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John R. Marsh

January 31, 1941 ~ December 28, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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John Marsh Obituary

John Richard Marsh, a longtime resident of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 28th, 2023.

John was born in Swampscott, Massachusetts, on January 31, 1941. John played hockey at Lynn English High School and earned a scholarship to play for the legendary “Snooks” Kelley at Boston College. He played in the 1963 Frozen Four as well as scoring the winning goal in the Beanpot against Boston University. He was awarded the Joe Tomasello Unsung Hero Award given by the New England Hockey Writers Association. In 1965, he played on the U.S. National Team in Oslo, Norway.  

After his playing days he worked as a beloved Lynnfield High School history teacher and hockey coach. John was consistently recognized by graduating classes as their most admired teacher.
He came out of retirement and went back to helping others working as a Guidance Counselor at Thurgood Marshall Middle school in Lynn. He also co-authored a tome Sports Illustrated Training
with Weights: The Athlete's Free-Weight Guide with his best friend and author Robert B. Parker. John enjoyed spending his summers at his lake house in Maine with friends and family and traveling to Naples, Florida in the winter.

John is the son of the late Gerald and Margaret (Doyle) Marsh. He leaves behind the love of his life, his wife, Judy Marsh of 59 years whom he had been in love with since he was 15. His children, John R. Marsh Jr., Jeff Marsh and his wife Christine from Ipswich, MA, and his daughter Jennifer Marsh- McKean and the late Ron McKean from Lynnfield, MA. He also leaves behind 5 Grandchildren. Cortney, Claudia and Julia Marsh and Ryan and Ashley McKean. Devoted brother to the late Mary Walsh, Ilene Mallock, Helen Callahan and Joe Marsh as well as many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 6th at Mackey Funeral home in Middleton, Massachusetts. Visiting hours are 10:30am – 12:30pm with a service at 12:30pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( The link is below.

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January 6, 2024

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Middleton, Mass
128 S Main St - Rt. 114
Middleton, MA 01949

Funeral Service
January 6, 2024

12:30 PM
Middleton, Mass
128 S Main St - Rt. 114
Middleton, MA 01949


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501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856


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