John P. Iandoli

  • Born: August 11, 1925
  • Died: September 18, 2019
  • Location: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Joyce Funeral Home

245 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02453

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to John by adding your memories and photos.

In a recent article published in the Telegram about 'The Greatest Generation' John Iandoli didn't mince his words. In fact he was very candid and not necessarily politically correct as he called it like it was in his words. His details were brutally honest about combat and war, life and death. The article talked about his entry as a Marine during World War II where he received the Bronze Star during the Okinawa invasion. He was one of five Iandoli brothers who served in various branches during World War II. And with the grace of God they all returned respectively to their native Worcester safely to join their parents and additional two brothers to manage the very successful Iandoli Supermarkets established by their father in 1921. John readily admitted his mother was a vital part of the operations and to which much of the success was attributed. The company would later grow with Honey Farm Convenience Stores and various liquor stores throughout Central Massachusetts. John also noted that unlike a lot of family businesses where division surfaces and can be the demise of a family fortune...John and his six brothers were successful in remaining co-workers and brothers while the company was in existence. He served as the company's President until its sale in 1985. 

John was born August 11, 1925 in Worcester a son of the late Albert and Mary (Keevan) Iandoli. He was a graduate of Commerce High School with the class of 1943. He married Grafton Hill native Janet E. Todd in Saint Stephen's Church on September 1, 1952. They moved to Shrewsbury in 1952 to raise their what would be very large family. Janet died August 6, 2011 at age 81 and John joined her on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 when he died at his daughter Nancy's home in Bourne. He was 94.

Shrewsbury was a community where John remained involved and in most recent years would hold court with his many buddies at the Senior Center. He was a daily communicant of Saint Mary's Church at the 8:30 Mass where he'd faithfully occupy the first (last) bench on the left. He was a longtime member of Adelphi Council #4181 Knights of Columbus and enjoyed playing in its bocce league. For years, North Falmouth was the zip code he and his family would retreat to be closer to the ocean and all the wonderful benefits of coastal living. He was a member of Megansett Yacht Club and the USMC Marine Corps League on Lake Avenue in Worcester.  

In addition to his wife, Janet he is predeceased by their infant son, James; his six brothers Louis, Albert, Vincent, James, Charles and Wilfred Iandoli.  

He leaves his children, John P. Iandoli Jr., of Shrewsbury, Marianne Bardsley (late Bruce) of Bourne, Elizabeth Raab (late Michael) of Falmouth, James T. Iandoli of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Kathleen Stake (Edward) of Shrewsbury, Nancy Iandoli (Joseph Paika) of Bourne, Carol Sutton (Gerard) of Worcester, twins Suzanne Iandoli (Brian O'Connor) of Pocasset, Sandra Coolidge (Mark) of Holden, Michael J. Iandoli of North Falmouth and David J. Iandoli (Anne Marie) of Cataumet, Daniel J. Iandoli (Elizabeth) of Cohasset; his sister-in-law Gloria A. Todd of Worcester; 19 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; many niece and nephews. 

Family and friends will honor and remember John's life by gathering for calling hours in The Eastern Shore Club (formerly Knights of Columbus), 206 South Quinsigamond Avenue, Shrewsbury on Sunday, September 22nd from 4 to 7 p.m. His funeral will begin from his residence, 11 Hutchins Street, at 9 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.  

Memorials in his name to may be made to Veterans Inc., 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605.

Assisting the family are James & John Heald of The Joyce Funeral Home.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

My sympathies to John's family. He was an amazing person and influenced many people and their careers, including my own. I have always thought of John and the many memories that I have of him and his family.

Sincerely,

Fred Horan
Former Employee

Posted by Fred Horan - Bluffton, SC - Coworker   October 05, 2019

Mr.I was always so kind to me , my thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family ,we have such great memories of all the Iandoli's and they are a very strong part of my own foundations of my own family aswell .
I have many nicknames from Mr. I !
My favorite is "Gold Car "
We will miss him dearly .
Peace and love
Teresa G.

