Merrimac — John Roy Minihan, just 10 days shy of his 94th birthday, longtime Merrimac resident, died Friday afternoon, September 28, 2012 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, surrounded by the family he loved so dearly.
Born in Boston, October 8, 1918, son of the late John T. and Priscilla (Wright) Minihan, John was a graduate of Wilmington High School and went on to graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
He was a proud veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Navy from June 8, 1944 until his honorable discharge on February 19, 1946 with the rank of Hospital Apprentice 1st Class. He was the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal and the American Theatre Medal and for many years was a member of the Stanley F. Wood Post, American Legion of Merrimac.
John had worked as a truck driver for Liberty Oil Company and went on to be the manager for Souza Oil Company.
Beloved husband of the late Martha V. (Hamilton) Minihan who died November 22, 1985, he leaves behind his children, Patricia A. Minihan and companion Rick; Marie Bixby and husband Clifton, E. Sandra Noone, Kathleen R. Sevigny, Norman W. Armstrong and wife Joyce, David H. Armstrong and wife Darlene, all of Merrimac; Arthur O’Keefe and companion Gina of Lynn, and Maureen Choate and husband Gary; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and dear friends, all of whom will forever cherish the legacy he leaves them. He was predeceased by his sons, Gary, Dennis and John Jr.; his daughter, Edna Smith; and his sons-in-law, Richard Noone and James Sevigny.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, will be Tuesday, October 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services at the funeral home will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. followed by interment in Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac. Donations in his memory may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 138 Conant Street, 1st Floor, Beverly, MA 01915.