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John H. Appleton, Sr., 91
Northborough – John H. Appleton Sr., formerly of Northborough, died peacefully on January 8, 2013 at New Horizons in Marlborough. His wife Virginia M. (Elwood) died in 2001 and his son John H. Appleton Jr. in 2002. He leaves his daughter-in-law, Laura Appleton Demers of Dover, NH; a granddaughter, Breanne A. Appleton of PA; a nephew, Joseph Kasper of NH and a niece, Nora Kasper of IL.
Born and raised in Boston, son of the late Frank and Mary (Sullivan) Appleton, John lived in Scituate and Weymouth since the 1950s before moving to Northborough in 1998. He attended Wentworth Institute in Boston. Mr. Appleton worked as a machinist in the greater Boston area for many years from the end of WW II until 1965. He spent his career working at Mugar Memorial Library at Boston University until his retirement. John was an active member of the Weymouth VFW post and St. Francis Xavier Church of S. Weymouth. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish. John was an avid golfer. He and his wife Virginia traveled extensively throughout Europe and the U.S. Most of all, John was a devoted grandfather. Mr. Appleton proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WW II.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. in Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St. (Rte. 20) Northborough. John’s funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 12th at 10 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church, 244 West Main St. Northborough. He will be laid to rest in Howard St. Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St. Boston, MA 02108, For online condolences, please visit


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