John Arthur Vose, 91, of Falmouth, Massachusetts, passed peacefully at Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin, New Hampshire on May 14, 2019. Born December 6, 1927 in Brockton Massachusetts to Greek immigrant parents Athanasios and Anastasia Vose (Bordousis, Gr.), John was the youngest of 10 siblings and is survived by his brother, James Vose of Cranston Rhode Island, and his sister-in-law, Cal Vose of Falmouth. He was also the brother of the late Louis Vose, Helen Bosen, and Christy Vose of Falmouth, George Vose and Jane Skouras of Brockton, Mary Waitkus of Hyannis, Sarah Pappas of Florida, and Phyllis Duval of New York. He also leaves behind many adoring nieces and nephews.
At the age of 17, John enlisted in the Navy to fight in WW-II. After the war, he went to work on a horse farm in Florida, breaking in wild horses, and thereafter married the late Charlotte Mercier of Brockton, but on their honeymoon, John was struck by a drunk driver while changing a tire on the New York Thruway and spent weeks in a coma with severe head injuries. He recovered after a significant struggle to live a long and productive life, living most of it in Falmouth Heights, Massachusetts, employed as a chef at the nearby Franciscan Brothers Retreat.
John enjoyed fishing on Cape Cod and spent many weekends peddling seashore knick-knacks to tourists. Crafted from driftwood, shells, and sea glass, he displayed them from a cart near the beach under the name, “Captain John.” During baseball season, he supported the Cape Cod League by housing up to a half dozen ballplayers every summer, as well. He was also an avid stamp and coin collector, gardener, and a Red Sox fan. Late in life, he gained notoriety as a dancer and music lover in each of the senior homes he resided in. He was blessed with a great sense of humor, as well. He will be much missed.
John will be celebrated in a short graveside service and interred at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts, on Friday, May 17th at 2:30 PM. Friends and family are welcome to attend. May His Memory Be Eternal.