Haverhill — John Thomas Strangman Sr., 56, of Haverhill, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with prostate cancer.
Born May 28, 1956, John was the son of Charlene (Miner) Strangman and the late Richard J. Strangman Sr. He was a devoted, loving husband and soul-mate to his wife of 28 years, Kathleen A. (Pallaria) Strangman; a loving father to his son, John T. Strangman Jr. and daughter, Bailey A. Strangman. John also leaves an extremely close and loving extended family; brother, Richard J. Strangman Jr. and his wife, Gerri (Pariseau); sisters, Kathleen M. McAninch and husband, Kevin, Maureen A. Bergeron and companion, Michael P. Bates. He was a cherished uncle to several nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. Known as the beloved "Uncle John", he attended many of the kids games and events and would tease and rough-house with them which they all loved. He was also known as the "fun" dad to his kid’s friends over the years and cared about them like his own.
John attended Sacred Hearts School in Bradford and was a 1975 graduate of Haverhill High School. Later, he earned a business degree at Northern Essex Community College. He worked for many years at Alternate Circuits Technology which later merged with Hadco then Sanmina. After earning his degree, he worked at Rite-Aide in Billerica and Methuen. In his earlier years John worked every summer at Salisbury State Reservation (W and WY).
John enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, the Three Stooges, the music of James Taylor, camping with friends and family when would always tell the infamous "burning" marshmallow story despite the rolling eyes of his audience, hanging out with his longtime childhoods friends, Mark Hayden and the late, David James, antiquing, gardening, and fishing but mostly just sitting on the couch with his wife and two best-buds, Snoopy and Puffy, watching their favorite shows on the discovery and history channel.
He will be missed by all that knew him but will never be forgotten, living on in our hearts and memories forever.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral on Monday, January 21 at 9 a.m. from the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St. Haverhill followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Sacred Hearts Church, 165 South Main St., Bradford. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford. Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Sunday, January 20 from 1-4 p.m. Condolences to his family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com
Please consider donations in his memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, by calling the Development Office at 617-632-3019 or on-line at www.danafarber.org.