John F. MacDonald

October 11th, 2016

John F. MacDonald, age 57, of Salem, NH, formerly a long time Wilmington resident, passed away peacefully on October 10th, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born on February 5th, 1959, John was the beloved son of Rose Mary (D’Urbano) MacDonald of Salem, NH, formerly of Wilmington and the late Colin MacDonald. John was raised in Wilmington and graduated in 1979 from Wilmington High School.

John was a hard worker, he started J – Mac’s Landscaping back in the 80’s. He was a valued employee at Woburn Housing Authority for over 20 years. In addition to landscaping, he enjoyed camping, working on cars and being a great friend.  John will forever be remembered as the most caring, trustworthy and kind hearted soul.

The most important thing to John was his family. He adored his wife and burst with pride when he spoke of his two children. The unwavering love and support from his family over the past several years through his illness has truly been remarkable.  John will be sorely missed by all.

John was the beloved husband of Lori (Hobbs) MacDonald, of Salem, NH formerly of Wilmington. He was the loving father of USMC Cpl. Tyler MacDonald and Courtney MacDonald, both of Salem, NH, formerly of Wilmington. He was the dear brother of Lisa Trabucco and her husband Albert of Salem, NH. John was the son-in-law of John and Florence Hobbs of Wilmington. Brother-in-law of John Hobbs and his wife Margaret of Billerica, Denise Rosenthal and her husband Dave of Lubbock, TX and Keith Hobbs and his wife Kristin of Tewksbury. John was the uncle of Alyssa and Paul Trabucco, Rachel and Jacob Hobbs and Peyton Hobbs. He is also survived by many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, friends and co-workers.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, October 13th, from 5-8 p.m. A funeral home service will be held on Friday, October 14th, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Memorial donations in John’s name can be made to the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine at or to the American Kidney Foundation at


26 Entries in Guest Book for “John F. MacDonald”

  1. Peggy Raffaelo (Caperci) says:

    I’m am deeply saddened about John. He was a wonderful and caring person when I hung around with him in the early 80’s. I can still remember many times a bunch of us would hang around the Wilmington Plaza with John. I can still picture his many different trucks all decked out in lights, especially the black one with the smoke stacks. He left a lasting impression. He will always be a part of this world in everyone’s memories that he met.

    My deepest sympathies to his entire family.

  2. Peggy Hobbs says:

    Truly the kindest man I ever met; always the first in line to lend a helping hand whenever it was needed. We are all left with only wonderful memories, and I’ll always remember his gentle, laughing face. Rest in peace, and thank you for bringing joy to our family. Until we meet again….

  3. Susan Sullivan says:

    I will truly miss this wonderful Man! Always the one with a smile and the kindest loving heart to all. His strength will always be an inspiration to me. This man loved his family with 100% of his heart and soul. My thoughts and prayers to all of you!

  4. Eileen MacPhail says:

    My sympathies and prayers go out to Lori, Tyler and Courtney, and to all John’s family and friends. He was really a great guy, and I know that he will be missed by everyone.

  5. Judy Frias says:

    Words cannot express the sorrow I feel with the loss of John. He has been a part of our family for over 30 years. John had a heart of gold. When he met my niece, we all told her to hang onto this one, he is a KEEPER. We watched John struggle with his illness for many years but you never heard him complain and always had that warm smile on his face. Our family was blessed to have John in our lives and he will be sorely missed.

  6. Denise Rosenthal says:

    Although our hearts are broken we will all be ok as John would want it that way. That’s the kind of man John was. Always thinking of others. He was he most caring and gentle soul I have ever known. Always the first to lend a hand, give you a hug, say let me do that for you, say your beautiful, say I’m sorry, offer help to a stranger. In fact, John never met a stranger. He was LOVED by all who met him. We have so many happy and wonderful memories of John that will stay in our hearts forever and will bring a smile to our face. Although he was my brother n law I always told him that he was my brother. My sister and their children were his treasures. Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers and hope that they can find some peace and comfort knowing how much John loved them and was loved by others.

