John DeAngelis, 96

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Shrewsbury – John A. DeAngelis, 96, died at his home Sunday Feb. 20, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. His wife of 67 years, Elizabeth M. “Betty” (White) DeAngelis, died in 2006.

He leaves his dedicated and loving children, John A. DeAngelis and his wife, Betsy, of Marlborough and Elizabeth M. McDonald and her husband, Gerald, of Shrewsbury; a sister, Carole Molinari of Worcester; five grandchildren, Steven DeAngelis, John DeAngelis and wife Christine, Chris-anne Ayers and husband Richard, Mary Beth Ritkouski and husband Paul, Michael F. McDonald, and Christine Murray; seven great-grandchildren, Timothy, Mathew, Rachel DeAngelis, Victoria and Natalie Ayers, and John and Alexandria DeAngelis; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Albert and Joseph DeAngelis, and four sisters, Rose Marsella, Nellie Nicolucci, Mary Lombardi and Ida Simmarano.

Mr. DeAngelis, known as “Johnnie” to family and friends, was born in East Boston, son of the late Angelo and Maria Domenica (Piccirelli) DeAngelis. He graduated from North High School. He later married the love of his life, Betty, in 1939 and they bought a home in Shrewsbury, where they started their beautiful and loving family.

Mr. DeAngelis loved anything to do with automobiles. He started his long career around cars as a young teenager sweeping floors at a car dealership in Worcester. He continued to work for that franchise, through three different ownerships, Veino Chevrolet, Butler Chevrolet and United Chevrolet, before retiring after 50 years of service as the General Service and Parts Manager. He received many awards from General Motors throughout the years for the excellent service and care to his customers for that franchise. He was also very well known for being a familiar face around the car racing circuit and the former Westborough Speedway.

Even with his passion for automobiles, Mr. DeAngelis” first concern and love was always for his wife, children and their families. He was a member of Saint Mary's Parish.

Funeral services were held Feb. 23 at the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, with a funeral Mass at Saint Mary's Church and burial in the family lot at Saint John's Cemetery, Worcester. To share a memory or leave a message of sympathy for his family, please visit Mr. DeAngelis” Book of Memories at www.brittonfuneralhomes.com.