John J. Gavin, 87, of East Falmouth, passed away on October 26, 2020 after a long illness. Born in Boston, John attended Boston Trade High School for Boys and Wentworth Institute of Technology for Airframe and Powerplant mechanics.
John served in the United States Airforce in the Korean War and then went on to receive a Letter of Commendation for his work as a squadron commander in the US Air Force Security Service.
Not one to shy away from hard work or a technical challenge, (especially when it came to learning new skills), John worked in a variety of positions and secured numerous certifications that drew upon his expertise, including a metallurgist at MIT, a Master Radio Electronics Officer in the Merchant Marines, a franchise owner for Laser Alignment – laser beam systems used in commercial construction, and a contractor holding a Massachusetts unrestricted builders license.
John made Cape Cod his permanent home in 1983. He enjoyed and respected the ocean, whether it was while sailing on oil tankers in the midst of hurricanes, deep sea fishing, or watching the hustle and bustle of boating activity in Woods Hole and Falmouth Harbor.
John was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who held a deep love for and commitment to his family. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him.
John was predeceased by his grandson, Trevor. He is survived by his wife, Alexandria, daughter, Pamela, son Derek and his wife Donna, son Courtney, nieces and nephews, and 5 grandchildren.
Services will be private. A celebration of life will take place in the spring of 2021. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish to honor John’s memory may contribute to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, 55 Kenosia Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810 (rarediseases.org).