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Rev. John H. Pressey

Rev. John H. Pressey, 89, of Fellows Road, husband of the late Marjorie (Nickerson) Pressey, died Friday August 8, 2008 in his Ipswich home following his long illness.

Born in Salem January 6, 1919, son of the late Charles H. and Carrie K. (Blake) Pressey, he was raised in Salem and was a graduate of Salem public schools. He was a graduate of Gordon College and of the Boston University School of Theology.  Married in 1942, he served the following year with the U.S. Army. An ordained minister, he began his ministries at Sherman Station, ME followed by pastorates in the United Methodist Church in Skowhegan, ME, East Saugus, Ipswich United Methodist Church, Glendale Church in Everett, First Church in Lynn, Maynard and Beverly. Since his retirement in 1982 he served at the Wesley Methodist Church in Salem and as an associate minister at the First Congregational Church in Hamilton for  seven years, followed by a position of Ministry to the Elderly at the First Congregational Church of Boxford.

Most recently he served as co-pastor at the Linebrook Church in Ipswich.

He and his wife Marge led tours group tours to  Great Britain, Europe, Hawaii and the Caribbean, and served as a chaplain on cruise ships of the Holland America and Princess Cruise Lines.

He is survived by a son, Doane Pressey of Ipswich; five daughters, Carrilee Gerniglia and her husband Joseph of Salem, Laurie Shea and her husband Downey of Elliot, ME, Rachel Kilgour and her husband John of Ipswich, Deborah Viggiano and her husband Michael of S. Hamilton,  and Jaye Viggiano and her husband John of Pt. Pleasant, NJ; seventeen  grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren; a “just like a daughter” Denise Melanson of Beverly and his beloved Boston Terrier “Lily”. He was the brother of the late Raymond Pressey formerly of Marblehead and father-in-law of the late Muriel Pressey formerly of Marblehead.

A “Celebration of his Life Memorial Service”, with an interpreter for the deaf and hearing impaired,  will be held at noon Tuesday, August 12,  in the First United Methodist Church of Hamilton, 391 Bay Road, Hamilton. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich.  His funeral and interment services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Organ Fund, Linebrook Church, 391 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.



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