U.S. Marine served in World War II
Published in the March 11, 2016 edition
FREEMONT, N.H. — John W. Bishop Sr., a longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully on March 3 at Colonial Poplin Nursing Home in Fremont, N.H. at age 92.
John was born in Malden on Oct. 2, 1923 and was raised in Everett by Gould W. and Edna M. (Turner) Taylor. He was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1942 and served his country proudly in the Pacific Theatre during World War II in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following his honorable discharge, he received training in accounting at Bentley College. Mr. Bishop worked for Sylvania for many years, where he received awards for his achievements. He then worked for United Shoe Machinery in management and accounting positions for many years. After gaining accounting experience, John moved into various management positions at Bank of America and the O’Connor Construction Company.
John was an intelligent, analytical thinker with great aptitude for how things work and overseeing implementation. He loved tinkering around the house, and attempting to fix anything mechanical. From a young age, he was a strong, independent thinker with a laser focus. When he set his mind to a particular subject or goal, he was not to be denied.
In his free time, he enjoyed going for drives in his large Buicks or Lincolns to see New England. He had an interest in the stock market and loved the Big Band era of 1940s. John was a devoted family man with a tough military exterior and kind heart. He loved his grandchildren, doted on his wife Ingrid and loved going out to dinner with his family. He will be missed.
John was beloved husband of the late Ingrid E. (Pearson) Bishop, with whom he shared 40 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of John W. Bishop Jr. of Boston and his partner Patricia Sullivan; David A. Bishop and his wife Sandra of Sandown, N.H. and the late Judith A. Lenk. He was the dear brother of the late Clinton T. Bishop. He was the loving grandfather of Jeffrey and Michael Lenk; and Cara and Cameron Bishop.
Relatives and friends gathered in honor and remembrance of John’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Monday, March 7, and again on Tuesday, March 8 for his Funeral Service. Interment with military honors by the U.S. Marine Corps in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. For online tribute or to share a memory, visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com.