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“Truly sorry to learn of John's passing. Know he is with his Heavenly Farther safe. Knowing John who always has a joke and his infectious smile is...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Donna Rasmussen - Hopkinton, MA

“Marianne and family, so sorry for your loss. We worked with John at Perkins School for the Blind. We enjoyed his sense of humor and noted his...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Normand & Margaret LeBlanc

“One of the best at Maynard High. He made life better for so many kids. Especially those that had no one to care for them. Truly a great man. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: John John - Maynard, MA - Student

“To Marianne, I send my deepest condolences to you, Amanda, Laura and the entire family at this time of sorrow and loss. I will forever cherish the...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Glynnette Scott - Hyde Park, MA

“We are so sad to hear of Johns passing. We will cherish our memories of funny chats with him on Baker Road. And we will miss those eye-rolling...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Bud & Linda Loring - Kingston, MA

“My deepest condolences to Marianne, Amanda, Laura and the rest of the Sforza family. I will always remember John as a person with a great sense of...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Theresa Rosen

“John and I worked together for 21 years and we never had a disagreement. He was a wonderful person to work with. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Alice Weaver - Maynard, MA

“So sad and sorry to hear about Johnny's passing. What a tremendous loss. Johnny was one of the good guys, so kind to my son and Johnny always made me...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Sarah Memory - Saunderstown, RI

“To Marianne, Amanda, Laura and the rest of John's family, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. our prayers are with you. John was a wonderful...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Al Kearney - Work

“Mr Sforza you were one of a kind, you were always there for anyone that needed help. You were a great mentor to me and I will always remember that...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Lisa Echevarria (Wenger) - MA

“I remember Mr. Sforza from high school. Particularly, his endless jokes and extensive tie collection. He made me laugh and always seemed like a happy...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Dawn Smith - New Braunfels, TX

“Thinking of you all during this sad time. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Cindy Khoury - Yarmouth, ME

“I had Mr. Sforza for many years as a teacher and always encouraged me with such great energy and a big smile. My thoughts are with his loved ones. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Jenn DeBarge Goonan - Milton, MA

“The only way to correctly honor Johnny is to make a nonstop series of bad jokes, bad jokes, but good enough that you just can't stop laughing at the...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Amy Manzelli - Pembroke, NH

“To to the Sforza family, I was saddened to hear of John's passing. Please know your are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. He...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Kevin P. Doherty

“Johnny was one of the most unique people you would ever meet. He was hilarious and had a million jokes off the top of his head and wasn't ashamed to...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Richard Ames - Family


John Sforza loved his work as a special education teacher. It wasn't work for him as it provided a wonderful sense of belonging, accomplishment and an ability to make the lives of his countless number of students better in both simple and great ways.

"To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - that is to have succeeded" wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson and it accurately summarizes John's rewarding career as a teacher.

John E. Sforza was born in Boston's North End, a son of the late Enrico and Edith (Bergonzi) Sforza and was raised in Somerville. He was a graduate of Somerville High School with the class of 1967. He then earned his Bachelor's degree from Boston State College and Master's degree from Boston College.

He died Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln after an illness. He was 72.

He married Marianne Hall on August 26, 1972 in Saint Luke's Church in Belmont and had been a resident of Waltham since 1978. Both he and Marianne were both educators and were fortunate to enjoy their summers and other great times at their home in West Yarmouth with their daughters, grandchildren, family and friends.

His teaching career began at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown where he worked over three years. And then for over thirty-two years he was a special education teacher at Maynard High School before retiring in 2009. Retirement afforded them time to travel extensively which they enjoyed. They travelled two times across the country with the destination being Portland, Oregon where their daughter and family live.

John loved all things orange and perhaps with no irony he died when the color is most vibrant here in New England. He was an avid New England sports enthusiast and member of the Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart Church and former member of the Medford Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, he leaves his daughters, Amanda R. Smutok (Michael) of Whitinsville and Laura T. Hunker (Philip) of Portland, Oregon; his grandchildren, Annabel and Lillian 'Lily' Smutok and Michael and Henry Hunker; his brother-in-law, James Hall (Debra) of San Diego, California; his nieces, Jamie Hassell Hall, Julie White and Sara Huddleston, all of California.

John was also the brother of the late Robert Sforza.

Family and friends will honor and remember John's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, October 28th from 4 to 7 p.m. and again Friday morning at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, 311 River Street, Waltham, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial is private.

Memorials in his name may be made to the American Kidney Fund, www.KidneyFund.org