John L. Surrette

December 26, 2007

John L. Surrette

JOHN L. SURRETTE – in Woburn, December 26th. Beloved husband of Rita J. (Seminatore) Surrette. Devoted father of David L. Surrette and his wife Cheryl of Woburn, Darlene E. Fabrizio and her husband Anthony Jr. of Burlington, Robert E. Surrette of Worcester, and Judith Foye of Gloucester. Dear brother of Mary Gallagher of Billerica, Marjorie Vecchione of Stoneham, Theresa McGrath of Derry, NH, Barbara Tilly of Saugus, and the late Edward “Joe” Surette. Loving grandfather of Caroline, Jonathan, and Hannah Surrette, Ariana, Anthony, and Nicolas Fabrizio, Jesse Surrette, and Stacy and Hayden Warren. Also survived by two great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, December 29th at 9:45 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 11:15. Calling hours Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Road, Suite G-500, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

John L. Surrette, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday morning, December 26th, following an illness of several months. The husband of Rita J. (Seminatore) Surrette for the past forty-four years.

Born in Stoneham seventy-six years ago, he was the son of the late Alexander and Edith (Vanobury) Surrette. He attended schools in Stoneham and had made his home with his family in Woburn since his marriage.

Early in his life he worked for Bonnell Ford as a mechanic, and later worked for many years for Polaroid as a mechanic specialist for film machines. He retired from Polaroid fifteen years ago.

Mr. Surrette loved spending time at home with his family, and was happiest when he was tinkering with projects around the house. He could fix anything, and was often called upon to utilize his skills as a handyman. He was an avid hockey fan, and enjoyed following the Boston Bruins.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward “Joe” Surette.

Surviving along with his wife Rita are four children: David L. Surrette and his wife Cheryl of Woburn, Darlene E. Fabrizio and her husband Anthony Jr. of Burlington, Robert E. Surrette of Worcester, and Judith Foye of Gloucester, four sisters: Mary Gallagher of Billerica, Marjorie Vecchione of Stoneham, Theresa McGrath of Derry, New Hampshire, and Barbara Tilly of Saugus. He was also the loving grandfather of Caroline, Jonathan, and Hannah Surrette, Ariana, Anthony, and Nicolas Fabrizio, Jesse Surrette, and Stacy and Hayden Warren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, December 29th at 9:45 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 11:15. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Road, Suite G-500, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Rita died Sept 2019, 12 years without her dear husband John. I wish I had known all of my Sicilian cousins better. My Dad, John James Seminatore 1906-1975 was also respected and missed. So to the generations of Gram/Grace and Grampie/Sal Nona I share your grief as each leaves us with our heritage of a wonderful family. Ruth/Dick’s son Steve/Debbie live in Dad’s home where I lived 1943-46, my first 3 years, returning to visit my Flagg St family, Uncle Tony, Aunt Marge, Aunt Rose and their offspring.. most closely with Rita’s siblings, John Robert and Grace Cummings. Thinking of you all til we, too, leave this earth , Nancy /Bubbles Seminatore Morzenti

  2. Dear Mrs Surrette, David, Cheryl, Darlene and Tony,

    I think Mr. Surrette is smiling on all of you. He was put to rest with such love, honor and respect. The stories shared over this last week will remain in my memory. David’s words told a beautiful story of Mr. Surrette’s life and his person. We wish you smiles as your grieving, remembering all the wonderful times you had with him.
    Take care, Steven & Donna

  3. Dear Dad,
    Your funeral has come and gone but our memories will forever hold dear to our hearts. Your grandchildren are too young to understand but we will be sure they will always remember you!

    You would be so proud of Mom, Darlene and I. We stood strong together with our families for you. We hope you were looking down on us the past couple of days to see how many people, family and friends from old days and new who came to pay their respects to a man who was WELL-LIKED and RESPECTED! We love you!

  4. Rita and family: I’m so sorry for your loss. We had so much fun over the years playing cards and swimming in the pool. Johnny was a great guy and will be missed. I’m sorry I will be out of town during the wake and funeral, but please know that I am with you in spirit. Much love, Diana Brink

  5. Dear Dad,

    We all love you very much and will miss you dearly. we will never forget your smile and all you have done for us without question.

    You were a wonderful husband, Dad and “Grampy” and we will think of you every day.

    All Our Love,
    Mom, Darlene, Anthony, Ariana, Anthony and Nicolas xoxoxo

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