Posted by Teresa Ganias - Worcester, MA - Friend   October 04, 2019

My mom brother n I worked at the Westborough Store. Mom was in the meat room for years...I worked in the stores bakery under John Scano all thru my high school years. So nice to see Mr. Iandoli lived long life! He always treated the people who worked at the store with respect.

Posted by Jean Newton - Westborough, MA - Acquaintance   September 24, 2019

My condolences to all the Iandoli children and grandchildren. John was my mentor and once complimented me as "his clone".
20 years at Iandoli markets and working with the brothers was an experience of a lifetime.
So sorry for his passing.

Posted by Michael Pichierri - Un City Center, FL   September 24, 2019

I was just reading the interview on Mr. I
Yes he spoke the truth.
Mr I knew no other way of doing it.
I will miss You Mr I..
I'm so Sorry, this is a Huge Loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with The Iandoli family.dc7uh

Posted by Jane Hines - Delray Beach, FL - Friend   September 23, 2019

So sorry to hear of Mr. Iandoli's passing! He was an amazing and great man and I will always remember him for his kindness!

Posted by Terry Gilchrist - Shrewsbury, MA   September 23, 2019

So sorry John.

Posted by Craig Kobel - Holden, MA - Friend   September 22, 2019

So sorry to hear of John's passing.
I have known many of the family members for many years now. May he Rest in Peace
Clay Parker

Posted by Clay parker - Jefferson, MA   September 22, 2019

Johnny so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. May sweet memories somehow ease the pain. Condolences to your family. Deepest sympathy. Joey D

Posted by Joey D'Angelo - Worcester, MA - Friend   September 22, 2019

To all the members of the Iandoli family,
I just learned the sad news that John Sr has passed away. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. As a teenager when I ran/worked at the snack bar at the MYC he would meet with me and we'd order the food. He was always so nice to me. I know he will be missed greatly. Please know my thoughts are with you all. Now he is resting in peace with your mom. XOXO

Posted by Mariann Harrington Mahoney - Mansfield, MA - Family Friend   September 22, 2019

To the Iandoli Family,
I send my sincere and heartfelt condolences. I was so sad to hear of your Dad's passing.
May your many wonderful memories of him comfort you at this difficult time.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Muffin Harrington Ylitalo

Posted by Muffin Harrington Ylitalo - Annapolis, MD - Family Friend   September 22, 2019

Our condolences go out to John's siblings, children, grand & great grand children on his passing. So sad to see another of our greatest generation passing on, so many leaving us daily, my Dad would have been 96, this past Friday, pretty soon all, from the ole Grafton Hill neighborhood will be gone, but definitely not forgotten.

So Please RIP John Iandoli, your journey is done.
and May God Bless his large family left behind.


Paul Tivnan
Rutland, MA
from Joe Tivnan' s family

Posted by A friend   September 22, 2019

My condolences to Marianne, Liz, Kathy, Nancy and the rest of the Iandoli siblings. So sad to hear of your loss. Wishing you all peace and comfort in the memories you have of your dad.

David Ward

Posted by A friend   September 22, 2019

To all the Iandoli children, I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is heavy with sadness. Your family has been my neighbor for 55 years. You have been my second family. Your Dad was very special to me. I will miss him very much. What gives me comfort,and I am sure it does for you too, is knowing he is at peace now and with your Mom where he longed to be. Sending my love and deepest sympathy.

Posted by Mary Sheehan - Shrewsbury, MA - Friend   September 22, 2019

My sincere condolences to Maryanne and all the Iandoli family. A great tribute to Mr Iandoli reading his obituary, a great man.

