SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 25, 2013

John F. Purington, 70


Swampscott — John F. Purington, 70, passed away on November 20, 2013, in his home. He was the companion and best friend of Sandra Foresta of Swampscott.

Born in Beverly on March 31, 1943, he was the son of the late John P. and Alma M. (Glenn) Purington. John was raised and educated in Manchester-by-the-Sea and graduated from Story High School. John had been employed as a supervisor at GTE Sylvania and was a member of the Quarter Century Club having worked there for over 30 years. He also was employed at Whirlaway Golf Center in Methuen for the last 20 years.

Besides his dear friend, Sandra, he is survived by his only child, his daughter, Wendy Purington Despres; his son-in-law, Lee; his grandson, Colby and his granddaughter, Camdyn, all of Chichester, N.H.; his only sibling, sister, Donna Rogers and her husband, Bill, of Saugus; his nephew, Dana Rogers and his niece, Kerri Harris; his former wife, Gail A. Purington of Concord, N.H.; his three grandnieces and nephews; and extended family.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass to honor John F. Purington will be celebrated at 9 a.m., on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, in St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, 24 Conant Street, Danvers. Burial will follow in Annunciation Cemetery, Hobart Street, Danvers. Visiting hours are Monday, from 4 to 8 p.m., at C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expression of sympathy may be made in John’s name to the American Red Cross, 139 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02142. www.LyonsFuneral.com.