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“To the whole Bushee family, I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful role model of a true family man. He was also a hard working fireman who...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Joanne Johansson - Fort Mill, SC

“Judy, your Dad sounded like an amazing man and left such a legacy❤ Sending thoughts and prayers to you and the whole family through this very...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Kim Monteiro - Wilmington, MA

“I just want to say .everyone can tell what kind of man john was by looking at his family alblum.there was no one better pictures say it all.love you...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Csmille Centorino - Melrose, MA

“I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and dad. He was good family man and enjoyed life to the fullest. I hope your memories will sustain and...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Sandra Hamilton - Melrose, MA

“We are so very sorry for your loss. John was a great man. May he have life everlasting. God bless all of you. Love. ... ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Michael O'Brien - Family Friend

“To the entire Bushee family,I am deeply sorry for your family's loss. I know there are no words to lessen your pain. May he be dancing and singing up...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Keirsten Alley - Melrose, MA

“So sorry to learn of John's passing. Hoping beautiful memories bring you comfort at this difficult time - you are a beautiful family - so special and...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: marie ryan - melrose, MA

“Judy & family, I am so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Sending thoughts, love and prayers to all of you during this very difficult time. &...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Christine Groark - LYNN, MA

“Bushee Family ... We are Sorry to hear of the Loss of Husband / Dad . We Feel So Blessed to have known him ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Rick and Kathy Finch - Kingston, NH

“Dear Joan and Family,Please accept my sincere condolences on the occasion of your Dad returning home to God. Our faith, however, gives us all the...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Mark Flint - Melrose, MA - Friend

“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 »
11 of 12 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague

“Karen so sorry of your dad's passing thoughts and prayers are with u and your family during this difficult time god bless ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Kathryn Kathy graham - MELROSE, MA


John Lincoln Bushee – Born May 18, 1934, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. He was a lifelong resident of Melrose and the youngest of 15 children, born to the late Charles and Emma Bushee. He had unconditional love for his wife Rita of 57 years, their 5 daughters, 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

John loved skating, skiing, music, dancing, singing, vacationing and spending quality time with his family. He loved all his grandchildren – he especially enjoyed watching games, playing cards, doing crossword puzzles or just being around everyone. He also loved watching the Bruins, Patriots and Red Sox.

John graduated from Melrose High School and later served in the Army during the Korean War. In 1999 John proudly retired from his role as the Captain of the Melrose Fire Department.

He was survived by his wife Rita (Sullivan) Bushee, his daughters – Karen Savage and her husband Robert, Joan Lambert and her husband James, Susan Shreenan and her husband Eddie, Jan DeFelice and her husband George and Judy Bushee. Also survived by his grandchildren Erin, John, Megan, Ryan, Michael, Scott, Katie, Molly, Thomas, Eric, Julie, Brian, Cole, Adam, Cody and Devlin. He was the loving brother of the late Wilfred, Ernest, Freeman, Raymond, Joseph, Thomas, Irma, Arthur, Robert, George, Frankie, Barbara, Louise and Eddie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield, at 10 AM, on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Interment to follow the Mass at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place. Memphis, TN 38105 or @ www.stjude.org