John P. Gunning, Sr.

June 20, 2002

U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

Gunning – in Woburn, Thursday, June 20th, John P. Sr., beloved husband of the late Mildred F. (Scollay) Gunning. Devoted father of Milderd, “Mickey??? Ortiz, Geri Fonseca, Donna Morales, Robin Rodriquez, John P. Gunning Jr., and Charles E. Bird all of Woburn, Margaret McCarthy of NH, John W. Bird of FL and Richard Bird of Brockton. Dear brother of Robert Gunning of NY, Patricia Miller of Pembroke, Teresa Gallagher of Norfolk, Barbara Connors of Squantum, Marie Goodrum of PA and the late William Gunning and Jean Arsenault. Loving grandfather to thirty grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren. Also survived by his Godchild, Cheryl Mullen of Southborough and his dear friend Al Fortune of Falmouth. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, June 25th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours on Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Donations may be made in John’s memory to the Make a Wish Foundation, 295 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA 02110 or the Woburn Little League, c/o Jim Wright, 2 Indian Hill Road, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

John P. Gunning, Sr., a longtime resident of Woburn passed away at home on Thursday, June 20th after a brief illness. The beloved husband of the late Mildred F. (Scollay) Gunning, who died just six months ago, he was seventy-eight years of age.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late John B. and Esther (Kenney) Gunning. John was educated in Dorchester and was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School. After graduation, he joined the Navy, serving during WWII. Upon return from his military duty, he secured a position as a custodian for the Brookline Publics Schools, a job he held for thirty-one years. Additionally he worked part-time at the Bay Bank in Coolidge Corner for twenty-nine years.

He was very dedicated to his family and in later years, his grandchildren. He enjoyed deep sea fishing and baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves. For the past ten years, he coached with the Woburn Little League in which his grandchildren participated. As a member of the Brookline VFW, John returned often to Brookline to visit with his many friends. His continuing desire to work inspired him to become an Avon Salesman in the city of Woburn.

Preceding John in death were his wife Mildred F. (Scollay) Gunning, his brother William and his sister, Jean Arsenault.

Surviving are his children, Geri Fonseca, Mildred “Mickey??? Ortiz, Donna Morales, Robin Rodriquez, John P. Jr., and Charles Bird, all of Woburn, Margaret McCarthy of NH, John W. Bird of FL and Richard Bird of Brockton, his brother Robert of NY and his sisters, Patricia Miller of Pembroke, Teresa Gallagher of Norfolk, Barbara Connors of Squantum and Marie Goodrum of PA. Also surviving are thirty grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, his godchild, Cheryl Mullen, and his dear friend, Al Fortune of Falmouth.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, June 25th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. . Interment will be in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours are Monday from 5 to 9 p.m

Donations may be made in John’s memory to the Make a Wish Foundation, 295 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA 02110 or the Woburn Little League, c/o Jim Wright, 2 Indian Hill Road, Woburn, MA 01801.

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