He was born in Marlborough, the son of the late Albert and Flora (Benedetto) Risotti, and lived here his entire life.
John worked as a machinist for the Raytheon Corp. in Marlborough for many years before going to work for the RCA Corp. as a supervisor. He also worked for the former Data General as a supervisor and a buyer until his retirement in 1985.
He was a lifelong member of the former St. Ann's Church, where he was a past president of the Holy Name Society and Eucharistic Minister. Every summer for over 37 years he served as head chef for the church's chicken barbecue which was a part of the annual St. Anthony's Festival.
He was a longtime member and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council #81 of Marlborough and the Edward F. McSweeney 4th Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, where he served as Past Faithful Navigator. He served four years as a District Governor for the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus State Assembly and was also a longtime member of the Bandiera e Concordia Lodge of the Sons of Italy in America of Marlborough.
Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, John “Jack” Risotti of Marlborough; three daughters, Susanne Gird of Hudson, Barbara Correia of Hudson, and Christine Risotti of Hudson; seven grandchildren, Rebecca, Benjamin, Emily, Rachel, Ashley, Taylor, and Zachary; four great-grandchildren, Michael, Molly, Siena, and Wesley; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Albert Risotti.
John was a wonderful family man who devoted his life not only to his wife and children, but also his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His funeral will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 9:00 a.m., from the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home (www.shortfuneral.com), 95 West Main St., Marlborough, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Bernadette's Church, 266 Main St., Northborough. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery of Marlborough. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be held on Monday, Nov. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the Risotti family requests contributions be sent to Autism Speaks, 1 East 33rd St., 4th floor, New York, NY 10016, to help autistic children, including John's great-grandson.