John Davis Cushing
John Davis Cushing, 72, husband of Sarah Ridge
Cushing of Essex, died on February 10, 2021, after a long battle with
John was the son of the late George Marston
Cushing Jr. and Mary Margaret (Loring) Cushing. He grew up in Dedham,
Massachusetts, and graduated from Dedham Country Day School and Milton
He received his Bachelor of Science
degree in biology from Lawrence University. After college, while looking
to furnish his apartment, his parents let him have a portion of their
antiques, provided he fix them.
His uncle Francis Welch mentored him in
their repair, and that led to his career in furniture repair and
restoration, a way for him to use his artistic skills.
He opened his business, John D. Cushing
Antique Restoration, under the Post Office in Essex in the early 1970ís.
He later moved it to his residence on
Martin Street, where he continued working until recently.
John was an active birder.
He organized the Christmas Bird Count in
Essex and took part in the Massachusetts Audubon Societyís Bird-a-Thon for
In recent years, he enjoyed watching the
screech owls in his own backyard.
Photography was also a hobby of his.
His favorite subject was his son and his
friends and classmates on their various adventures with school, Boy
Scouts, skiing, sailing and camping.
As a nature lover, he also took many
photographs from Conomo Point.
He met his wife at the Essex Historical
Societyís annual potluck supper.
With their interest in history, he and
Sarah were involved in bringing the Evelina M. Goulart, a 1927 Essex-built
fishing schooner, back to Essex, and he later became President of the
Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum.
John was a member of the First Congregational
Church of Essex.
and Sarah were among the founders of the Essex Bay Sailing Club, serving
on its Board for many years.
In addition to his wife, John leaves his son,
Samuel Appleton Cushing, of Newport, RI; sister, Margaret Channing Cushing
of New York, NY; brothers, George Littleton Cushing and his wife Elizabeth
Hunt, of Portland, ME, and Edward Baldwin Cushing, of Essex,
as well as nieces, nephews, grandnieces
A virtual service will be held on Saturday,
February 27 at 10:00 a.m. It will be live-streamed on the Churchís
Arrangements are under the direction of the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Essex Shipbuilding
Museum, 66 Main Street, Essex, MA
or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonís Research, P.O. Box 5014,
Hagerstown, MD 21741
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