John Anciello

May 19th, 2020

John Anciello, (age 67), of Andover, MA, formerly of Cambridge, MA, passed away peacefully at home on May 16, 2020, in the company of his beloved family.

John is the cherished husband for almost 42 years to Dianne (Ardagna), loving father of Leah Anciello and her husband, Matthew Davidge and Michael Anciello; the adoring “Papa” of Shaun Davidge; the devoted son of the late Rocco and Anna (Bove) Auciello and the youngest brother of Joseph Anciello of Sarasota, FL, the late Patrick “Sonny” Anciello, and the late Michael Anciello. John is survived by many close friends and extended family whom he cherished dearly.

John was a proud Wentworth Alumni (Class of ’73) who built a successful career as a master proto-type model maker, starting out as an Exhibit Technician at Boston’s Museum of Science in the early 70s until he retired from his position as the Manager of the Prototype Industrial Design Shop at Bose Corporation in 2017. John was known as a man who could build anything; a skilled craftsman who instinctively knew the tools of the trade, creating many beautiful pieces of art and sharing his knowledge with all who wanted to learn. John was also known as a man who could fix anything; as a car enthusiast, he could be found in his garage working on a family car, or spending his weekends polishing his ’86 Corvette and attending car shows. John always felt at home in the city of Cambridge and would often explore the streets of Boston with his children, sharing stories of the way life used to be. John had a strong love of nature, which he instilled in his family, and would often walk in the woods with his camera taking in all of the sights to see. John, with his family, loved visiting Acadia National Park in Maine and hiking the trails at Mt. Katahdin’s Baxter State Park for almost 50 years. He is a significant influence in his family calling Maine their home away from home. John’s smile, sense of humor, caring nature, wisdom, Sunday morning breakfasts, and friendly personality will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s honor can be made to Friends of Baxter State Park, P.O. Box 322, Belfast, ME 04915 and by visiting

Due to the current situation of the Coronavirus and for everyone’s safety, the Anciello family has decided to hold a private service at this time.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.


16 Entries in Guest Book for “John Anciello”

  1. Paul Therrien says:

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of John, he was a friend, a coworker and just a great guy, he will be missed, my deepest sympathy to his family, my he rest peacefully in gods hands.

  2. Thomas Nilsen says:

    John was a great guy, I always enjoyed talking with him about work, hobbies, and cars, he loved his Cadillac. John will be sorely missed, see you on the other side!

  3. Carl Price says:

    Such a loss. John was such an amazing person. I’ve missed him ever since he retired and now I will miss him more knowing that I won’t have a chance to see him again (for hopefully a while). First round at the bar in heaven is on me.

  4. Steve Biehl says:

    So sad to hear this. Knew John for many years and always enjoyed working with him. My sympathies to John’s family and friends. RIP

  5. Lee Zamir says:

    I am writing this from Maine, and I know how much John loved it up here. I have such joy thinking back to John and his wife visiting me up here as I came up here to escape the world and make furniture in my shop. This is how I know John, for he was so much of the life and soul of the model shop at Bose. He extended to me badge access to that amazing place and would even let me carefully borrow some of his precious tools from his Gerstner tool chest. For that I will be forever grateful. But even more so, that he was so kind and generous with his time, knowledge, and spirit. I learned so much from him and will miss him dearly.

  6. Tony Rogers says:

    Of what has been said about John already; amazing person, amazing talent, smart, lovable, I could go on…these are things I think we can all agree. I am both shocked and saddened by this news and hope his family knows he was revered in life by most who knew him and I will always remember him as kind and fair. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

  7. Denise Paul says:

    Dianne and Family. I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Husband and Dad. I did not have the pleasure to know him, but heard so much about him from you, Dianne, as we shared many a lunch together at work. He touched a lot of lives and was a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to all.

  8. Chris Ratcliffe says:

    John was one of the good guys at Bose. He always had a smile for you and always made you smile. His affable way made him easy to talk to and he would never hesitate to help you when asked.
    I would always seem him during morning coffee and we’d always have a silly laugh about something and I missed that when he retired.
    I am sorry for your loss.

  9. Paul Bellacqua says:

    So saddened to hear of John’s passing and my thoughts and prayers are with Diane and her family. John was an old friend and co-worker. We moved to N. Reading around the same time, and then to Andover. He was a master craftsman who taught me so much and was always willing to help. I still have a piece of furniture that we each built a version of in his workshop that will be a constant reminder of our friendship.

  10. jeff and ilda king says:

    John has been part of our life forever and a day. He was always front man on the toboggan. And we could depend on him for anything. Memories flood us and bring us to tears thinking we will not be able to visit with him until we are all on the other side. He was a gentle, brilliant man who will be missed as our daughter’s godfather and uncle to both girls as well as steadfast friend. May you rest in peace and rise in glory.

  11. Tony Ferullo says:

    I am saddened by the loss of John. We worked together for many years at several different companies. He was indeed one of the best craftsman I have worked with. He will be greatly missed thoughts and prayers to Diane and her family. May he rest in peace

  12. Richard lacorte says:

    I met John for the first time last year with my wife Carol
    And John was so friendly and warm and I felt like I knew him for
    Years. I am so very saddened that he has passed away and I pray
    That the family will stay strong in the coming weeks n months

  13. Rebecca Crimmin says:

    John was a gifted model maker, a great colleague, and most importantly, a wonderful person. Always willing to share a smile in the hallway or share a coffee in the cafe. He will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  14. David Ewing says:

    A good man. A man of his word.

  15. Tracy Swyst says:

    I had the pleasure of working closely with John at Bose. He was well regarded by everyone and gained an undeniable respect for the masterly of his craft and his easy way with people. We both grew up in Italian families to immigrants, calling Medford home and traded many stories, shared many laughs and frustrations. I’m grateful to call him my friend and already miss him. We are all better off for having known him.

  16. Deborah A Lancaster says:

    John and I went to grammar school and high school at St. Mary’s in Cambridge. I often sat behind him in classes when the nuns puts us in alpha order (my maiden name was Clark.) John had a great sense of humor and was loved by everyone. We had been in touch via Facebook Messenger in recent years. Whenever I had a “Cambridge question”, John was the first person I contacted!! RIP, dear old friend and classmate. :(

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