John S. Corcoran

John S. Corcoran

April 25th, 1942 October 11th, 2020

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Obituary for John S. Corcoran

Services and burial will take place in Scranton PA.

A Private Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 14th from 3-4PM at our Funeral Home in Arlington.
All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, pay their respects and exit the funeral home promptly to allow other guests to enter. A limited number of guests will be allowed in the building at one time.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Keefe Funeral Home - Arlington
    5 Chestnut St.
    Arlington, MA
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    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
    3:00pm - 4:00pm
    All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, pay their respects and exit the funeral home promptly to allow other guests to enter. A limited number of guests will be allowed in the building at one time.
  • Interment

    Cathedral Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
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Justin Klekota, Somerville Ward 7 has honored the life of John S. Corcoran by planting a memorial tree.
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Ivan Neri

Sending love and warmth, from a member of the Davis Square community. He will always be our "Grandpa John."

Ivan Neri planted 5 memorial trees for John S. Corcoran

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Comment | Posted at 06:39pm via Premium Tree

Christine Barber

I am so saddened to hear of John's passing. As his State Representative, I got to know John as a Democratic activist and fixture of our neighborhood. He always had a kind and supportive word for me and for others in the community. I will miss seeing him among the young people at our local coffee shop, and his gentle yet strong passion for the community. My thoughts are with John's loved ones and all who he made an impact on.
Comment | Posted at 10:59am via Condolence


john was a father to so many of us. this man we adored had an immaculate memory for names and dates. he knew everyones birthday. even if he only met them once, no one was ever forgotten. if they were someone you cared about, john cared about them too. he made the effort to ask about them. to ask about you. john really would listen without judgement. he singlehandedly kept gertrude hawk in business with his chocolate deliveries for what he thought were special occasions. some you may have forgotten yourself. the dictionary definition of selfless is john corcoran. he came with great advice and not as great jokes. but that laugh! there is nothing better. john was there for you and would never miss a thing. he became part of my routine. so much that there were days that i took it for granted. but if you were busy, he understood. john was a customer of mine a decade+ ago who became a dear friend. he was part of my family and i know there are countless others that feel the same. he was at my wedding and my sons birthday parties. he loved arthur, like he was his own grandchild. john donated to his college fund every year since his birth. education was important to him. i knew this pandemic was going to be rough on john. he liked to get out and check in on everyone and that was no longer possible. his birthday is two days before mine. i brought him spaghetti dinner and a dessert with a candle and told him to call before he blew it out. we arranged a facetime group with current and former magpie and diesel employees for well wishes. unfortunately, the call went very wrong - his phone could only receive one video and it was mine. but he was able to hear all of our voices singing to him. he was so loved. we named him the mayor of davis square. he will be missed every single day. they say there are angels on earth and he was that for all of us. now he has become a real one.
Comment | Posted at 12:09pm via Condolence

Diane Masters

I knew John from the Democratic City Committee and my neighborhood. He always stopped to chat, or offer some encouragement. I brought the most delicious cookies to our annual New Year's Celebrations and even if he couldn't come, his cookies arrived. I will miss his warmth and kindness.
Comment | Posted at 10:10pm via Condolence

Fred Berman

I had the pleasure of knowing John as a fellow playreader and as a Democratic Party activist. He was a consistently kind, thoughtful, observant, and validating person, always communicating his genuine interest in and appreciation of me and the other people he was with. I will keep him in my heart and my memory.
Comment | Posted at 12:16pm via Condolence

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