John W. “JW” Metcalf

July 27, 2018

John W. “JW” Metcalf
U.S. Veteran

Army

Vietnam War

of Woburn, July 27th unexpectedly, at seventy two years of age.  Beloved husband of Diane (Brosnan) Metcalf of Woburn.  Dear brother of Jim Metcalf, his wife Barbara of TX, Jerry Metcalf, his wife Elsie of FL and the late James Metcalf.  Devoted brother in law of Nancy Murphy , her husband Bart of Wakefield.  Also survived by eight loving nieces and nephews.  A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, August 2nd at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours,  Wednesday, August 1st, 3-7 p.m.   Remembrances may be made in “JW’s” honor to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801

John W. “JW” Metcalf , passed away unexpectedly after being stricken at his home Friday morning, July 27th. The beloved husband of Diane (Brosnan) Metcalf, he was seventy one years of age.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, JW was the son of the late Elbert and Sue (Shaw) Metcalf. One of four boys, JW was very active throughout his younger years, playing a lot of football and as well as a member of the wrestling team throughout high school!

Following high school he went on to William Jewell College in Kansas City, MO., receiving a degree in finance. JW also made try outs for the Kansas City Chiefs, but upon completion, it was suggested he needed to be a little bigger!

Traveling through Concord, MA, JW and friends came upon twin sisters, who were taking pictures along the Battle Road. They chatted a bit, went to Harvard Square for coffee and that was the beginning of a relationship in 1968 , that led to marriage in 1974.

During the late sixties, JW served his country proudly as part of the US Army in Vietnam. He returned to St. Louis after the War, but shortly thereafter moved to Woburn, where he has remained.

Professionally, JW was actively involved in the car industry where he was highly respected among friends, colleagues and customers.

JW and Diane traveled extensively throughout the years. Fourth of July, was a day of celebration! For thirty one years, there was a wonderful celebration in the backyard of their home, with family and friends. A very special event that they all looked forward to and thoroughly enjoyed!
JW was a true “cowboy “ at heart, having always and forever been a longtime fan of all the western programs shown on TV.

A very adaptable, fun, flexible man, JW loved his wife and all they did. Whether attending gatherings with friends and family, doing household chores or traveling, they were always together.

JW was also a member of the Woburn Lions Breakfast Club.

Sadly, in addition to his parents, JW is predeceased by his brother James.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Diane (Brosnan) Metcalf; his brothers, Jim Metcalf, his wife Barbara of TX, Jerry Metcalf, his wife Elsie of FL; his sister-in-law, Nancy Murphy , her husband Bart of Wakefield and eight loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, August 2nd at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours,  Wednesday, August 1st, 3-7 p.m.   Remembrances may be made in “JW’s” honor to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, August 2nd at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Wednesday, August 1st, 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in “JW’s” honor to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801

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  1. Jeannette Scalese

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband.
    Prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Jeannette Miner Scalesej

  2. Robert McCarthy

    I spent many Holidays and other special days with John. He will be greatly missed. We often would talk about sports or a good book or the Y. What a perfect Santa. John always made you feel welcome. I truly appreciated that.

    Best,

  3. Claire McNally

    John was a wonderful man that made everyone feel loved and welcomed. Working with him at the YMCA was a memory I will cherish. John did not touch just one life but many. I will never forget him or how he treated everyone. He will be missed but our memories of him will live on.

  4. George Hamilton

    His smile and positive outlook were infectious. He reminded me a great deal of my father (and that is high praise). He never greeted anyone half-heartedly and made everyone who walked through the doors of the YMCA feel like he was their best friend. Very sorry for your loss.

  5. Suzy Franson Sullivan

    Diane,

    I am so sorry for your sudden loss of John. I will always remember him with a smile on his face and his wonderful sense of humor. He will be truly missed but his smile and his love for you and his family will continue on in treasured and happy memories.

    Take care,

    Suzy Franson Sullivan

  6. Charlie Skeele

    You started everyone’s day at the Y with a cheerful, funny greeting and a few kind words. How we miss you, John! We’ll remember how you made us feel for the rest of our lives.

  7. Charles Culhane

    Diane and family,

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie Culhane

  8. Glenn Stirling

    Diane, I am so sorry to learn of John’s passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this very difficult time …

  9. Anna M. Cumming

    Diane,
    Let your beaming smile be a beacon to your loved ones that will light the way to peace within you all at this sorrowful time.
    May your beloved John rest in peace, may perpetual light shine upon him and eternal rest, in the arms of the Lord, be granted him.
    With the sincerest of sympathy,
    Anna and Arthur Cumming

  10. Barbara M Donahue

    Dear Dianne:
    Dan and I are so sorry for the passing of John. He is at peace and is in his eternal home with God. He is fine. We wish you peace, love and friendship. May God grant you comfort, strength and endurance to grieve and then start the healing process. You have a wonderful family and many friends for such a time as this. God bless you. With our sympathy, love and prayers, Dan and Barb Donahue

  11. Deacon William & Cheryl Kerns

    Diane, Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Peace of God be with you and your love ones.

  12. John, you were a special person, who brought so much joy to each and every member of the North Suburban Y. We will all miss you.

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