John J. Pilcher

April 29th, 2017

John Joseph Pilcher, age 71, of Wilmington, died peacefully on April 28, 2017, at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers.

John was born in Boston, MA on November 22, 1945; he was the dear son of the late Thomas C. and Eleanor (Selig) Pilcher. John was raised and educated in Wilmington before enlisting in the Unites States Navy on November 2, 1965 during the Vietnam War. John proudly served aboard the USS St. Paul which was an Admirals Ship and Heavy Cruiser and was actively involved in several battles during the war. John received many commendations for his service including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Six Bronze Stars, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device and the Navy Unit Commendation.

While still on active duty, John returned home and married his “high school sweetheart and best friend” Dorothy “Dotty” Hersom; the couple moved to San Diego where John was stationed and lived there for four years while he finished his tour of duty. John was honorably discharged from active duty to the U. S. Naval Reserves on October 7, 1969; John and Dotty moved back to their home town of Wilmington where they raised four wonderful children.

John was a very dedicated family man and an excellent father; his family was his life. John showered his children and grandchildren with unconditional love and support; he was always there for school events and to cheer them on with their sports especially hockey; he was definitely their biggest fan. John also served on the Wilmington Youth Hockey board, anything for the kids. John looked forward to the many family vacations and holidays throughout the years; everyone always had a good time with John; you could always count on him to be the life of the party.

John went on to further his education at Andover Junior College while working at Raffi and Swanson in Wilmington. John’s knowledge of his job and his excellent work ethic made him invaluable to the company; when the company was bought out by Allcoat Technology, Johns was asked to stay on as a Manufacturing Foreman; he retired following 40 years of dedicated service.

In his spare time, John enjoyed reading, watching the History channel, and listening to Neil Diamond; he loved the ocean and long walks on the beach but his favorite past-time was spending time with his family and friends. John was a proud New England sports fan who followed the Red Sox and Patriots but was known as an AVID Bruins fan; they were his all-time favorite.

John will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor and for always being there to help others. He was very devoted and loyal to his family and friends. John was “well loved” and will forever be missed. As quoted, he was simply “the best of the best”.

John was the beloved husband of Dorothy “Dotty” (Hersom) Pilcher, devoted father of John J. Pilcher, Jr. & companion Carmel Pugliese and Michael P. Pilcher all of Wilmington, Darlene (Pilcher) Callahan & husband Matthew of Billerica, and Ryan R. Pilcher & wife Kerry of Tewksbury. Loving “Papa” of Matthew, Abby, Jake, Allie, Johnny, Troy and Harley. Cherished son of the late Thomas C. and Eleanor (Selig) Pilcher, dear brother of Thomas C. Pilcher, Jr. of California, Ann Pilcher of Wilmington, the late Eleanor O’Leary, Jimmy Pilcher and Michael Pilcher. Brother-in-law of Elaine & Stanley Ashdown, Nancy Brennick & the late Leo Brennick, Marie & Tom Pote all of Wilmington, the late Richard and John Hersom. John is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Graveside Services with Military Honors on Tuesday, May 2nd at 1:00 p.m. in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., Dept. of MA/RI, P.O. Box 174, Princeton, MA 01541-0174.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.


15 Entries in Guest Book for “John J. Pilcher”

  1. GeorgeButchBlaisdell says:

    so sorry for your loss

  2. Deb Loftus says:

    Dear Dottie and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear this and send love and hugs to you all. I will always remember his sly smirk and his dry sense of humor. You will be greatly missed, Johnny.
    Love Debi

  3. Jim McGlinchey says:

    Long time Raffi & Swanson and AllCoat Tech employee , John Pilcher has left us for a better place.John’s “diplomatic” direct approach , dry wit and sarcasm will be missed by all.When not running the Grind Room,John was overseeing his overflowing vegetable garden.John’s love for his family and grandchildren goes with out saying and John’s displeasure of cell phones and computers was legendary . Rest in Peace old friend, you earned it and you will be missed.

  4. Michael Scanlon says:

    Dottie And Family I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing he was truly a one of a kind person loved his family and friends will always be remembered as a kind hearted person .. Rest In Peace John

  5. Donna Bowes says:

    Jay and Mike, so sorry for the loss of your dad.

  6. Al McGibbon says:

    Jay, Mike and Family,
    So sorry to hear about John. He was a good boss, and most important a good man. I learned a lot from him as a young man and grateful to have known him. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. Rest easy John..

  7. Constance Joyner says:

    Pilcher was always so welcoming when we visited and I have many happy memories. So sorry Dotty and family, Love you

  8. Bill Pierce says:

    Dotty, so so sorry for your loss, The Duke of Earl has left the building, way too early. seems like just yesterday it was 1965. god bless you and family. he served his country with honor and devotion. real good indication of a patriot and good man. my thoughts and prayers are with you. a brother viet-nam vet.

  9. Ann Marie Denomme says:

    Dear Dotty and family,

    John will be greatly missed by his AllCoat family. His 40 years of employment have been valued here and he will forever be in our hearts! John always had a way of making us laugh, and was a truly genuine and loyal man. The tulips that he planted here are in full bloom and will forever be a reminder of our missing co-worker and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you…

  10. Janice Murray says:

    Dear Dotty and family,
    We were so sad to learn of John’s passing. He fought the good fight. So many great memories from high school and later all the great times at the hockey rinks. He was a great husband, dad, papa, and friend to so many. God bless him.
    Janice and a JIM Murray and family

  11. Mike Lombard says:

    Dear Dotty and family,

    I consider myself very fortunate to say I knew John and worked with John. One of my first jobs was working with John and Big Jim in the Grind Room. It was one of the funniest and best learning experiences I’ve had during my 37 years with the company. The quality of work John produced was first rate and the cleanliness of his department was legendary. He cared about what he did, the way he did it, and how he did it. Whenever I think about John it is with a smile and a story to tell. He will be sadly missed but not forgotten. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

  12. Chris stone says:

    So sorry for your loss

  13. Charlie & Liz Duggan says:

    To. The Pilchar family so sorry for your loss . Our thoughts and prayers are will u all. Liz & charlie

  14. Peg Vachon says:

    Very sorry for your loss. My mom worked with John for years.

  15. Rosemary Elliott Murray says:

    Sorry for your loss. John was a great person and classmate. Always remember he won’t be with you physically but he with always be in your heart forever

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