

A Funeral Mass was held on, June 5, at Corpus Christi Parish, 324 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, East Sandwich.
John B. Bourne, 83
John B. Bourne, 83
Class of 1937
Passed Oct 15, 2002
Obituaries, South Coast Today
Oct. 16, 2002

BOURNE -- John B. Bourne, 83, of Buzzards Bay died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, at the Cape Heritage Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Born in Mattapan, he was the son of the late John K. and Evelin (Bodfish) Bourne.

Raised in Bourne, he attended public schools here and later graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in agronomy.

He attended St. Patrick's Church in Wareham.

After serving in the Army during World War II, he went to work as a civil engineer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he worked for more than 30 years, retiring in 1984.

A member of the VFW and the Bourne Historical Society, he enjoyed traveling and gardening and was active with the Council on Aging.

His funeral was held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Church, High Street, Wareham.
John Eugene Bosnengo, 76
John Eugene Bosnengo, 76
Class of 1955
Passed May 04, 2013
Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 12, 2013

Obituary

Virginia Beach

John Eugene Bosnengo, 76, passed away on May 4, 2013.

Mr. Bosnengo was born on September 29, 1936 in New Bedford, MA. He was preceded in death by a son David Bullock and grandson Gary Beaver.

Mr. Bosnengo retired as a Chief Master at Arms with the U.S. Navy after 25 years of service. He also retired from Civil Service as Naval Base Police Officer at Norfolk Naval Base and Little Creek Amphibious Base, and Utility Specialist at Little Creek Amphibious Base.

He was a member of G.W.R.R.A., N.R.A., F.R.A., V.F.W., Fraternal Order of Police, USS Iwo Jima Association and the Yager Association.

He attended Little Creek Amphibious Base Chapel.

A celebration of Mr. Bosnengo's life was held on Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
John Francis Burns
John Francis Burns
Class of 1943
Passed Mar 25, 2013
In Memory of John Francis Burns
September 10, 1925 - March 25, 2013
Obituary

John Francis Burns, a lifelong resident of Buzzards Bay MA, died Monday, March 25, 2013.

John was born on September 10, 1925, in Bourne MA. Educated in the Bourne School system, he also attended the Industrial Technical School in Boston.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, John served on the U.S.S. Admiral W.S. Benson during W.W.II. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, John worked for the U.S. Postal service, as the first walking carrier in the Buzzards Bay area.

John matriculated next to the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Cape Cod where he was a dedicated employee for 42 years. He was also a member of the Bourne Planning Board.

A lifetime professional musician, John was a member of many area bands, preformed with the U.S. Navy band and taught many local youths the guitar.

Upon his retirement from Coca-Cola, John took up painting and enjoyed many hours with his brushes.

A hard-working and kind family man, he cherished time spent with his 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours were held at the Nickerson Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Boulevard, Bourne MA.

A Memorial Service was held at the funeral home on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with burial at St. Peter's Cemetery in Sandwich MA.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association .
John Gordon Macdonald Jr., "johnny"
John Gordon MacDonald Jr., "Johnny"
Class of 1962
Passed Jul 07, 2013
John Gordon MacDonald Jr., "Johnny", traveled to the Dark Side of the Moon July 7, 2013 from his home at Bourne Manor after a four month hope-filled cancer journey.

He was born July 3, 1943 in Wareham, MA to John G. MacDonald Sr. and Esther E. MacDonald.

Johnny was the eldest son of a proud United States Air Force family that called Pleasant Street in Sagamore home, all the while stationed in various bases around the world, most notably post WWII China and Japan.

He graduated from Bourne High School in 1962 and attended Bunker Hill Community College.

He worked as a lineman for New England Telephone but soon heard the call of the Open Road and began a lengthy career as a long distance, owner/operator, big-rig truck driver that dust and dirt actually feared, especially if unwittingly double parked on one of his trucks sparkling chrome accessories.

His knowledge of our country's highways and byways was unequaled and the beauty, wonder, and diversity of our great nation were unavoidable topics of conversation if you asked him how to get to Anywhere, USA.

Also, in the spirit of being a true Cape Codder, John became an able-bodied fisherman, painter, carpenter, mechanic, electrical engineer and anything else he decided to do, and his expert advice on all-above related matters will be forever missed.

He was a fast friend to many and, behind his cool aviator sunglasses and silver and turquoise Zuni peace-symbol belt buckle, he was a sober and thoughtful animal lover who believed there is hope for the hopeless.

Johnny thoroughly enjoyed and encouraged generations of antics from his furry, feathered, and painted-shell back-deck buddies.

He was predeceased by his grandson Andrew MacDonald.

Johnny's wish of riding a rising canal tide into Cape Cod Bay was honored.

If desired, please make a monetary or in-kind contribution to your local cat rescue organization.

Published in Bourne Courier from July 20 to July 27, 2013

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