Veteran, educator and fan of Boston sports

Published May 15, 2019

WAKEFIELD — Dr. John Losco, 95, veteran, educator and loving patriarch, of Revere, Wakefield and Lynnfield, died May 7, 2019 after a brief period of declining health. 

John is survived by his children, Lorraine Howard of North Reading; Pamela Barton-Almy of Lynnfield; and John (Jack) Losco Jr. of Wakefield; and his seven grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife June Losco of Wakefield; and his sisters Anna O’Donnnell and Parma Losco of Revere.

John was born on Sept. 2, 1923 in in Revere to Roger and Adeline Losco. The family lived in Revere during his childhood, where he graduated from Revere High School. John served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After graduating from Suffolk University focusing on pre-med courses, he re-entered the U.S. Air Force in 1951 as a commissioned officer, where he also served in the Korean War. John earned the rank of major in the Air Force Office of Special Investigation, where he completed his military service.

In 1953, he and June were married, and John then entered the field of education. His 37 years in the education field began first as a teacher, later as a long-time principal of Revere High School and finally the assistant superintendent of Revere Schools, where he retired in 1990. Recognizing the importance of education, John received an MS in Education from Suffolk University and an MS in Guidance from Tufts University. He also achieved two Ph.D’s: One in Education and the other in the Art of Oratory.

John and his family were long-time residents of Wakefield, where he was on the board of directors of a local bank, a serious fan of Boston sports teams and an active member of the Wakefield Retired Men’s Club. John was devoted to his family and the Catholic Church. He was a loving and hard-working example to his children and grandchildren and will be remembered as a supportive parent and grandparent, effective educator, reliable friend, and leading community figure.

John’s funeral from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield was on Saturday, May 11, followed by a funeral Mass. at St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield.  Visitation for relatives and friends was held at the funeral home on Friday, May 10. Interment will take place at Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. To sign the guestbook, visit