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470 Massachusetts Avenue
PO Box 882
Acton, MA 01720
Phone: 978-263-5333
Fax: 978-263-8193
John William Lowe

John William Lowe

Monday, April 29th, 2019
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John William Lowe

John was born in Billerica, MA on September 22, 1937, he always loved the proximity of this day to the autumn equinox, when the length of day and night are exactly equal. He graduated Maynard High School in 1955, as a founding member of the vaunted Trolls (and the rest of you know who you are!). Excelling in Math all his life, he was accepted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but instead chose to enlist in the US Air Force, serving as an electronics technician primarily in Vermont during the Korean War era. From there he pursued an Engineering degree at (then) Lowell Tech and went on to lead the design of microwave and millimeter radars for such companies as NEICO and MA/COM in Burlington, MA. Many of his colleagues during his career remained life-long friends, and he has offered many a story from this time of his life that he loved so much.

John retired in 2000 at a nice young age, shortly after acquiring “Synergy”, a Cape Dory 330 sailing sloop. We’ve not encountered a sailor that has gleaned more enjoyment from his boat, and he got nearly 20 years of adventure sailing the waters of the southern Massachusetts coast, the ENTIRE coast of Maine, and then increasingly the waters of Synergy’s home port in Biddeford Pool, Maine – a place that has been the spiritual home of this family for seven decades. Synergy will remain on her mooring this summer, with still the best view of Wood Island Light and surrounding areas.

John also became an active member of the US Power Squadron, having originally joined back in 1983. He enjoyed many exciting sailing adventures within this community before owning his own boat, none more so than the harrowing voyage to Nova Scotia complete with a fiery rescue at sea (he, of course, did the rescuing!). He enjoyed teaching very much, and in particular his most treasured topic of celestial navigation. John served in many positions up to and including Commander of the local Minute Man squadron.

John met Betty Tompkins of Maynard in 1961 and after a spirited two-year courtship they were married in 1963. They welcomed their first child, Shelby, in 1966, followed by Steven in 1969 and Samantha in 1973. They bought their first (and last) home in 1969 in the neighborhood of Indian Village in Acton, MA, where they enjoyed numerous lifelong friends. In addition to sailing and “anything Maine”, John and Betty enjoyed traveling to other beautiful coastlines in places such as Bermuda, Maui, California, North Carolina, and Key West.

John enjoyed extremely close relationships with each of his children throughout their lives, teaching them everything from card playing to clam digging to home management, and sailing of course. They are each now successful, independent adults, and they owe so much of their strength to their father. In return, they provided him six beautiful grandchildren, John William (18), Isabelle (16), Sydney (14), Nathaniel (9), and the wonderful twins Liliana and Allycia (4). John was the best Grampy these children could imagine, and he loved nothing more than playing with their toys, explaining “how things work” by showing them his toys, and of course, keeping on the family traditions of lobsters, cards, and knot skills.

John will always be remembered for his sharp wit, big smile, and many, many people’s “go-to-guy” for a solution to any problem large or small. He loved to engage on challenging problems and would often be found in his spare time designing sundials, customizing magnetic levitation train sets, or designing custom nomographs to quick-index someone’s math problem. As such, he most certainly will leave a void in all the lives he touched, but we also know he would want us all to carry on his traditions in his memory rather than dwell on his passing.




Death Notice


ACTON; John William Lowe, 81, of Acton, passed away Mon. April 29, 2019 at the Emerson Hospital in Concord. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (Tompkins) Lowe; his loving children, Shelby Simes, husband Jeff and their children John William and Isabelle; Steven Lowe, wife Karen and their children Sydney and Nathaniel; and Samantha Lowe and her daughters Liliana and Allycia Lowe; a sister Kathy and brother Charlie.

The family is hosting a Celebration of Life at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA on Sunday May 5th from 11 to 3, open house. Sailors can navigate to 42.606N, 71.564W. All others please find your way to 61 Lowell Rd, Groton, MA 01450 and/or seek more information at gibbethillgrill.com.

If you have any photos or memorabilia you would like to display please feel free to bring them along, or you can email them in advance to simeshouse@gmail.com

In lieu of sending flowers or planting trees, the family requests you consider making a donation in support of Wood Island Lighthouse in John's name. For more information visit https://woodislandlighthouse.org/

We would also like to invite you to visit our memorial site at: https://www.forevermissed.com/john-william-lowe
where you can upload photos or submit stories you'd like to share about John's life.
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  • Service

    Sunday, May 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Sunday, May 5th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Gibbet Hill
    Address
    61 Lowell Road
    GROTON, MA 01450
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    The family has established their own memorial page where you can upload photos or submit stories you'd like to share about John's life. They invited you to visit their memorial site at: https://www.forevermissed.com/john-william-lowe where you can upload photos or submit stories you'd like to share about John's life. The family is hosting a Celebration of Life at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA on Sunday May 5th from 11 to 3, open house. Sailors can navigate to 42.606N, 71.564W. All others please find your way to 61 Lowell Rd, Groton, MA 01450 and/or seek more information at gibbethillgrill.com If you have any photos or memorabilia you would like to display please feel free to bring them along, or you can email them in advance to simeshouse@gmail.com In lieu of sending flowers or planting trees, the family requests you consider making a donation in support of Wood Island Lighthouse in John's name. For more information visit https://woodislandlighthouse.org/

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Posted at 12:08pm
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A memorial tree was planted in the memory of John William Lowe
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Fred Gould

Posted at 10:29am
John was a charter member of the "Troll Patrol", our class of '55 group including his best friend Peter Grigas, Mark Waldron, Newt Serinen, John Cocco, Marty Muchachio and myself. We were constant companions and loyal friends. He will be missed by all of us. Fred Gould
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John Holdzkom

Posted at 05:26pm
Sincere condolences to the Lowe family. I was only lucky enough to meet Mr Lowe once or twice, including a nice dinner with Steve and his mom and dad on what (unbeknownst to me at the time) was Steve’s 40th birthday. I was just starting at AER and new to the group, but Mr and Mrs Lowe treated me like part of the family and celebration. Cheers to fond memories.
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Steve Lowe

Posted at 02:31pm
Please understand the incessant "Plant a Tree" ads are not the wish of John or the family . While we have nothing against saving trees, please instead consider a donation to help restore and maintain John's favorite place, Wood Island Lighthouse at https://woodislandlighthouse.org/
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