JOHN J. CAGNINA

January 25, 2024

JOHN J. CAGNINA
U.S. Veteran

US Marine Corps

Korean War

John J. Cagnina – of Woburn, Thursday, January 25th, at the age of ninety-four. Beloved husband of Helen (Maghakian) Cagnina of Woburn. Cherished father of John J. “Jack” Jr, his wife Deborah of East Sandwich, Corinne Irwin, her husband Stephen of Woburn, Brenda Melanson, her husband Bryan of Woburn, and Cindy Camuso, her husband John of Framingham. Adored grandfather of Taryn, John III, Ashley Cagnina and Marissa Mahoney, Brad and Jake Irwin, Vanessa, Michael, Mark Melanson and Leigh Halliday, Lindsey, Nicole and Jen Camuso. Adored great-grandfather of thirteen. John is also lovingly survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 2nd in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, Thursday, February 1st, 4 – 7 p.m in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD, 21741 or to a charity of one’s choice.

John J. Cagnina,  a life resident of Woburn, passed away at his home, with all of his family around him, Thursday, January 25th 2024. The beloved husband of 72 years to Helen (Maghakian) Cagnina, he was ninety four years of age.

Born in Medway, John was raised in Woburn, and the dear son of the late Jerome and Filomena (Pascuzzi) Cagnina.  Being one of six children, John grew up here and was a graduate of the Woburn High School’s Class of 1947. While John was in high School, he was an outstanding football player.  It was such a passion of his, that after high school he began playing semi pro football for a couple of years. 

Following his brief  football career, John entered the United States Marines, in November of 1951,  where he served his country proudly, during the Korean War.  While still in the Marines, and home on leave,  John married his best friend, Helen Maghakian in May of 1952.  They made their home right here in Woburn,  where they raised their four children. 

For over 60 years John owned Cagnina Masonry. John was a man who worked hard and was very meticulous in all that he did.  So meticulous, John had been known as the man “best to get”  around town, and then into the surrounding areas.! John was a truly hard worker and took great pride in his work and was always extremely fair and honest in all that he did.

He and Helen always enjoyed in later years, driving by his many completed jobs and admiring his work all over Woburn and the surrounding cities, of which there were many!

John’s family was his world. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with them all. He was very proud and supportive as a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Attending all their events, near and far, on the courts or on the fields or in the stadiums, or right in the back yard….. he was there.

John was an avid gardener and loved tending to his yard with the tomatoes and veggies, along with all the many different kinds and colors of flowers.  It was always a masterpiece and done to perfection!

 The beloved husband of Helen (Maghakian) Cagnina for over seventy two years , he is also survived by his dear and loving family ; John J. “Jack” Jr, his wife Deborah of East Sandwich, Corinne Irwin, her husband Stephen of Woburn, Brenda Melanson, her husband Bryan of Woburn, and Cindy Camuso, her husband John of Framingham. Adored grandfather of Taryn, John III, Ashley Cagnina and Marissa Mahoney, Brad and Jake Irwin, Vanessa, Michael, Mark Melanson and Leigh Halliday, Lindsey, Nicole, and Jen Camuso. Adored great-grandfather of thirteen. John is also lovingly survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 2nd in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, Thursday, February 1st, 4 – 7 p.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD, 21741 or to a charity of one’s choice.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 2nd in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, Thursday, February 1st, 4 – 7 p.m in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD, 21741 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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  1. Sandy (Varesis) Morrison

    Jack, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Your dad and my dad go way back and we’ve been neighbors for decades as my back yard is a stones throw from your dad’s property. (you and I also graduated together). He was the best. Always kind and willing to help. My deepest condolences to you and your family. – Sandy (Varesis) Morrison –

  2. Corinne and Family,
    I am so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. Please accept my condolences and know that I will keep you all in prayer.
    Joanne (Roscillo) Clark

  3. Barbara and Nick Pappas

    Nick and I were lucky to get to know John in the past few years. We are thinking of your family.

