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“I am so very sorry to hear of John's passing! He and I have been friends for over 50 years. We enjoyed each others company at various times. He was a...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Barry Wilkinson - West Branch, MI

Smiling as always
2 of 15 | Posted by: Stuart Geller

“Good bye John. Sorry I was not able to come bid you farewell. I always enjoyed working with John, He always had a smile on his face and he used to...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: ELAINE PARKER - READING, MA

“I have wonderful memories of Jackie when we were young cousins playing together at our grandparents' house on Oak Street in Charlestown. We loved the...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Ellen Drew Speranzo - Scottsdale, AZ

“I grew up living next door to Jackie and his parents, Helen & Gerald, on Conant Rd, Melrose. Although we havent seen each other in many years, he...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Susan Wentzell-Garrant - Atkinson, NH

John and Cheryl at SCL “I am truly saddened to learn of John's passing. We worked together for several years at SCL and what I remember most about John was his great sense...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Cheryl Revasz - NH - Friend

“We're so thankful we had the chance to know and laugh with John. He always kept an eye out for our girl and brought her gifts from his travels--a red...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Jean and Dave - Wakefield, MA

“Worked with John many years ago at Back Bay jewelery company and one of the best parts of my day was hearing John's laugh as we wxchanged...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Jean Myette-Tracy - Winchester, MA

“We will remember Jackie, and his beloved parents Helen and Gerald, as life-long neighbors who were like family to us. Our deepest sympathy to Jackie...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: The Tura Family - Melrose, MA

“May family and friends come together to cope and love one another at this difficult time. Special and heartfelt wishes for peace to his beloved niece...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Mashpee Police Dispatchers - MA

“So sorry to hear of John's passing. Shared many wonderful laughs withJohn at Mahoney's and Angelo's in Stoneham. Always an upbeat andpleasant man. ...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: JAMES W WIDOR - Medford, MA

“We will miss you our dear friend. Love always, Steve and Fernando. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Steven Vacca - Somerville, MA

“Uncle Jack, our times together are in my heart forever and I will miss your laugh and your loving hugs!! Please hug my Mom tight when you see her, I...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Teri Lambert - East Falmouth, MA

“John always made you smile. He was so much fun, great stories, & hosted the best parties at his beautiful home. I'm so happy he was able to travel...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Jan MacIsaac - Groveland, 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 »
15 of 15 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


John F. Hanafin, of Wakefield, formerly of Melrose & Winchester, died at his home on April 5, 2017 at the age of 72. John was born & raised in Charlestown and a graduate of Melrose High School. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He resided in Melrose for many years, Winchester for several years and the past 14 years in Wakefield. John worked as a Jeweler for Descenza & Long Jeweler's and was also the owner of Henry's on the Plaza in Boston for many years. John had a great sense of humor, was always kind to everyone and was a collector & appraiser of antique's, artifacts and post cards. He was an aficionado of Russian Royalty and had a vast knowledge of gem stones. John knew sign language, loved animals and traveled all around the world multiple times. John was the loving son of the late Gerald & Helen (Drew) Hanafin. Survived by partner, nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 2-5PM, followed by a prayer service in the funeral home at 5PM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Home for the Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.