Manchester-by-the-Sea — Cape Ann lost one of its finest kind when retired fisherman John M. Aiello, 54, unexpectedly passed away following an extended illness on Saturday, October 19, 2013. He was the devoted husband of 30 years to Mary Jane (Kilman), and loving father to children John and Jenna. John lived his entire life in Gloucester until moving with his family to Manchester-by-the-Sea a few months ago.
Born in Gloucester on May 27, 1959, he was the son of the late Thomas and Emily (Pike) Aiello. Having grown up in the Fort section of town, John had a lifelong love for St. Peter’s Fiesta. He spent many of his younger years walking the Greasy Pole or rowing in the seine boat races. He also sculled for several crews as well. Most recently, you could see John walking with the oar carriers in Sunday’s religious procession, something he had done himself as a young boy back in the early 1970’s. John made many friends from those days, friendships that lasted throughout his lifetime. Just being able to hang with his gang at cookouts, the beach, or wherever gave him much pleasure.
Among the many jobs John held were a postal carrier in Topsfield, bridge tender at the Blynman Bridge, and lobsterman aboard the Jack Mac out of Manchester harbor. However, he was most proud to be known as a Gloucester fisherman, continuing a long, established tradition on both sides of his family. John fished for over 25 years on many boats, including the Linda B., Janice M., and Hunter, but his happiest days at sea were spent fishing under Captain Russell Sherman, whom he greatly respected, on his boats the Captain Dutch and later the Lady Jane. John’s last job was aboard the Lady Jane, fishing until his illness forced him to retire.