  4. My deepest condolences to the Cagnina family on the loss of your father and husband. It’s been many years since I’ve seen him – probably at Cindy and John’s wedding. But I clearly remember his warm smile and hospitality. I enjoyed going to his home and enjoying the “Cagnina resort” as we called it with the pool and beautiful landscaping – and the huge vegetable garden! He clearly loved his home and large family. What a blessing for all of you to have such a wonderful father, husband and grandparent.

  5. Carolyn Cribbie

    People often tell me that they have things my mom made and when they look at those things it makes them feel she’s still with them. Seeing how well the brickwork on my former home still looks reminds me of Mr. Cagnina’s integrity and the superior quality of his work. May you feel that way when you see the many structures he made all over the city. And may it make you feel his presence to see the good he did for so many.

    May memories keep him alive in your hearts and bring peace and comfort.
    Carolyn (MacFarland) Cribbie

  6. John Jerome Cagnina, III

    I was able to share so many things with you, Papa. We worked side by side for years, lived together for many years, and will always share the same name John Jerome Cagnina. You are the hardest working person I have ever come across and ever will. No one could ever come close to outworking you Papa. You were also the most generous and selfless man who loved and cared for his family so deeply. I will forever be in debt to you and Grammy for all you have done for me in this life. I Love You Papa and will forever cherish all the memories we shared together. I wish it were possible and would give anything to hear those 3 words that were so often spoken by you and has been heard by each of the hundreds of men you employed at Cagnina Masonry for over 60 years… “One more mix.”

  7. I was a young man. when I met John in 1998. I was looking for a job and John offered me a position
    with his masonry company. John and I had worked together until 2005.
    Throughout that time
    he had taught me
    many different
    lessons in life, the
    importance of having
    strong values in
    work ethics and the
    wonderful trade of
    masonry. I had
    personally witnessed
    his generosity and
    willingness to help
    others in need. John
    and his wife Helen
    had treated me like a
    family member. I
    enjoyed spending
    time with him and
    will always be
    greatful for
    everything.
    John….Thanks for
    helping me become
    the man I am today.

    Pete Bielecki

  8. Carmen Russo Jr

    Helen & Family,
    Sorry to hear about John’s passing. He was a great customer at Woburn Concrete. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Sincerely,
    Carmen, and Woburn Concrete

  9. Stephen and Debbie Malone

    Mr. Cagnina represented old school values. With wife Helen they likely hold a Woburn High athletic super fan record for most games attended. They cheered on their children , grandchildren and all Tanners for several decades. His infectious smile will be remembered always. Rest in peace.

  10. Dear Helen and family, So sorry to hear about Johns passing. He certainly impacted my life and so many others. He will surely be missed and never forgotten. Sincerely, Dan and Denise Woolard

  11. May you Rest In Peace John. To the Cagnina family,so sorry for your loss. John was the most hard working honest man out there.

  12. Ruth (Cagnina) Stryke

    Dear cousins Jack, Helen and Family:

    Very sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. He was such a sweet and kind man. Our Dad (Angelo) spoke very fondly of him. May he rest in peace. Sending our love, thoughts and prayers. Billy and Ruthie (Cagnina) Stryke.

  13. Jerry and Lois Surette

    Dear Corinne, Helen and family,

    So sorry for your loss. We will always remember our fun times in the stands , yelling at the reffs as we watched our boys play hockey. May Your Dad, Husband rest in peace

    Fondly, Jerry and Lois Surette and family

  14. Our sincere condolences to the Cagnina family.
    Thinking of you all at this sad time.

    With love,
    Betsy Lindsey & Stephanie Lindsey Wilson

  15. Judy PALMER Simonds

    Dear Helen and family:
    I was so sorry to hear of Johnnie’s passing today.
    Will always remember babysitting for you guys when the kids were young it seems like yesterday but it’s been over 60 years.
    You too where like family and will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Jackie, Corinne, Brenda, Cindy, and families; So very sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. I’ve had the privilege of knowing your family for many years, from Jackie’s hockey days and going through school with Brenda and Corinne. Nothing but fond memories of a great Woburn family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during and may your Dad Rest In Peace. Sincerely, Bob Connolly Jr.

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