John A. Waterman

January 15th, 2015

John A. Waterman, age 75, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 14th, 2015 at the Lahey Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. John was born in Malden on December 22, 1939. He was one of four children of Vernon and Vivian (Lane) Waterman. John was raised in Wakefield and attended Wakefield schools.

John met the love of his life and best friend, Lorraine, while working at Wes Parker’s Restaurant in Reading. The couple was married on May 21, 1962 and moved to North Reading. In 1966, while Lorraine was pregnant with their fourth child, the family relocated to Wilmington to raise their children.

John worked hard to support his family. He worked for many years as a pipe fitter for the General Ship Corporation in South Boston. John also spent time working in the HVAC and refrigeration industries. He was very good with his hands and could fix anything, woodworking being his favorite thing to tinker with.

In his free time, John liked to fish and loved to cook. Music was a passion of John’s and he loved to play the guitar. John also had an interest in flowers. He served as a consultant rosarian for the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Rose Societies. John was so well respected by his peers in the society that he was awarded the Bronze Medal by both societies in the same year.

Family was most important to John. He loved to spend time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to play games with them, would teach them how to cook and shared his knowledge of fixing things with them. They will miss the cherished time they spent with their “Grampy and Papa”.

John was the beloved husband and best friend of the late Lorraine V. (Wood) Waterman. He was the devoted father of Linda Reed & her late husband Dean of Wilmington, Bob Waterman, John D. Waterman, both of Wilmington, Carrol Rexrode & her husband Matt of Stoneham and Lorraine Simoneau & her companion Keith Frongillo of Wilmington. John was the loving “Grampy” of John, Jake and Ann-Marie Reed, “Papa” of Sami and the late Bailey Rexrode, great “Grampy” of Dominic and Bentley Frongillo. He was the dear brother of Dianne Young & her husband George, Vincent Waterman & his wife Pamela and the late Peggy Connolly & her late husband Bryan and brother-in-law of Robert Wood and the late Jackie Wood. John is survived by his niece Kerri Connolly, as well as many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral service on Wednesday, January 21st, at the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt.62) Wilmington, on Tuesday, January 20th, from 4-8 p.m.


11 Entries in Guest Book for “John A. Waterman”

  1. Marion "Mmi" Bradford says:

    My Dear Carrol and family
    heard the very sad news today, please accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathy,
    Love Mimi XXXXX

  2. Paden and Misty Rexrode says:

    So sorry Carrol for your loss. Your dad was a very nice man, really will miss seeing his smiles at Samantha’s events

    Misty and Paden

  3. Janet Shaw says:

    Dear Carrol, Linda, Bobby, and Johnny,
    Please know how very saddened I am for the loss of your Dad. Please be strong and cherish all the wonderful memories. As I will also cherish the memory of both your parents. They were both so very kind to me growing up with all of you.
    My love and sympathy to you and your families,

  4. Cheryl DiLisio says:

    Dear Carrol & Family,

    I am very sorry for your loss, having just lost my own father recently I understand the saddness that you are feeling. Embrace his memories and let them help you heal and get through this difficult time.

    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Cheryl DiLisio

  5. the steeds says:

    So sorry about your dad. He was a dear friend. He is at peace now and with his beloved wife lorraine

  6. Frank West says:

    To the Waterman family-

    Karen and I are saddened by your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers. With Deepest Sympathy. Karen and Frank West

  7. Gary, Lisa, Brandy and Jessica Reed says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire Waterman family, Linda, Carrol, Bob, John and their families. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  8. Bill Hooper says:

    Linda: sorry to hear about your father’s death; he was a great guy and I had enjoyed meeting with him severally times.

  9. Evelyn & Cec Kenney says:

    Bob, John, Carrol and Linda
    Please accept our sincere sympathy. We loved your Dad and those of you we met since your first trip to Eastern Canada. We loved John and felt so comfortable with him from the first visit. We had such fun uncovering all of our ancestors and trying to decide where they all fit in. Loved every minute. Sorry not to have been in touch recently. Remember the good times. Love to all.

  10. Michael Abell says:

    Linda, Carol, Bob, John,

    Your Father will be missed, he was a good neighbor and friend to my family.

  11. Don Waterman says:

    My sincere sympathy to the entire Waterman family. Although we had not got together for several years, I’m so happy we did and kept our cousin relationships ongoing. I have great memories of John. Strength to your family. God Bless.

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