John A. Prisby
John A. Prisby, 95, passed away on Wednesday,
January 8, 2020 peacefully at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center in Gloucester.
Born in Ipswich on
November 17, 1924, he was the son of the late Rudolph and Mary (Zagula)
He received all his sacraments from the
Sacred Heart Polish Church in Ipswich.
John is survived by his
son Scott Prisby of Ipswich and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Prisby was predeceased by three
brothers Walter Prisby and Ignatius Prisby, both formerly of Ipswich and
Frank Prisby formerly of Amesbury and by five sisters Kathryn Zabelski,
Elizabeth Eliopoulos, Frances LeClair, all of Ipswich, Ann Strungis
formerly of Jamaica Plain and Valeria Carosella, formerly of Roslindale.
He was the former husband of the late Mary S (Soffron) Murphy of Ipswich.
A veteran of World War
II, John proudly served with the United States Navy from 1943 to February
He was a Seaman First Class aboard the
Heavy Cruiser USS Canberra in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre including the
Following his honorable discharge he
returned to Ipswich and spent most of his working career at the United
Shoe Machinery Co. in Beverly where he retired in 1986.
John was a lifelong
member of the PLAV Post 92 and proudly marched in many Veterans and
Memorial Day parades in Ipswich.
John also served years as President and
on the Board of Directors at the Kosciusko Club and enjoyed spending time
with many friends there.
He also was a member of the VFW Post
#1093 and the St. Lawrence Literary Society.
John loved to work in his vegetable garden and was
an enthusiastic fan of both the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
His funeral service will be 11 am Thursday, January 16 at the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, Six High Street, Ipswich followed by
interment with Military Honors in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich.
Visitation will be held Thursday prior to the service from 9 to 11
am. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Johnís name to a
charity of one's choice.
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