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

John Anthony Brako

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
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ACTON, MA: John Anthony Brako, 54, a longtime resident of Acton, MA, died on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

He is survived by his parents, Frank and Marie (Bracco) Brako of Acton, MA; his two sons, Devon and John Brako of Casselberry, FL; a sister, Anne Marie Brako and husband Richard Sayde of Winchester, MA; a brother, Frank Brako Jr. and wife Stacey Isles-Brako of Dorchester, MA along with many other relatives and friends.

Born in Arlington, MA, John resided most of his life in Acton, and was a graduate of Acton-Boxborough H.S. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1983 serving in the Special Forces and studied in the “Defense Language School” located in Monterey, CA. He was honorably discharged in 1986. Following his service in the Army, he attended Northeastern University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Language and was fluent in Russian and Italian language. Following his diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis in the late 1980’s John was employed in customer service with Cellular One locally. He was a board member of the “New England Paralyzed Veterans of America” for 20 plus years.

John, despite his illness, took great pride in competing in the “Paralyzed Veterans Games” for many years throughout the United States. He won many medals in the track and field events and excelled in the swimming events attaining many Gold Medals. Although John’s life was short he lived every day to its fullest. He will be forever cherished as an inspiring young man with a warm personality by all who loved and knew him.

Visiting hours are at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave., Acton, on Friday, Nov. 1st, from 4:00-7:00pm. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 89 Arlington St., Acton, on Saturday, Nov. 2nd, at 10:00am. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Concord Road, Acton.

Flowers may be sent or donations in memory of John may be made to: Paralyzed Veterans of America, New England Chapter, 1208 VFW Parkway, Suite 301, West Roxbury, MA 02132.

For life story, directions or to leave an online condolence visit www.actonfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 1st, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, November 1st, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Acton Funeral Home
    Address
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
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    Notes
    Flowers may be sent or donations in memory of John may be made to: Paralyzed Veterans of America, New England Chapter, 1208 VFW Parkway, Suite 301, West Roxbury, MA 02132.
  • Service

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
    Address
    89 Arlington Street
    ACTON, MA 01720
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    Officiant
    Rev. Jeffrey Archer
  • Interment

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 | 11:15am
    When
    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 11:15am
    Location
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Address
    104 Concord Road
    Acton Center, MA 01720
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    Notes
    Immediately following mass

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Greg Mislick

Posted at 01:15pm
I worked with John in the early 90's at Cellular-ONE Boston. John has always been an inspiration to me even though I have not seen or spoken with him since that time. It is unfortunate that I have just now today ( June 10, 2020) found this, I would very much have liked to have a drink and catch up with him. John more recently came to mind as an inspirational example for a friend of mine who has recently been impacted by MS.
I will never forget John, I just wish that it were not in a memorial sense.
John, thank you.
JB

Joan Burrows

Posted at 04:56pm
John was a man who cared about others and he helped many people, He did not let his disability stop him from doing what he wanted to do. Every time I spoke with him or we met, he was upbeat and cheerful. I told him about my daughter in-law's service dog and he later had his own. He asked me about my husband's work on the Commission on Disabilities., and I loved talking to him about that. I am so glad that he attended the 30th anniversary of the Commission. I am sad he is gone, but glad I knew him.
Joan Burrows
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