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John O. Esperson

John O. Esperson, 84, of Ipswich, passed away on Monday April 19, 2021 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by his loving wife and family after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

John was born on August 19,1936 in Salem, to Harold and Elodia Esperson. He graduated Ipswich High in 1956 and worked for many local farms including Sturgis and Parsons Farms. After High School he took up metal work and became a member of the Local Iron Workers Union, repairing and building many of the bridges along Route 128 during the 1960's. He also spent much time repairing various equipment and machinery during his professional career and could fix just about anything that didn't have a keyboard. His later years found him acquiring his CDL and driving for a local fuel delivery company and plowing for the state of Massachusetts.

He loved steam trains, old cars and blondes (just ask his wife). He enjoyed driving and tinkering his pristine 83 Chevy Silverado Pickup to meet his longtime friends getting coffee and reminiscing the old times.

He is survived by his loving wife of twenty-seven years, Denise (Ahlberg) Esperson of Ipswich, his son Christopher Nigro and his wife Christine Nigro of Nottingham, NH and his brother Harold Esperson Jr of Ipswich. His five grandchildren and three great grandchildren all hold 'Grampa John' with love in their hearts. He was preceded in death by his sons John (Randy) Esperson and Jason J Nigro, and his sister Salma Atkinson. He is also survived by two ex-wives Candace M Muise and Joan Cummings-Bonjorno.

His funeral service will be held graveside Saturday April 24 at 1 pm in the Highland Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Friday 6 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St, Ipswich. All services will adhere to COVID-19 protocols, those in attendance must wear masks and observe social distancing. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797  https://lustgarten.org/donate/

 

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