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John J. Thing

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John last Stayed in cabin 10 “We were lucky to have had John stay with us on many occasions in NH. Though he was on vacation he was always asking to help with anything repair we...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Cindy, Kim and Rick Caston - NH

“We are so sorry for your loss. John was quick to lend a hand to help his neighbors in Malden, plowing sidewalks so kids could get to school, or...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Marianne Flynn - Medford, MA

“John, Big Bad John, you were truly one of a kind and will always be in my thoughts and prayers. I frequently use your " its a blessing and a curse"...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: james Donahue - Malden, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with John's family as well as his co-workers and residents at the Congregational Retirement Homes. He will be sorely...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Ann Ahlin - Melrose, MA

“Fly Free My Friend - From your Hometown of Malden to Burnt Meadows Mountain in Brownfield Maine and wherever else you Desire........You were a Good...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Kevin Collins - Dedham, MA

“So sorry for your loss and sorry I couldn't make it my thoughts and prayers are with you love Kathy D ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Kathleen Geotis Denatale - Lynn, MA

“John, I first met you as a 12 year old. You stuck out with your kind smile, sweet personality, and most of all, your wackiness. You always cracked me...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Pamela Sheridan - Saco, ME

“John always had a smile on his face. You only had to ask once for help. He was always there for me. I will miss him.Chris, I am sorry for your loss. ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Wagner - Melrose, MA

“Christine, so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Kathy ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Kathleen Muzarol - Melrose, MA

“Dear John,I will miss your zest for life. For the years I worked at CRH, I can honestly say I enjoyed "most" of your silly antics with co-worker's...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Means - Hanover, MA

“Uncle George and everybody, I am so sorry and will always have great memories of John and his kindness and his fun loving spirit. Y'all are in my...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Julie Medders - Waycross, GA

“Wishing you peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Ashley Weaver - Boston, MA

“John rest easy..sorry for this loss.condolences prayers. family. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: John Tomaszewski - Malden, MA

“Dearest Friends, We are there with you today, in heart, in spirit, with abundant love. We hope that the pain of your loss is deminished by those...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Chris and Bob Mills - NH - Friend

“Good man and hard worker ,always ready to help out.May you rest in peace,now that you are in no more and a better place. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Claude (Rennie ) Miller - Reading, MA

“There are not enough words to describe what a wonderful person John was!I felt that he was almost like one of my own sons to me, and, I always called...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Annette Snyderman - Melrose, 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 »
17 of 17 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


John J. Thing, of Melrose, formerly of 21 Wyoming/Oak Grove, Malden, died at home after a lengthy illness on Jan. 14, 2018 at the age of 54. John was born & raised in Malden and a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1982. He went on to become a Licensed Master Electrician and worked for Scott Baker Electrical in Melrose for 13 years and also as a Property Manager for Peabody Properties in Melrose for 9 years. John resided in Malden until the age of 42 and the past 11 years in Melrose. He always very kind to everyone, had a heart of gold and enjoyed C. B. radios, computers and photography. John was "Mr. Fix It" and loved fishing, being the caretaker of the "Thing Halloween house" in Malden, being a color guard dad and spending time in Brownfield, ME and North Conway, NH. John was the loving father of Danielle Thing of Salem, NH & Samantha Thing of Lawrence. Cherished grandfather of Johnathan, Alyssa and Julianna. Best friend & soulmate of Christine M. Winer and her son Robert of Melrose. Beloved son of George C. & the late Beverly (Shivvers) Thing of Brownfield, ME. Caring brother of George C. Thing, Jr., & his wife Eileen of Exeter, NH, Kathleen A. Lewis & her husband Pat of Brownfield, ME, William P. Thing & his wife Zobeida of Wilmington and Daniel F. Thing & his wife Bonnie Kelly of Melrose. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Thursday, Jan. 18th from 4-8PM. Funeral services & burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John's name to Dana Farber cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Flr., Brookline, MA 02445.