John T. Driscoll

John T. Driscoll
April 9, 1948-June 18, 2018
John died at his home, on Monday, June 18, 2018, surrounded by loved ones after a gracious and courageous battle with ALS.
Born and raised in Western York State, John graduated from Eden Central High School in 1966 and from St. Boneventure University in 1970, where he earned his BS in Economics. His career was varied with 25 years in the wholesale food business and 15 in the financial services, prior to retirement. After leaving Eden, NY, Mr. Driscoll lived in Horseheads, NY and Peoria, IL before finally settling in Essex and Salem, MA to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He was a lover of music, animals and classic cars.
In addition to Judy, his wife of 49 years, John is survived by his brother James Driscoll; sisters Caroline Heggen and Maureen Driscoll; daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Steven Spungin; son and his son’s long-time partner Joshua Driscoll and Louise Ready; and three granddaughters Sophia, Gabriella, and Zoe Spungin.
A celebration of life will be held on Monday, July 9 at 6:00pm at the First Congregational Church of Essex 39 Main Street Essex, MA. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in John Driscoll’s memory to First Congregational Church of Essex or the ASPCA


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  1. Seth Mascolo on June 22, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Dear Jennifer and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.

    Remember the good times.

  2. Lisa, Carl and Annelise on June 22, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Sweet goodbyes to a kind and special man–I am fortunate to have known him. He was so very proud of his wonderful family.

  3. Kathleen Lell on June 22, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Judy and family

    Know that my prayers are with you and your family. Please accept our sympathy. May your sweet memories bring you roses in December.

    Kathy and Dennis Lell

  4. Vanessa Malfitano on June 22, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    They don’t make men like John anymore. He is one of a kind. I was privileged to have known him for a short time. His smile alone inspired 3 fire departments to build a ramp and help paint his home. The love he displayed for his wife Judy, grandchildren and even his cat truly moved me. Thank you for reminding me how precious life is everyday and for truly making a positive impact on my life.

  5. Jim Conklin on June 22, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    John you will be missed, but we all know you are suffering no more and that you are at peace. Prayers for your family are being sent.

  6. Ken and Nora Milker on June 23, 2018 at 12:01 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. It was wonderful to have been seated with you both at the reunion breakfast. We enjoyed talking with him and you. RIP brave man!

  7. Richard & Mary Davenport on June 23, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Dear Judy and family,

    Mary and I send our condolences and love. I knew John for since Jr High (more than 50 yrs) and he was a great classmate, a good friend and business associate. He was a warm,and genuine human being. I am happy for him that the no win battle is finally over, as sad as this is. We’ll see him again on the other side, and I look forward to that time. Love you guys.

  8. Carol Calkins on June 23, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Dear Judy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Johns passing. All my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I pray your sweet memories will give you strength now and in the future.

  9. Susan Van Vechten Raby on June 23, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Judy, You and John have inspired so many. I thank you for that and healing for you and your family…

  10. Marlane Lang on June 23, 2018 at 2:07 pm



  11. Lauren Weiss on June 24, 2018 at 3:49 am

    So sorry for your loss,

    Lauren, Nathaniel, Sara & Livia Weiss

  12. Caroline, Dave, Lydia & Ashley Hybels on June 24, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Oh Jen,
    I will never forget the loving devotion your father showed for you and Steve and your girls. Always so cheerful and so dedicated to you. He was gracious and kind and oh so adoring. Every recital, every performance, he was there with his smile and support.
    When you told me he was diagnosed with ALS, my heart hurt knowing what he and you all would have to endure. He seemed to handle it with such grace. I am glad he is at peace now, although he was taken way too early. I am so so sorry for your loss. Please give our love to Judy, Steve, Sophia, Gaby and Zoe

  13. Howard Winrow on June 24, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    John thanks for all the financial advice. I heeded it and now I am living the life. Thank you. Fair Winds and Safe Havens. Howard

  14. James Wittmeyer on June 26, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Judy and family

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember all the good times John and I had. God bless you.

    Woody Wittmeyer

  15. Fritz and Karen Winter on June 26, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Judy and Family,
    It was great sadness that we read of the loss of your beloved John. We have wonderful memories of growing up with him in Eden. The grace and courage you showed your entire life together is an inspiration to us all. We hope you can find peace knowing that his fight is over. It was wonderful seeing and visiting with you at the reunion 3 years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Barb and Joe Cavalluzzi on June 26, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Dear Judy and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss and our hearts hurt with yours.
    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Gary and Susan Eye on June 26, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Judy, So sorry to hear of you loss. We will always rember John as a kind and caring person.

  18. Linda Guenther Neu on June 27, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Dear Judy,
    May the love you shared with John bring you strength in the days ahead and may the memories of him comfort you now and always.

  19. Jim & Sarah Schmittendorf on June 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    John was a great guy.
    My condolences to you and your family.

  20. Carol Erdley Spruce on June 28, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Dear Judy and family,

    I feel your pain and I know what you are going through. John was such kind and gentle man. Know that he is at peace.Bless you and your family.

  21. George Vincent mroz on June 28, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Sorry to hear the passing of John. I wish the best to all the family.
    and accept our sympathy. My God bless.

  22. Fran and Dawn Lamb on June 30, 2018 at 5:03 am

    Judy and family. So sorry to hear of John’s passing.
    Thoughts and prayers are sent to you and the family.

  23. Donna M. Aber on July 3, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Judy, I am so sorry for your loss, but hope you will find strength in the memories you both shared. Donna M. Aber

  24. Neal Carriker on July 6, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Judy,we had many laughs and adventures with John as you all coped with such grace the many challenges of ALS. He always made us want to go the extra mile for him because of his humorous good natured efforts to make the most of his remaining abilities. He will be sorely missed.

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