John E. Hadfield

March 30th, 2016

John E. Hadfield, age 90, and long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died Monday, March 28, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.

John was born in Bath, England, September 21, 1925. John enlisted in the RAF (Britain’s Royal Air Force) as a teenager in support of his country following the Battle of Britain during WWII. Shortly after the war, John immigrated to the United States where he met and married Shirley Shipley of Vassalboro, Maine, in 1950. He also enlisted in the United States Army and participated in the Korean Conflict; he was trained in radar operations and, subsequently, became a Quality Control Engineer for various companies in Massachusetts such as Microwave Associates and Itek.

John was a Mason for over 50 years and a member of the Shriners organization. He and his wife, Shirley, began the Wilmington Dance Party and became the first presidents. They attended the dance party for many years. They played bridge every month with their Strout Avenue neighbors, the Simmons, Hoopers and Turners and also enjoyed many travel adventures with them.

Upon retirement, John volunteered at the Winchester Hospital and drove a van to transport burn patients from Logan Airport to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. He also volunteered for 10 years at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, MA.

John is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Shirley Hadfield of Wilmington, MA, his four children, Penelope Roche and husband Michael of Orange, MA, Pamela McDade and husband Norman of Andover, MA, James Hadfield and wife Patricia of Glastonbury, CT, and Patricia Campbell and husband Doctor John of Enterprise, AL. John is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Jennifer and Jillian Roche; Melissa (McDade) McMahon; Elizabeth, Rebecca, Jessica, and John Hadfield; Katelin (Campbell) Haver, Kristine (Campbell) Sawyer, Patrick and Matthew Campbell. John also has two great-granddaughters, Audrey McMahon and Anna Haver.

John was always there for his friends and family and will truly be missed by all.

Family & friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, April 4th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. John’s Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, April 5th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children- Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “John E. Hadfield”

  1. Bonnie Hebsch says:

    Our thoughts are with the entire Hadfield family. Your dad was a true gentleman. We have wonderful memories from Strout Avenue growing up. He always had a smile on his face similar to my dad.

  2. Dotty Campbell says:

    I am so sorry for your lose. And just like Bonnie I have so may good memories of all the Hadfield. John was a good guy. Love and prays to all of you.

  3. Pat (and Helen) Simmons says:

    So many fond memories. The sound of his voice has been with me since childhood and will be with me forever. As will his English humor and kindness. Our prayers go out to the family.

  4. Gregory King says:

    As one of the extended family from England I share with you
    The great loss of John Hadfield your head of family and my
    Dear Uncle. John left England as a young man to live a full
    And happy life in America but through all these years he
    Never left the hearts of all his English family members now
    Today we Mourn together from both sides of the Adlantic the
    loss of a beautiful human being we are all proud to have
    Known and loved. With my hands together with Aunty Shirley
    And all of Johns family we wish him farewell and thank God.

  5. Betty,Bill, Andrew and Elaine. says:

    My ‘Uncle Johnny’ was a lovely man and special to all his family on this side of ‘The Pond’. I have some wonderful memories of a man who was dear to all our hearts and he will be greatly missed. Rest in peace and all our love to Shirley and the family.

  6. MaryLou Simmons says:

    The first English Accent that I ever heard….I have wonderful memories of being in the kitchen at Strout Avenue while Tisha and I colored at the table…and he’d sneak us a snack when Mrs Hadfield wasn’t looking…. May he rest in peace…

  7. Carmel and Peter Hadfield says:

    A very special person whose laughter filled a room, whose sense of fun was contagious and who cooked wonderful blueberry pancakes for us.
    We shall never forget you John.
    May you rest in peace…

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