GLOUCESTER, MA — John H. Bevilacqua, Sr., 85, of Gloucester, passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, following a brief illness. He was the husband for over 60 years of Ruth E. (Oakes) Bevilacqua.
John was born at home in West Gloucester on April, 22, 1927, son of the late Antonio, originally of Pascara, Italy, and Lucretia (Gale) Bevilacqua, of Gloucester.
He attended Gloucester High School and then Boston Radio & TV School. He was a Veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Army. During his working career he first built and repaired pipe organs for Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company in Boston, and then owned and operated Essex Radio and Television Service in Essex, MA.
John was a 60-year member of the Manchester Lodge, AF&AM and was also a member of the Manchester Amaral Bailey Legion Post #113.
He was a founding member of the North Shore Old Car Club, and was also a member of the Maine Obsolete Auto League. As an old-car enthusiast, John enjoyed participating in many parades and other events with his unique antique automobiles.
In addition to his wife Ruth, he is survived by two sons, A. Arthur and his wife Linda Bevilacqua of Danvers, and John Jr. and his wife Deborah Bevilacqua of Gloucester; four grandchildren, Tony and wife Alicia Cornwell, of Jamaica Plain, Michael and wife Ilknur Bevilacqua of Peabody, Samantha Bevilacqua of Danvers, and Victoria and husband Paul Lang of Gloucester; also a great-grandson Ender Bevilacqua of Peabody. He was predeceased by his sister Lydia Roberts.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Donations may be made to the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, 488 Essex Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930, or to VNA Care Hospice, 5 Federal St., Danvers, MA 01923. Condolences may be sent to www.fsrobertsandson.com