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John Allen, III

John Allen, III, 77 of Partridgeberry Place, Ipswich, formerly of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, died Monday March 16, 2009 in his home following his brief but fierce battle with lung cancer.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA October 3, 1931, he was the son of the late John  and Alice Mae (Boyle) Allen. Raised in Pittsburgh, he was a graduate of Pittsburgh public schools and attended the University of Pittsburgh and College of Wooster. A third generation ‘elevator man’ he began his career  working in high steel construction in New York City and later was self-employed as an elevator consultant.

He was a devoted father and ebullient ‘Pop pop’ to his ten grandchildren, and any other children who happened to be in the room.

Mr. Allen was a Korean War veteran, a member of the Masonic Lodge and member of the Moorestown Field Club of Moorestown, NJ where he was an honest eighteen handicap.

He is survived by two daughters, Doon Foster and her husband John of Wilton, CT and Dana Allen of Ipswich, eight grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald Allen and his wife Carole of, Steven City, VA and David Allen and his wife Susan of Kalamazoo, MI  and a dear cousin Gail Doorley  and her husband Tom of Wellesley. He was predeceased by two grandchildren, Evan and Lillie.

A memorial service and burial of his remains will be held later this summer in Chatham. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Matthews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850. Arrangements under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.


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