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John B. Bouchard, Jr.

John B. Bouchard, Jr.
  • January 27, 1952 - December 24, 2017
  • Wakefield, Massachusetts

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“Jack was definitely a family man. He loved his wife and daughter as much as anyone could. He loved to travel and see new places. He was devoted to...Read More »
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“My husband and I were blessed to know John as a next-door neighbor and friend for a dozen years on Greenwood Ave in Wakefield. We really got lucky...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Charla Gabert - Alamo, CA

“So sorry to hear of the loss of John. John was a good friend and neighbor. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God Bless You John and may...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Richard Wheeler - MA

“I am so very sorry to hear about John's passing. He was such a big spirit, who loved life and especially both Paulette and Elizabeth, whom he talked...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Pam Mayne - Bolton, MA

“My heartfelt sympathies to John's loved ones. I worked with John at Bay/Nortel Networks for several years. My memories of working with John still...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Phyllis Gordon - Newton, MA

“Dear John, I am so sorry to hear this. You were more than just a work-mate, a fellow tech writer. You were a friend who brought me into your life,...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Bob Dea - Newbury, MA

“Jack's light continues to shine in each and everyone who had the pleasure to know him. Keep his memory alive by passing that candle to others. My...Read More »
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“I am so sad to hear about John's passing. I worked with John for years and have so many good memories of the fun and practical jokes he brought into...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Lori Adams - Pelham, NH

“May the God of all comfort never leave your side as you mourn the loss of your loved one in peace (Psalms 119:76). ”
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John B. Bouchard, Jr., of Wakefield, passed away after a long illness on December 24 with his family by his side. He was 65.

A writer by trade, he had the intellect necessary to follow a career as a technical writer and the heart to pursue his love of creative writing. He had a gift for rendering complex material into clear language accessible to professionals and lay users alike. He plied his craft for several large and small companies over a nearly 40-year career in the field, including Sun Microsystems, Bay Networks and Nortel Networks.

He is survived by his wife Paulette (Beaudoin) Bouchard of Wakefield and daughter Elizabeth Bouchard and her husband Eric Hofbauer of Jamaica Plain. He is also survived by his sister Mary Ellen Bouchard of Arlington, Virginia, his brother, James Bouchard and partner Claudio Rotondaro of Los Angeles. He was the stepson of Joan Bouchard of Wilbraham, MA. Survived also by loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and a host of cousins and long-time friends.

John had a special talent for not only making friends, but for keeping them as life-long companions. From elementary school through college and work, as well as from Paulette's circle of friends, he enjoyed an ever-expanding social circle whose members enjoyed one another's company. Each fall he looked forward to a gathering of his college friends dubbed the "Little Chill." Whether friends met frequently or only occasionally, with John at the center of this universe, all were greatly enriched by his wit and humor.

John always had a love of the open road, and no trip was too far or too suddenly called for him to serve as driver. (Of course, any trip was accompanied by a Beach Boys playlist.) Most notably, he fulfilled a long-time dream a few years ago to trace the entirety of Rt. 66 from its starting point in Chicago to the Pacific coast. He maintained a blog throughout the journey to allow his family and friends to join him in a vicarious road trip of a lifetime.

John was a 1974 graduate of Stonehill College and he earned a certificate in software technical writing at Middlesex Community College. He was a native of Windsor Locks, Connecticut and the son of the late John B. Bouchard, Sr. and Madeline (Hillgrove) Bouchard.

His funeral from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave.,Wakefield at 9:00am on Friday will be followed by a Funeral Mass in the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield at 10:00am. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4:00-7:00pm. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John's name to Stonehill College, Office of Advancement, 320 Washington St., Easton, MA, 02357.

The family wishes to extend its thanks to Kevin Carleton for writing this tribute.