  7. Judi Bromander says:

    Lisa, so very sorry for the loss of your brother. You are in my thoughts.

  8. Michelle travis says:

    Our condolences to the entire Mac Donald family… may he R.I.p.
    Lori you are in our hearts and prayers if u need
    Were here ????

  9. Gary Babin says:

    Immediately likeable, kind, gentle and a true family man.

  10. Veronica Buckley says:

    So very sorry for your loss Lori,tyler,and Courtney and mcDonald family.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers may he Rest In Peace.
    Lori need anything I’m here

  11. Kacee Fritchy says:

    My condolences to the MacDonald family. Although I never met John, Lori always speaks very highly of him and what a wonderful husband and father he is. I hope you can find comfort and your memories. My thoughts and prayers to you all.

  12. Frank West says:

    To the MacDonald family- Karen and I are saddened by your loss. John was a great guy and both he and Lori raised two great kids. We will keep John in our prayers. With deepest sympathy- Karen and Frank West

  13. Carol holden says:

    John was one of my best friend in high school he was always so kind hearted he would do anything for any one who needed him he was the best guy I ever have known he will be greatly missed.

  14. The Sica Family says:

    Lori –

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John was a wonderful person who endured so much. May he rest in peace. All our love!

    - The Sica Family

  15. mary mcguinness says:

    our prayers are with u and your faimly lori john is gong to be missed so much he was a very special person we loved him so much rip john

  16. mary mcguinness says:

    Lori our prayers are with u and your family john will be missed so much he was such a wonderful man .he was such a pleasure to be around love mary mcguinness

  17. Denise Boudreau says:

    So sorry for the loss of a great guy.

  18. Cheri Sheldon says:

    My deepest sympathies to Lori, Tyler, Courtney, and the rest of his family.

  19. Bonnie Blonigen Diorio says:

    Lisa, so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  20. Scott Morse says:

    I knew John well the first 18 years of my life; growing up as next door neighbors, John was a wonderful person, good friend and great role model. He will always be remembered that way. So sorry for your loss.

  21. Robin Moschilli says:

    Lori, Rosemary, Lisa and family I am sorry for your loss. Just last year at Sil’s funeral John seemed to be doing okay (not great but okay). It can change in a minute. This has been a long tough journey but you have a strong, close family and I am sure you will help each other cope. Cherish your memories. He was a wonderful man.

  22. Terry Peach and family says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Lori, Tyler and Courtney. We are all so very sad to hear of John’s passing. How fortunate we feel to have had such a loyal and selfless friend over the years. Our heart is filled with such fun memories of our times camping and ice skating with hot chocolate in the man cave…then there was his friendly beep of the horn and enthusiastic wave every time he drove by our house – many times after a long day of landscaping. Ohhhh how we miss those “drive by’s”. John will forever be in our hearts.

  23. Charlene Vaykovich says:

    Lisa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. Doug & Nancy Purman says:

    John was a great guy and so loved by his family.He will be missed but never forgotten. Laurie, Courtney and Travis, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  25. cathy gagnon says:

    Dear Sis and Family,
    I am saddened at the loss of your son in law John! I know you and John thought the world of him. Please give my condolences to Lori and her children. I never met your son in law, but by the wonderful things I have read from his guest book and how you always spoke so well of him, you can see that he was dearly loved by all who knew him! My prayers go out to you and your family!

  26. Lisa Kennedy-Cox says:

    I cannot even begin to express what a wonderful and extraordinary man John was. I have known John since we were kids. After my mother passed away in 2000, John came over and helped, moving furniture out of the house, creating a beautiful lawn, redoing the wood floors, and just basically helping in any way he could, often bringing his son, Tyler, to help. I remember seeing him in various yards in the area, working, and he would always stop to wave with the kind smile I know is a trademark of his beautiful soul. He loved his family, and was always so respectful of others. My prayers for comfort and peace go out to Lori, Courtney and Tyler as well as John’s mother, Rosemary and sister Lisa and all of the family and friends touched by this amazing person.

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