John L.'s Story
John L. Lyons, 84, passed away on November 19, 2017, in Beverly Hospital following a brief illness. He was the loving husband of the late Elizabeth (Demmons) Lyons with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. Born in Danvers on June 2, 1933, he was the son of the late Bernard and Helen (Mahoney) Lyons. John was a lifelong resident of Danvers and graduated from Holten High School and attended Northeastern University. John served his county with the United States Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. When he returned from the war, he began his 43-year-long career with the Danvers Police Department, retiring as a Lieutenant. He played on the Danvers Police Department softball team for many years. John loved attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. He was also an avid New England sports fan and enjoyed college football, as well. He also enjoyed spending time playing cards with friends. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Mary Lyons and Briane Ritchie of Bellingham, Donna and Ralph Newhall of Danvers, Deborah and Tim Wilson of Warner, N.H., Nancy Lyons of Danvers, and John P. Lyons of North Berwick; his grandchildren, Francis Ritchie, Taylor and Erin Newhall, Levi and Bella Wilson, and Anthony Panciocco; one great-grandson, Abel Ritchie; many nieces and nephews and a loving extended family. He was predeceased by his siblings, Claire Callahan, Philip, Patrick and Joseph Lyons and Eleanor George.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017, in Saint Mary of the Annunciation Church, Conant St., Danvers. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Sylvan St., Danvers. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. For more information, visit www.LyonsFuneral.com.
Published on  November 21, 2017