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“I have known John and his family as long as I can remember. They were longtime family friends. I still have things in my house that his brother Jimmy...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Eric Olofson - Waltham, MA

“I am his niece Susannah and I never knew him until he was sick. We visited him as much as possible. He was so kind to me and loved me and everyone...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Susannah Simpson - Fitchburg, MA

“Dear Anne:Peg and I send our deepest sympathy on John's passing. May he rest vin eternal peace.Peg and Perry Sylvester ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: perry sylvester - brockton, MA

john love this car,going for a long ride with me
4 of 14 | Posted by: john leate

“Ann, so sorry for your loss. John was a good guy. I wish you well. Joe Kelleher ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Rest in peace John.. A great neighbor who never met a stranger. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Wendy Mosher - Watertown, MA

“Sending our thoughts, prayers and love to all of you. Ruth & Skip Kendrew ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Ruth Kendrew - Peabody, MA

“John was a sweet and great guy who will be missed by all who knew him.Our sympathy to Annie and Peggy and all his family and friends. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Sandra Hatch - Hudson, MA

“So sorry to hear the loss of John John Boy as I called him. The nicest and sweetest guy you could ever know. Always made coming to work worth while....Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Lisa Huffman - Norton, MA

“Ann, Jim & family,So very sorry for your loss, John was such a great guy & friend. I enjoyed listening to his car & motorcycle stories, & our mutual...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Joseph Lelli - Port St Lucie, FL

“Aunt Tee Dee, Uncle Johnny and extended family, So very sorry about the passing of your brother John. I will always remember his beautiful, friendly...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Paula Hachey - Waltham, MA

“Anne,So very sorry for your loss. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Bill Sullivan - Foxboro, MA

“A neighborhood fixture, John is and will be missed. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Brian Menton - Watertown, MA

“father john n leate newfoundland,canada mother alice gilmore boston,ma ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

Mr. John G. Leate, of Watertown died Sunday, April 7, 2019 in Eliot Healthcare Center in Natick. He was 75.

John was born September 1, 1943 in Boston a son of the late Noah J. and Alice M. (Gilmore) Leate. Raised in Waltham he was a graduate of Waltham High School with the class of 1962. A proud United States Navy veteran he served during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Saratoga.

He married Newton native Anne M. Biggieri on September 2, 1966 and they have made Watertown their home for over 47 years.

John worked in engineering as a lead painter at Newton-Wellesley Hospital for over 35 years before retiring in 2009.

His interests included travel, automobiles including the Corvettes and Porsche's that he had owned over the years as well as motorcycles. John also enjoyed photography and taking pictures.

John is predeceased by his siblings Lillian, Alice, Mabel, William, Harold and Charles and brother-in-law, Thomas Biggieri.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, Anne, he leaves his siblings, James Leate of Woburn, Margaret Simpson (Richard) of Sarasota, FL, Gladys Leone (John) of Waltham and sisters-in-law Joan Hallett (Crosby) of Franklin, Susan Biggieri of Watertown and Elaine Biggieri (late Richard) of Foxborough; sixteen nieces & nephews and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

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 Wednesday, April 10th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning when his funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Watertown.

Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans D.A.V. Chapter #45, 18 Prospect Hill Rd., Veterans Bldg., Waltham, MA 02451

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