JOHN A. “AL” LOVE

June 14, 2024

JOHN A. “AL” LOVE
U.S. Veteran

USMC

Korean Conflict

JOHN A. “AL” LOVE – of Woburn and Gloucester, died peacefully, June 14th, with his family by his side at the age of ninety. Beloved husband of 65 years to the late Evelyn M. “Evie” (Martin) Love. Devoted father Shirley L. Kearns, her husband Charles of Rockport, Karen E. Love, her husband Brian Silva of Gloucester, John A. Love Jr., his wife Maureen of Maryland, Scott E. Love, his wife Rose of Stratham, NH, Elizabeth M. Coakley, of Gloucester, her husband Ralph of Woburn, Louise Love, her fiancé , Timothy Saulnier of Gloucester, Robert M. Love, his wife Sheryl of Reading, David A. Love, his wife Tricia of Topsfield and the late daughter Lois M. Love. Dear brother of the late George Love, Shirley Balog and Lois Cassidy. Cherished grandfather of nineteen, including the late Daniel Coakley and great-grandfather of thirteen. Al is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great and grand. A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on FRIDAY, June 21st, at 12 noon. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to pay their respects PRIOR to the service from 10-12. Interment is private. Remembrances may be made in Al’s honor to a charity of one’s choice.

JOHN A. “AL” LOVE – of Woburn, MA; Deerfield Beach, FL; and Gloucester, MA died peacefully at the age of 90 on June 14th, with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of 65 years to the late Evelyn M. “Evie” (Martin) Love. 

 Born and raised in Woburn, MA, Al was born in Woburn, MA to Alexander and Edyth (Cunningham) Love. He graduated from Woburn Memorial High School in 1952, and soon after, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Al served his country proudly in the Korean War, until being honorably discharged in 1957.

Al worked for the Cryovac Division of W.R. Grace for 35 years, retiring as the Shipping and Receiving Manager. But he was never comfortable not working in some capacity, and, after retiring to Deerfield Beach, FL, Al found a new career in the local golf shops. In fact, he was driving for CMARC of Woburn and serving on the Gloucester Council of Aging into his late 80s.

Al was an easy man to admire and led by example. His courage in telling the truth was one key factor that enabled the investigation to uncover the cause of the contamination of the well water in East Woburn, which later became a book and movie (A Civil Action). He most recently spoke about this experience at the Dreamland Theatre in Nantucket.

 Al’s greatest love was his family. He thrived at being an active father, grandfather, and great grandfather, supporting his children in every way and coaching his sons in hockey. Many summers were spent in Hampton Beach, NH at the “Love Nest,” with many afternoon wiffle ball games. Al was also a devoted friend and found great joy in hosting family and friends for birthday and holiday celebrations.  

Al is survived and will be deeply missed by his children, Shirley  (Charles) Kearns of Rockport, MA; Karen  (Brian Silva) Love of Gloucester, MA; John  (Maureen) Love Jr of Abingdon, MD; Scott (Rose) Love of Stratham, NH; Elizabeth Coakley of Gloucester, her husband Ralph of Woburn, Louise Love, her fiancé, Timothy Saulnier of Gloucester, MA Robert (Sheryl) Love Reading, MA; and David (Tricia) Love Topsfield, MA; as well as 19 grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his daughter, Lois Love; his siblings George Love, Shirley Balog and Lois Cassidy. Cherished grandfather of nineteen, including the late Daniel Coakley and great-grandfather of thirteen. Al is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great and grand.  

A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn MA on FRIDAY, June 21st, at 12:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects PRIOR to the service from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment is private. Remembrances may be made in Al’s honor to a charity of one’s choice.

 

A Funeral will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on FRIDAY, June 21st, at 12 noon. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to pay their respects PRIOR to the service from 10-12. Interment is private. Remembrances may be made in Al’s honor to a charity of one’s choice.

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  1. Mary (Haley) Lynch

    Scott, Karen, and the rest of the rest of the Love family So sorry for your loss. Boy did that notice bring back a slew of great memories!

  2. Dale Rockefeller

    Al’s inscription in my copy of A Civil Action reads “I needed much more courage to go on the golf course with you” He was quite a guy.

  3. Shelley Campbell

    I am so very sorry for the loss to your family. You were fortunate to have such amazing parents who made such an impact on my life.

  4. Brian Shaughnessy

    My sincere condolences to the entire family and especially to John and Maureen for your great loss.
    Sadly, I am out of town and unable to attend the services but wanted to express my condolences to you all .

  5. Sheila Toomey

    My sincerest condolences to the Love Family. I heard my mom talk about Al better when I was little as my brother was involved in the case in Woburn. I thank him for coming forward with his account of what was happening at WR Grace.

  6. Kimberly Bowden

    My dear friend, I am so dry sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved father. Your dad certainly understood his assignment pouring into the lives of his children and grandchildren while on this earth. May the peace of the Lord cover you and yours during this time of bereavement. Rest in Power Mr. Love. You are loved, Sir

  7. I am so sorry my thoughts and prayers to the love family. Your family is a great memory for me it was a pleasure being part of a loving caring family. Love Maryann Gately

  8. chuck d'amico

    To the entire Love Family I offer my condolences. Al was my most memorable hockey coach growing up and a role model for many to look up to.

  9. Shirley, Karen, John, Scott, Liz, Louise, Bobby, and David,

    I was so sorry to hear of the recent passing of your beloved dad. Uncle Al always had a smile on his face and a kind word for me when I saw him.
    I was so happy I got to see him at his 90th birthday party last year.
    He left a wonderful legacy of a life well-lived and now is reunited with his beloved wife, Aunt Evie.
    I believe there are a lot of happy family reunions going on in heaven right now.
    Take good care.

    Love,
    Kate Martin

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