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John Frederick Wadewitz

October 7, 1940 - December 16, 2022

Celebration of Life to be held Spring 2023

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John was my first boss. My mom Sandy worked for him at Brighams, and as a teenager I used to help out in the office with small tasks. Then one summer when I was in high school I covered full time for someone who was out on maternity leave. I learned so much from John, especially about how to be a good manager, which I am today. He was generous, kind, patient and fair. In the end he was more like an uncle to me, attending my wedding and always calling me my nickname of “# 1”. You could always depend on him to help you with anything, or for his sound advice. I was honored to be invited to his big retirement party at the family restaurant, and to be entrusted to bring his favorite ice cream, frozen pudding to the party. I even married an accountant, which he used to teasingly suggest to me constantly! He will be very missed, and always in our hearts. I would be honored to attend his Celebration in the Spring ❤️

Posted by Peytra Sealock Maxwell on January 5, 2023

I was so sorry to hear of John\'s passing. I worked for him at Brigham\'s when he ran the accounting dept. He treated us like a family, he knew my kids, even hired my daughter to work part time when she was in high school and college. She was my oldest so he called her #1, instead of by her name. My husband still calls her #1. He and Norma honored us by attending her wedding, even though we no longer worked for Brigham\'s. He was the best boss anyone could have and a good friend! He will be missed.

Posted by Sandra Sealock on January 3, 2023

My condolences to Norma and family in John’s passing. John played a significant part in my life as he was the man who hired me for my first position at Brigham’s which would eventually become a 16 year career. John was a great man to work for and a wonderful human being.

Posted by Shelley Sage on January 2, 2023

I was very saddened to hear of John's passing. He was a wonderful person and was great to work with. I worked with John at Brigham's for many many years. I actually started working there when I was just 16 in the office. He starting in the accounting department and then went to the Purchasing department. He always had a smile on his face and was so very easy going, never getting flustered or upset. I really enjoyed working with him and the keep smiling phrase. I remember his talking about his daughter Kirsten and how proud he was of her. He would send things in the mail to her whether it be a request for a catalog or some junk mail. He said she liked getting mail. He often spoke of his wife Norma and I remember spending time with her during Christmas parties or functions like a weddings for the people we worked with. John was one of a kind and will be truly missed. Everyone at Brigham's that I have been in contact with all have such wonderful memories of John. Please let me know when you are having the celebration of life because I know many of us would be honored to attend and celebrate the life of John. You can either email me at clenzcurran@hotmail.com or contact me at 978-430-7283 by phone or text. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Cheryl Lenz-Curran

Posted by Cheryl Lenz Curran on December 30, 2022

We will miss John's presence in our lives - kind and generous neighbor and friend. We'll miss those great conversations, remarkable sense of humor and genuine caring he shared with us over many years. John was a very special person, we were blessed to know him. Carol, Shannon, Siobhan and Sarah.

Posted by Dooling family on December 29, 2022

Dear Norma, Kirsten, Casey and family, We are so saddened by the passing of John. He was a perfect gentleman all the time. We will miss his presence in the neighborhood, taking his daily walks and sharing his smile and reminding us to keep smiling too. He is in Gods loving arms and is no longer in pain. You are in our prayers at this most difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in your memories of John and in each other’s love. With love and a sad heart, Jackie & Steve

Posted by Jackie &Steve Napolitano on December 28, 2022