John Patrick Prior, age 93, of Walpole passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 07, 2020. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 18, 1926, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Heslin) Prior. He was raised in Roslindale and graduated from Mechanical Arts High School with the Class of 1944. Following his graduation, John enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving his country during World War II. He was stationed in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations, serving with the 36th Special U.S. Naval Construction Battalion in Okinawa. John was honorably discharged in June of 1946, after earning the rank of Seaman First Class. Upon his return home to Boston, John began his career as a lineman with the Boston Edison Company.
John married his beloved wife, Eileen T. Boggan, on May 24, 1952, in Most Precious Blood Church, Hyde Park. The young couple made their home together in Hyde Park before settling in Walpole, Massachusetts in 1957, where they raised their family. John continued his career with Boston Edison, retiring in 1988, after 42 years of dedicated service.
John was a longtime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) in Norwood and enjoyed attending functions at the lodge. He was also an avid golfer, who enjoyed any opportunity to play a round with friends. As a world traveler, John especially looked forward to trips to his parent's home of Co. Leitrim, Ireland, where he could catch up with his family members. Most of all, he loved being home, where he could be surrounded by his family.
Beloved husband of the late Eileen T. (Boggan) Prior.
Loving father of Lt. Col. John P. Prior Jr. USAF, Ret. and his wife, Lori, of Montgomery, Alabama, Janet M. Prior of West Hyannisport, William J. Prior and his wife, Prachit, of McLean, Virginia, and Lorraine A. Prior of Woburn.
Cherished grandfather of Patrick Prior, William Prior, and John "Jack" Prior.
Brother of Mary C. Prior of West Roxbury, Sr. Eileen Prior, CSJ of Milton, the late Sr. Theresa Prior, SSND, the late William Prior, and the late Francis Prior.
As a result of the ongoing and ever-developing health crisis in the world and with genuine concern for the people whom they love, John's funeral services will be private. Interment will take place in Saint Francis Cemetery in Walpole. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Sisters of Saint Joseph, c/o Mission Advancement, 637 Cambridge St., Brighton, MA 02135 or School Sisters of Notre Dame, Atlantic-Midwest Province, c/o Development Office, 345 Belden Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Arrangements by James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, Walpole.