SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 21, 2013

John R. Pitman, 49


Beverly — John R. Pitman passed away at home, on Tuesday, surrounded by the love of his family. He was 49. Born and raised in Beverly, he was the son of Anne (DiGregorio) Pitman and the late Frank Pitman. A graduate of Beverly High School, John went on to study at the Sylvania Technical School and was a quality manager with Axcelis Technologies. An avid sportsman, John enjoyed playing golf and coached Beverly Girls Softball; he also enjoyed playing cards and was a member of the Vittori Rocci Post. The beloved husband of Kathleen (McBrien) Pitman; he was the cherished father of Hannah and Molly Pitman of Beverly; his daughters were the center of his universe. A true family man, nothing brought him more joy than cooking and spending time together.

In addition to his wife and two daughters, John is survived by his mother Anne Pitman; his siblings, Robert and wife Irene of Peabody, William and his wife Shirley of Beverly, the late Frank and his wife Suzanne of Beverly, Carol Burnham and husband Richard of Beverly, Ginny McCarthy and husband Sean of Beverly, Anne Stump and husband Paul of Topsfield and Brenda Modugno and husband James of Beverly; his father & mother in law: Joseph and Jeanne McBrien of Beverly and his sisters in law: Colleen Ricker and husband Fred of Peabody and Maureen Rogers and husband Michael of Danvers. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch St., Beverly, on Saturday, Feb. 23rd, at 10 am . Relatives and friends invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held Friday, from 4 to 7 pm in the Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., North Beverly location. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, for Ocular Melanoma Research, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. For information or to send a message of condolence, please visit: www.campbellfuneral.com