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John A. Ford
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  • Incarnation Church
    429 Upham st.
    Melrose, MA 02176

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“I first met John when I was working for Alitalia and he was the "big Boss" at Emery Airfreight .. I am so sorry to hear of his passing we stayed...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Dorina Aldo - Peabody, MA

“John was one of my very favorite cousins...He would come to our house when I was young to visit my Dad practically every Sunday...He always had such...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Donna Ebert - Medford, MA

“Condolences to the Ford family. A fine generation has passed on. I remember fondly, my neighbors and fellow parishioners. May John rest in peace. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Andrea Taffe - Nahant, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


John Ford, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital on March 6th, 2019. Born in Malden, the only child of John and Catherine (Ebert) Ford, John graduated from Everett High School. It was at a dance at Immaculate Conception Church in Everett where he met Ruth Herlihy, his wife of 61 years. Ruth passed away 2 months prior to John, but their commitment to one another was so evident during their long marriage. Together they enjoyed their family, traveling the world, and their peaceful place in Gilford, New Hampshire.

All who knew John would say his greatest gift was that of being a parent. He was a loving father, patient listener, and constant councilor to Joan Ford Mongeau and her husband Peter, Teresa Ford Anastasi and her husband Peter, Stephen Ford, Tom Ford, and Mary Ford Glickman and her husband Randy. John was actively engaged with all his grandchildren, playing with them, advising them, teaching them and spoiling them. William, Benjamin, Timothy and Julia Mongeau, Kathryn, Emily and Hannah Anastasi, Matthew and Nicholas Ford, and Sophie Glickman all benefited from the wit and wisdom of their Grampa.

Not only a great father and grandfather, but John was an entrepreneur, starting his own business, Intercontinental Airfreight. For his work, he not only traveled the world, but he made friends world-wide. The dinner table at the family home often hosted guests from Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and England. To our mother's credit, she never flinched when he said he was bringing home a guest from another country to dinner.

While he traveled extensively, he also focused a lot of time on his local community. He was the President of Melrose Kiwanis and an active participant in their largest fund raiser, Jail Day. John served on the Melrose Traffic Commission, giving back to a City that had given him so much. And, he was a member of a very loosely organized group of friends who gathered daily at local coffee shops to discuss everything from the Red Sox to politics. He was a wonderful storyteller and had a sense of humor that would leave a smile on the faces of all who met with him. John was an active and engaged person no matter where he was—from South Africa to South Boston, people knew and loved him.

John was the beloved husband of the late Ruth E. (Herlihy) Ford. Devoted father of Joan Ford Mongeau & her husband Peter, Teresa Ford Anastasi & her husband Peter, Stephen F. Ford, Thomas Ford all of Melrose, and Mary Ford Glickman & her husband Randy of Woodbury, CT. Beloved grandfather of William, Benjamin, Timothy & Julia Mongeau, Kathryn, Emily & Hannah Anastasi, Nicholas & Matthew Ford and Sophie Glickman. Also many nieces and nephews

. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, on Monday, March 11, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Funeral Procession from Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday morning March 12th at 8:45 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St., Melrose, at 10:00 AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial at Calvary Cemetery in Wilton, NH will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in John's name to Incarnation Church, 429 Upham St. Melrose, MA 02176.