Northborough – John H. Appleton Sr., formerly of Northborough, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at New Horizons in Marlborough. His wife, Virginia M. (Elwood), died in 2001 and his son, John H. Appleton Jr., in 2002.
He leaves his daughter-in-law, Laura Appleton Demers of Dover, NH; a granddaughter, Breanne A. Appleton of PA; a nephew, Joseph Kasper of NH; and a niece, Nora Kasper of IL.
Born and raised in Boston, son of the late Frank and Mary (Sullivan) Appleton, John lived in Scituate and Weymouth since the 1950s before moving to Northborough in 1998. He attended Wentworth Institute in Boston, and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
John worked as a machinist in the greater Boston area for many years from the end of WW II until 1965. He spent his career working at Mugar Memorial Library at Boston University until his retirement
He was an active member of the Weymouth VFW post and St. Francis Xavier Church of S. Weymouth. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish.
John was an avid golfer, and he and his wife Virginia traveled extensively throughout Europe and the U.S. Most of all, he was a devoted grandfather.
Calling hours will be held Friday, Jan. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St. (Route 20), Northborough. John's funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m., in St. Rose of Lima Church, 244 West Main St., Northborough. He will be laid to rest in Howard Street Cemetery.