John C. Wade

John C. Wade

John was always in motion. For work he had done a little of everything. He started out as a mechanic for Willis Volkswagen and eventually became the service manager. Later years found him selling Snap-on Tools and eventually driving a bus for senior citizens: the ladies loved him. When he wasn’t working, he was most likely volunteering his time with the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Charities and driving people to their doctor’s appointments. And he got to see the world: he drove across the country, took many a cruise and travelled across Europe. Out of High School he joined the Navy to fight for our freedoms in North Korea, but remained state side: he joked that he only made it as far as the docks. He was a lifelong fan of the Eagles and the Phils. His later years found him at Brightview Nursing Home where he became the unofficial greeter, positioning himself as the familiar face by the front door.
He met a pretty girl in high school, the late Alberta. They shared a 64-year marriage blessed by two children, the late Catherine Phelps (nee Wade) and John (Kathy) Wade and later by grandchildren, Sara Phelps (Scott Ketterer), John (Ericka) Wade, the late Daniel Wade and a great granddaughter, Athena Wade.

Come celebrate 90 great years Friday 8-10 a.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, Beverly. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. at Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, St. Joseph’s Church, Beverly. Interment Monument Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society ( will be appreciated.


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