John H. Conrad, 89, longtime of John Wise Avenue, Essex, husband
of Edith M. (McClintock) Conrad, died Friday February 23, 2008
in the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Gloucester
following his brief illness.
Born in Gloucester December 12, 1918, son of the late Charles N.
and Ann (Poole) Conrad, he was raised in Essex, where he
attended the former Choate School. As a young man he worked for
several years for the Essex Ice Company as a delivery man.
Entering the Army in 1941, he served in Company “B” Armored
Infantry Battalion. He received a Purple Heart for shrapnel
wounds sustained in a battle near the Rhone River in Belgium.
He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a Staff Sergeant.
Returning to Essex, the Conrads married in March of 1946 and
made their home and raised their family in the house he built on
John Wise Avenue. For several years he worked at the Story
Shipyard then became self employed full time as a finish
carpenter for the Essex Housing Authority. He retired in 1995
after twenty-six years of service.
He was a hunting and fishing enthusiast and an amateur
photographer. An excellent marksman, he was a member of the
Conomo Point Pistol Club. He loved his dogs and enjoyed feeding
birds and squirrels. He was a self taught guitar player. He will
be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his wife of sixty-one years he is survived by two
sons, Brian Conrad and his wife Jayne of Derry, NH and Bruce S.
Conrad and his companion Kim Amero of Essex; a daughter, Linda
J. Johnson and her husband Bruce M. of Essex; three
grandchildren, Matthew Conrad and Jamie Conrad both of Derry, NH
and Jason Conrad of Essex; a sister Virginia Palelli of
Gloucester and many nephews and nieces. He was the brother of
the late Herbert Conrad formerly of Gloucester, Clayton Conrad
of Idaho, Gordon Conrad of NH, Roxia Bullock of Ipswich and
Mildred Hawley of Essex.
His funeral with Military Honors will be held Thursday Feb. 28,
2009 at 11 am graveside in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex.
Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. In lieu of flowers
memorial contributions in his name may be made to DAV Memorial
Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Arrangements
are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of