John A. Waterman, age 75, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 14th, 2015 at the Lahey Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Malden on December 22, 1939. He was one of four children of Vernon and Vivian (Lane) Waterman. John was raised in Wakefield and attended Wakefield schools.
John met the love of his life and best friend, Lorraine, while working at Wes Parker’s Restaurant in Reading. The couple was married on May 21, 1962 and moved to North Reading. In 1966, while Lorraine was pregnant with their fourth child, the family relocated to Wilmington to raise their children.
John worked hard to support his family. He worked for many years as a pipe fitter for the General Ship Corporation in South Boston. John also spent time working in the HVAC and refrigeration industries. He was very good with his hands and could fix anything, woodworking being his favorite thing to tinker with.
In his free time, John liked to fish and loved to cook. Music was a passion of John’s and he loved to play the guitar. John also had an interest in flowers. He served as a consultant rosarian for the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Rose Societies. John was so well respected by his peers in the society that he was awarded the Bronze Medal by both societies in the same year.
Family was most important to John. He loved to spend time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to play games with them, would teach them how to cook and shared his knowledge of fixing things with them. They will miss the cherished time they spent with their “Grampy and Papa”.
John was the beloved husband and best friend of the late Lorraine V. (Wood) Waterman. He was the devoted father of Linda Reed & her late husband Dean of Wilmington, Bob Waterman, John D. Waterman, both of Wilmington, Carrol Rexrode & her husband Matt of Stoneham and Lorraine Simoneau & her companion Keith Frongillo of Wilmington. John was the loving “Grampy” of John, Jake and Ann-Marie Reed, “Papa” of Sami and the late Bailey Rexrode, great “Grampy” of Dominic and Bentley Frongillo. He was the dear brother of Dianne Young & her husband George, Vincent Waterman & his wife Pamela and the late Peggy Connolly & her late husband Bryan and brother-in-law of Robert Wood and the late Jackie Wood. John is survived by his niece Kerri Connolly, as well as many other nieces, nephews and friends.
Family and friends will gather for a funeral service on Wednesday, January 21st, at the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt.62) Wilmington, on Tuesday, January 20th, from 4-8 p.m.