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John S. Hovey

John S. Hovey, 77, of Merrimac, formerly longtime of 112 High Street, Ipswich, died Sunday, September 27, 2015  in the Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport following his sudden illness He was the husband of the late Patricia E. (Dow) who died in November 2014.

Born in Ipswich June 5, 1938 John was the only child of the late John S. and Thurza G. (Sheppard) Hovey. He was raised in Ipswich and was  a 1956 graduate of Ipswich public schools. He served a peacetime enlistment in the U.S. Army. Married in 1960 to the late Anne (Como), the Hoveys made their home and raised their family at their High Street home. Remarried in 1986, he and the late Patricia E. (Dow) resided in Salisbury and for the past ten or more years in their late Merrimac home.  John was a truck driver, having driven his entire professional life. For many years he was employed by Centre Trucking in North Reading and most recently and until a  recent injury, for the Cassidy Paving Company in Stoneham.

He is survived by two sons, Jason M. Hovey of Ipswich, Peter Beckman of NY; two daughters, Lynda G. Weigant and her husband Dean of Ipswich, Christine Rogers of Merrimac; six grandchildren, Justin Hovey and Jamilyn Pinkham both of Ipswich, Danielle Weigant and Jeremy Weigant both of ME, Jonathan and Dylan Beckman both of NY and two great grandchildren, Bryan Weigant and Hayleigh Pinkham. He was the father of the late Robert J. Hovey formerly of CA and grandfather of the late Johnathan Hovey  formerly of Ipswich.

His funeral service with Military Honors will be held 10 am Saturday October 3, graveside in Highland Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Friday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, (www.bidmc.org/give-to-BIDMC.aspx) 330 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215.


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