John J. McCormack, age 83, of Methuen, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He was the beloved husband of Sandra (Desrocher) McCormack, with whom he shared more than sixty wonderful years in marriage.
Born, raised, and educated in Yorkshire, England, John was the son of the late John and Minnie (Stell) McCormack. After immigrating to the United States, John settled in the Methuen area and it was not long before he met his sweetheart Sandra. They were married in 1960 and soon began their family.
An avid sports enthusiast, John loved rugby, hockey, lacrosse and was a member of the Methuen Senior Hockey League, which he ran for some ten years, and enjoyed coaching in the local youth hockey league. One of his greatest joys was driving his #48 stock car at Pines and Hudson Speedways.
John was a devoted fan of all New England sports, always sure to watch the Bruins and the Celtics. In his spare time, he loved gardening and model trains.
A devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather best describes how John will be remembered. Time spent with his grandchildren was time he always cherished.
John was predeceased by his sister, Eileen Dance and her spouse Leslie.
In addition to his wife, Sandra, he was survived by his sons, John Michael McCormack and his wife Michelle of Methuen, MA, James P. McCormack of Manchester, NH, and Timothy McCormack and his wife Deborah of Methuen, MA; his grandchildren, Brandon, Emily and Shawna McCormack; five step-grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visitation between 4:00–7:00 PM on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen with a funeral service at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 26, 2021 in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen.
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