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John E. Connor

John E. Connor, 76, husband of Janet L. (Brown) of Little Neck, Ipswich and The Villages, Fl., died Wednesday, November 5, 2014 following a courageous battle with cancer.  John was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing in his Ipswich home.

Born in Winchester, July 10, 1938, he was the son of the late Raymond F. and Claire G. (Makem) Connor.  John was raised in Medford and his family summered in North Scituate.  John graduated from St. Johnís Preparatory High School in Danvers, where he was one of the Captains of the Football team and co-Captain of the Track and Field team and was recently inducted into the schoolís Sports Hall of Fame for his stellar performance throwing shot put on the Track and Field team.  John and his team won the Track and Field State Championship in 1957.

While attending college, John worked for his fatherís land surveying company. He successfully surveyed Route 128, Interstate 93 and the Mass. Turnpike.  John graduated in 1962 with a business degree from Merrimack College in North Andover.

Johnís love for the culinary arts started during his teenage summers when he worked for Hugoís in Cohasset.  John combined his love for cooking with his business acumen and successfully opened and operated several restaurants.  The Studio in Gloucester remains open and is a local favorite.  John will be remembered fondly for the gourmet meals he prepared when he and his wife Janet entertained family and friends.

In his later years, John's entrepreneurial skills allowed him to start several other businesses including a real estate and travel agency.  John and Janet were passionate about leading travel tours to various warm locales particularly their favorite, the islands of Hawaii.

After retiring to The Villages in Florida, John and his wife Janet spent time volunteering for the Reach for Recovery Cancer organization and the Moffat Cancer Center.  At The Villages, John remained active and played a weekly round of golf and competed in The Villages Senior Games in shot put. He was also a proud member of the The Villages Celtic Club.

In addition to his wife Janet of fifty-two years, he is survived by three sons, Stephen of Methuen, Paul of Bradford and Daniel and his spouse Sanjay Chaudhary of West Medford; two grandsons Brendan and Alexander both of Bradford; his two brothers Raymond of Oak Park, IL, Brian of Wellington, New Zealand and many nieces and nephews. Johnís beloved sister Maria Christine Ogden of Manchester, CT., preceded him in death.

His funeral will be held at 9 am Monday, November 10 from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home,  6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by the  celebration of a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial 10 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday from 4 to 7 pm. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.  Memorial donations in lieu of flowers are welcome for the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, 55 Fruit Street , Boston , MA 02114  or the Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923 Each organization was invaluable in their help and care for John and his family.

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