Salem, NH — John F. Willis, 61, of Salem, NH, passed away Thursday, February 20, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Methuen, son of the late David and Clara (Castle) Willis. John was a graduate of Tenney High School in Methuen and worked at General Mills in Methuen for 32 years prior to retiring. He was a member of the American Legion Post 66 in Green Valley, AZ, had a love for music and was a history buff. He also enjoyed traveling, golfing, spending time in Arizona for the past 10 years, socializing with friends at the Fireside Restaurant in Methuen, but most of all, John was always good for a laugh.
John is survived by his wife, Barbara (Ivester) Willis of Salem, NH; daughters, Melanie Correia of Haverhill, Vanessa France and her husband, Matthew, of Westminster; stepdaughters, Heather Moran and her husband, John, of Salem, NH, Brianna Cole of Salem, NH, Jobeana Perisa and her husband, James, of Garden City, NY; grandchildren, Gianna, Jackson, Brady, Dylan, Shea, Ashton, Abigail, Maddie, Olivia, Maeve, Cameron; brothers, David Willis and his wife, Mary, Steve Willis; and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours on Friday, February 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence St., in Methuen. A funeral Mass will take place Saturday, March 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica’s Church in Methuen. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s honor may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215 or Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843. Online condolences may be made at www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Pollard Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Willis family with arrangements.