John D.
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Marblehead - John died peacefully at home with his family on March 20, 2020. John was born in Brockton to Leonard and Mildred Brady Cameron. He was predeceased by his brother, James.
John leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Ellen Smallwood Cameron, a son Leonard and his companion, Jody Martin of Marblehead, a daughter Lori Cameron Knowles and her husband, Doug of Marblehead, a son David of Marblehead, a son, Doug and his wife, Susan Grubough Cameron of Marblehead, a stepdaughter, Denise Diamond and her husband Bill of Lynn. His most loved granddaughters, Madison Cameron of Haverhill and Meghan Knowles of Marblehead, a grandson, John Cameron of Haverhill, sisters-in-law Beverly Cogswell Cameron and Margaret Smallwood McGuirk and a brother-in-law, Thomas Smallwood.
John attended Marblehead High School, worked for his Dad at Cameron's Pastry Shop, served in the US Army and then worked for the town of Marblehead Highway Department.
Because of the COVID-19 virus and the restrictions placed on everyone there will be a service and a celebration of Grumpy's life at a later date.
The family would like to thank Care Dimensions for their exceptional care of Grumpy and his family. Please send any donations to Care Dimensions at 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102 Danvers, MA 01923. To stay updated on future services please call 978-744-0497 or visit
Published on March 26, 2020


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Biff Michaud
Apr 01, 2020
I am very saddened to read of the death of my friend John. I have known him for decades and he was always happy when we spoke. What a terrific guy, a great loss for all of us who considered him our friend. I want his family to know that I care.
Jean R. Eldridge
Mar 29, 2020
Sorry to read of this for all of Grumpy's family. You'd swear he was born right here in Marblehead because he fit right in. The years have gone by too fast but we know he's right there in the best place possible. Hugs to all of you!
Mar 28, 2020
I am so sad to hear of the passing of john, Ellen I know you all, like, I know myself. I watched your family all grow up. I worked with your dad for almost 20 yrs John was a friend a buddy and a person that I could depend on.Lennie,lorri,David,Doug and Sue.I'm so sorry he will live in my heart forever!!
Karen and Jack Salkins
Mar 27, 2020
Rest in peace, you will be missed.
Sharon Robinson Cormier
Mar 27, 2020
So very sorry to hear of John’ s passing. I knew him growing up he worked with my Dad Robbie (water dpt ). I actually ran into Mr. Cameron just last year I don’t even remember how long it’s been since I’ve seen him except that my dad’s been gone for almost 30 years so it’s longer than that but I couldn’t believe he hadn’t changed all in fact I wasn’t even sure it was him.We had a wonderful those short conversation about where’s the time gone and what the past was it a real pleasure running into Mr. Cameron as I’ve always called him and I’m thrilled that I did I’m so very sorry for your loss he was always a very nice man.
Katie Hazeltine
Mar 27, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with your family. Xoxo
Michael Griffin
Mar 27, 2020
Very sorry your loss he was a nice guy and always had a way of putting an interesting spin on things.
Mar 27, 2020
John was a super guy who worked with my father for years, he will be sadly missed by all who had the Privilege of knowing him, our Rest In Peace john
Mar 27, 2020
John always had a unique perspective on life and I really enjoyed talking with him for many years.
Godspeed John
Lynne deGrandpre’
Mar 27, 2020
Mr. Cameron was the light in my workday when he came into our office to pay his bill! Never grumpy, always smiling with a great sense of humor! I always enjoyed our little chats! You will be missed, sir. My heartfelt condolences to the Cameron Family. You are in my prayers.
Richard Fagone
Mar 26, 2020
Grumpy was the best, we always had lots of laughs when ever we bumped in to one another or when i was visiting at the house! God bless him and the rest of the cameron family. He will be missed all!