John R. Kessinger, 87, of Halifax, Massachusetts died on January 19th, after a long illness.
Born in Boston in 1934, he was the oldest child of Alice and Guy Kessinger.
He received his Bachelors degree from Boston State College in 1955, and in 1963 he earned his Masters of Education from Bridgewater State University.
John spent most of his career as a school teacher in the Scituate public school system. He taught different grade levels and also served as principal. After his tenure in Scituate, he taught at the Plymouth House of Corrections where he was determined that every one of his students could read proficiently so they could obtain their high school diploma.
In retirement, John enjoyed reading, working in his garden, calling bingo, traveling, and singing with his two beloved chorus groups. He was an active member in the Knights of Columbus and a former member of the Halifax Kiwanis. He always lit up the room with his enormous smile, caring personality and great sense of humor. He would help anyone in need and enjoyed spending time as a volunteer with the Helping Hands organization. He was a devout Catholic who attended daily Mass.
John was the husband of the late Marjorie Kessinger who was the love of his life for over 25 years. He is survived by his brothers Robert Kessinger of Hull, James Kessinger of Texas, his sister Marilyn Smith of Woburn, and the late Irene McCann of Plymouth, Marie Sullivan of Weymouth and Lawrence Kessinger of Boston. He leaves behind six children: Maryellen Kessinger of Weymouth, John Kessinger (Katey) of Duxbury, Joanne Taylor (James) of Hingham, David Kessinger (Angela) of Lincoln Park New Jersey, Nancy Kessinger of Scituate and Carolyn MacDonald of Hanover. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jennifer, Christopher, Michael, Stephen, Victoria, Kaitlyn, Michaela, John, Sarah and Jason as well three great grandchildren: Abigail, James and Isabella. He also leaves behind many friends, nieces and nephews who loved being in his company.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his services on Tuesday, January 25th from 4- 7pm at the Blanchard Funeral Chapel, Plymouth Street (Rte. 58 @ the rotary) Whitman. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 26th at 9am at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 575 Monponsett Street in Halifax.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s honor, to the Knights of Columbus, Council number 11390 c/o Holy Apostles Counsel Parish, 575 Monponsett Street, Halifax, MA 02338.
Thomas Boyd Obiturary: Thomas F. Boyd
( April 26, 2020 )
Thomas Francis Boyd, 80 of Halifax,
passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020,
with his family by his side. Born on
June 6, 1939, in Baltimore, Maryland,
he was the son of the late William and
Margaret (Nicholson) Boyd. Thomas
enjoyed gardening, bowling, and
spending time with family and friends.
He volunteered his time and was a member of the Holy Name Society
and the Knights of Columbus. He graduated from Stonehill College and
proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the Marine Corps during the
Vietnam War. Thomas worked for the United States Postal Service for 40
Thomas was the beloved husband to Lois S. (Petruzzelli) Boyd of Halifax
and the devoted father to their children Theresa M. Kefalas and her
husband John of Mansfield, Thomas W. Boyd, and his wife Melissa of
Middleboro, Brian A. Boyd and his wife Jamie of Halifax, and the late
Karen E. Boyd. He was the loving brother of Margaret Boyd of Jamaica
Plain and Joan Piscitelli of Dedham. Thomas was also the cherished
grandfather of George, Isabella, Chloe, Gregory, Alexis, Lillian, and
Shelby, and several nieces and nephews.
All services will be private and a memorial service will be held at a later