Posted by Marie Brissette - Auburn, MA - Family Friend   September 21, 2019

Dear Iandoli Family My deep & heartfelt sympathy to you on the passing of your dad He certainly gave his heart & soul to his family & community The obituary says it all -Last of the greatest generation-He will be Missed May John RIP

Posted by Judy Polito - Shrewsbury, MA   September 21, 2019

God bless and take care of a great human being . (Mr I)

Posted by William Reilly - Fairhaven, MA - Family Friend   September 21, 2019

John, very sorry to hear about the loss of your father, thoughts and prayers for you and your family. God bless Mr. Iandoli.

Posted by Gaetano Monopoli - Northborough, MA   September 20, 2019

My condolences to the Iandoli Family. John was such a special man that I shall never forget, tough but fair hard working and honest.

Posted by John Hoye - Thompson, CT   September 20, 2019

To all of the Iandolis...So sad to see this obituary. Kind of the end of an era. On behalf of the Kanes, particularly Timmy RIP, also David, Ken and Pegge, RIP I send our
sincere sympathy. We have many wonderful memories of you all as neighbors in Megansett and thought so highly of your father. How wonderful that he had such a great family and a happy life. Take care all.

Kathy Kane Norton

Posted by A friend   September 20, 2019

Nancy
Im so sorry to hear of the passing of your father.
Ann Marie Incutto

Posted by Ann Marie Incutto - Worcester, MA   September 20, 2019

John & Family
Thoughts and prayers to your and your family.
Gail

Posted by Gail Phillips Phillips - Worcester, MA - Friend   September 20, 2019

Remembering with fond memories working at Iandolis and bowling with John. Rip. Paul Diciccol

Posted by Paul T. Dicicco - Millbury, MA   September 20, 2019

Please accept our heart felt sympathy on the loss of your beloved Fathet

Posted by Ed & Barbara Carchidi - West Bridgewater, MA - Friend   September 20, 2019

Candle

My deepest sympathy to the Iandoli family.

Posted by Joan Perry - Worcester, MA   September 20, 2019

John was my mentor, in the Food Industry, for 25 years, while working for Iandoli Super Markets. John taught me most of what I knew of the industry and any success I had in my 50 years in this industry I owe to John. John was a real "taskmaster" firm but always very fair and supportive. I attended may functions with John and the rest of the Iandoli crew. Being the youngest, at that time, he always threw me the car keys. I recall a couple of fishing trips that were adventurous and a lot of fun, need I say more !
I know John will be missed by all that came in contact with him, especially his family.

John was a GREAT guy and always a Marine.

"SEMPER FI" Rest in peace
John Biscotti

Posted by John Biscotti    September 20, 2019

Doley and family
Sorry for your loss
What a wonderful man
May he Rest In Peace and his memory be eternal

Posted by Carol and Jason Hamilton    September 19, 2019

Mr Iandoli and his brothers were very kind gentlemen. In 1974-75, they gave jobs to"graduating students" from the Mercy Center School. The school's special needs students who were able to work got a job. My brother Bill Zona was one of those students. Bill started at Iandoli's Mkt, then Food Village, then the Iandoli family sold to Shaws Markets. Bill is still there after 44 years, transferring from Gold Star Blvd. store to the Shrewsbury Shaws when he and his parents moved to Shrewsbury in 1990. I always thing of the Iandoli family and thank them for their kindness at that time. Thank you to John Iandoli for giving Bill a purpose. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Donna Zona Towner - Shrewsbury, MA   September 19, 2019

John, May you rest in peace. He was a wonderful man and a pleasure to work for.

Posted by Ann Earnest - Worcester, MA - Coworker   September 19, 2019

I have so many wonderful memories of John during time spent at The Flying Bridge in Falmouth and on his boat the "Mrs. I" with son Jim as Captain in the 80's and 90's. A true soft spoken and generous gentleman. He was one of a kind. Rest in Peace, John, and condolences and blessings to the family.

Posted by Jocelyn Talbot Talbot - FALMOUTH, MA - Family Friend   September 19, 2019


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