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John A. Prisby

John A. Prisby, 95, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 peacefully at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester. 

Born in Ipswich on November 17, 1924, he was the son of the late Rudolph and Mary (Zagula) Prisby.  He received all his sacraments from the Sacred Heart Polish Church in Ipswich.

John is survived by his son Scott Prisby of Ipswich and many nieces and nephews.    Mr. Prisby was predeceased by three brothers Walter Prisby and Ignatius Prisby, both formerly of Ipswich and Frank Prisby formerly of Amesbury and by five sisters Kathryn Zabelski, Elizabeth Eliopoulos, Frances LeClair, all of Ipswich, Ann Strungis formerly of Jamaica Plain and Valeria Carosella, formerly of Roslindale. He was the former husband of the late Mary S (Soffron) Murphy of Ipswich. 

A veteran of World War II, John proudly served with the United States Navy from 1943 to February 1946.  He was a Seaman First Class aboard the Heavy Cruiser USS Canberra in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre including the Philippine Liberation.  Following his honorable discharge he returned to Ipswich and spent most of his working career at the United Shoe Machinery Co. in Beverly where he retired in 1986.

John was a lifelong member of the PLAV Post 92 and proudly marched in many Veterans and Memorial Day parades in Ipswich.  John also served years as President and on the Board of Directors at the Kosciusko Club and enjoyed spending time with many friends there.  He also was a member of the VFW Post #1093 and the St. Lawrence Literary Society.

John loved to work in his vegetable garden and was an enthusiastic fan of both the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

His funeral service will be 11 am Thursday, January 16 at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, Six High Street, Ipswich followed by interment with Military Honors in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich.  Visitation will be held Thursday prior to the service from 9 to 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Johnís name to a charity of one's choice.


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