Merrimac, MA — John G. Buzzell Sr., age 73, longtime Merrimac resident, died peacefully at his home Wednesday morning, October 2, 2013, with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Julie (DiBartolomeo) Buzzell, who died September 12, 2012.
Born in Haverhill, April 2, 1940, he was one of two children of the late Adelbert “Bert” and Elizabeth (Charbonneau) Buzzell. John was a recipient of the good sportsmanship award and co-captain of the Amesbury High School football team, graduating from Amesbury High with the Class of ‘58.
While serving six years with the United States Air Force Reserves, John was part of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Soon after, John started his own construction business, Buzzell Inc. of Merrimac. With hard work, dedication to perfection, and endless hours, he grew his business and with it a long list of satisfied customers, many of whom became good friends as well. When not working on the job, John was either working on his own home or helping family and friends with their projects. Although he always enjoyed family gatherings and the company of good friends, he didn’t sit back and relax too long, there was always something that needed to be done.
John is survived by his sons, Robert Buzzell, and his two children, Jacob and Jesse; and John Buzzell Jr., and his two children, Zachary and Joshua; his sister, Judythe Eaton; step-children, Robert DeCelle and wife, Alisa; William DeCelle and wife, Susan; and Julie DeCelle, along with numerous grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and dear friends. He will be missed by them all.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours at Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 36 West Main Street, Merrimac, will be Monday, October 7, 2013, from 4 to 8 P.M. A graveside service for family and friends will be held Tuesday at 10 A.M. at Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843.