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DANVERS: John J. Lyons of Danvers, age 94, formerly of New Bedford, Andover and Bradenton, Fla. passed away of natural causes on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Twin Oaks Center. He was the husband of the late Lillian (Wobecky) Lyons, with whom he shared 71 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford on April 18, 1921, John was the son of the late James and Julia (Kares) Lyons. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and was awarded five battle stars. He was a graduate of Holy Family High School and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He worked in the textile industry in New Bedford until 1956 when he accepted a position as an Industrial Engineer with Western Electric in North Andover.

He resided in Andover for the following 24 years where he was active in St. Augustine's Parish. He was a member of the Andover Knights of Columbus serving as Grand Knight from 1963-64. Upon retirement in 1980, he and his wife moved to Bradenton where he enjoyed golf and tennis well into his 80s. In 2008, the couple moved to Danvers where their son resided.

He is survived by three children, Sharon and husband Michael Connolly of Woodstock, N.Y., Dennis of Danvers and Kathy and husband, Walter Dobravolsky of Cedar Park, Texas. He was "Grampy" to 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sisters and is survived by three siblings, Theresa Wetzel of New Bedford, Margaret Benoit of Brockton and William Lyons of Bradenton, Fla., as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, September 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, Andover. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Augustine's Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover, followed by interment in Spring Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.
Published on  September 24, 2015
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