McLaren, John

July 22nd, 2009

John S. McLaren, Jr., age 91, of Wilmington, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at home following a lengthy illness.

Born on April 7, 1918, John was the dear son of the late John S., Sr. and Louise (Russell) McLaren. John grew up in Cambridge and following high school graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy. John served aboard the USS Bennington in the Pacific during WWII and he received many commendations for his honorable service to the country.

John attended Northeastern University in Boston and worked for the Arthur D. Little Company for many years prior to his retirement. John was a resident of Wilmington for over 45 years. John was very athletic in his younger years playing baseball and bowling, in his later years he enjoyed golfing and going to the horse track. He was very dedicated to his family and they will miss him dearly.

John was the beloved husband of the late Mabel C. (Johannesson) McLaren, loving father of Richard McLaren of Leominster, Ronald McLaren of Wilmington, Carol Villeval & her husband Jean-Luc of Arlington, and the late John McLaren and Nelson McLaren, father-in-law of Shirley McLaren of Wakefield, Janet McLaren of Wilmington, and the late Barbara McLaren, John was a beloved grandfather, great-grandfather, and gre at-great-grandfather.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, July 24th from 10-11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Home Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to the Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


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  1. Joseph L. Pires (USS Bennington Historian) says:

    To All Family Members of John McLaren……..

    On behalf of the entire membership of the USS Bennington Association, please accept our belated condolences on the loss of your loved one and our shipmate.

    As John now stands “The Eternal Watch”, please know that as long as he is remembered by just one of us, he shall not be forgotten, ever!

    On 15 August at 12 noon at the Ship’s Bell Monument in Bennington, VT, John shall be remembered as his name is read aloud at our Annual Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Town Office Building. The bell will toll in his memory and all those other Airmen, Sailors & Marines that served the great lady BENNINGTON, who have passed on over the past year….

    With My Deepest Sympathy,
    Joseph L. Pires
    USS Bennington Historian
    Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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