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ANDOVER: John H. Atchinson Jr., 77, of Andover, died Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at Academy Manor Nursing Center in Andover.

John was born in Woonsocket, R.I., on August 20, 1937, to the late John "Howard" and Jenny (Kozacka) Atchinson.

He was a graduate of Blackstone High School in Blackstone, Mass. John graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, receiving both his Bachelor of Science and his Master's degree in electrical engineering. He began his career as a satellite communication engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory and retired in 1997 from MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Mass.

John was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Lexington, Mass. His hobbies included amateur radio (W1WMH), as well as stamp and coin collecting.

He was an active member of South Church in Andover. He also was the treasurer of the Punchard Trustees for eight years.

He was a devoted husband, as well as a generous and understanding father.

He is survived by his wife, Deanna (Hudgins) Atchinson of Andover; his son, William Atchinson of Lowell; and his daughter, Amy Cagli and his two grandchildren, Ibrahim and Isabelle of Arlington, Va. His sister, Anna Atchinson of Millville, Mass., predeceased him in 2013.

A memorial service will be offered on January 16, 2015, at 11 a.m. at South Church in Andover. To offer condolences or to check for service updates in January, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on  November 30, 2014
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