He is survived by five sons, James A., Mark S., Paul J., Richard L. all of Grafton, and Neal M. of Millbury, as well as a daughter, Marie E. Towersey of Northbridge, and seven grandchildren.
John graduated in February 1945 from North High School in Worcester, where he excelled in football and basketball for which he has been inducted into the Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and Army from February 1945 to January 1947, which included one year with U.S. Occupation Forces in Japan. He subsequently attended Holy Cross College, Worcester from 1947 to 1951, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree, Magna Cum Laude.
John served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from July 1951 until retirement in July 1977. He was assigned to offices in Detroit; Knoxville; New York City; Monterey, Calif.; Cleveland; and Boston. He also served as supervisor in the Domestic Intelligence Division at the F.B.I. Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Upon retiring from the F.B.I., he was employed as a manager of security at Raytheon Company, Lexington, producers of the Hawk and Patriot missiles. He served three years in Saudi Arabia and Egypt and subsequently at Raytheon facilities in Lexington, Bedford and Marlborough.
He was a member of St. Philip’s Church in Grafton, the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, the American Legion Post 462, Boston and the Holy Cross College Alumni Association.
In lieu of flowers his family requests you honor John with memorial donations to St. Philip’s Church, 12 West St., Grafton, MA 01519.
A funeral Mass for John will be celebrated Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m., at St. Philip’s Church, followed by burial with military honors at St. Philip Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
Please visit www.RoneyFuneralHome.com for an online guestbook to share a memory of John or message of sympathy with his family.