John Burnham York |

John Burnham York

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Aspen CO, Colorado

John B. York, 83 of Beverly, Mass., passed away Friday, March 6, 2009, at the Colorado State Veteran’s Nursing Home in Rifle.

He was born Aug.14, 1925, in Beverly, Mass., to Myron and Alice York. John served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner on a merchant marine ship in World War II. He was a welder at United Shoe and a dedicated groundskeeper for a beautiful estate in Manchester for many years, for which he was loved. He was a very active member of the American Legion, Post 64, in Hamilton, Mass., where he also was a past district commander.

He was a kind and devoted husband, father, and papa and known to many as Papa John. John married Laura M. Pellicio on Aug. 1, 1948, in Beverly, Mass.

Survivors include: a son, Richard J. York of Beverly, Mass.; daughters Cheryl Ann (Laurie) York of Aspen, Darlene F. (Harrison) York of New Castle; granddaughters Cassie Ann Harrison and Cadie Elizabeth Harrison of New Castle; sisters Reta E. Willey of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Frances A. Kale of Bridgewater, Va., Margie A. Douchtte of Sandwich, Mass., and Dottie Cotter of Clearmont, Fla.

In honoring his life, the family is asking for donations to the Alzheimer’s Association,, or 1-800-272-3900 in dad’s name. His ashes will be interred in Massachusetts with his wife at a later date.

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