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John P Dowd

May 24, 1941 - May 29, 2022

John P Dowd

May 24, 1941 - May 29, 2022


Obituary For John P Dowd

John P. Dowd, 81, of Peabody, died Sunday evening surrounded by his family at his home following a lengthy illness. He was the devoted husband of Ada (Wallis) Dowd with whom he shared over 58 years of marriage.

Born in Dorchester, he was the son of the late Patrick and Margaret (Behan) Dowd. He was raised and educated in Dorchester and was a graduate of Dorchester High School, class of 1958. He has lived in Peabody for the past 53 years.

Upon his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for over 3 years before his honorable discharge in June of 1962.

John was passionate about his family, local politics, his grandchildren’s sporting events and his Irish Heritage.

He is survived by his loving wife Ada, his three loving children and their spouses, Sean and Sandra Dowd of Peabody, Brian and Sue Dowd of Rowley, and Jodi and Phil Mitchell of Peabody. He also leaves seven grandchildren who adored him, Kyle Multner and his wife Jen, Kellie Multner and her fiancé Kevin Clarke, Nicole Mitchell and her fiancé Ross Roy, David Hoar III, Hayley, Riley, and Loic Dowd, and also leaves four great grandchildren, Charlee and Cash Multner, and Nova and Zoey Clarke. He is also survived by his two brothers, James Dowd of Dorchester, and Edward Dowd of Braintree.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4:00 until 8:00 PM at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody and his Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM at the South Church, 60 Prospect St, Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Lake St, Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org

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  • Dear Ada and Family: We were so saddened to see in the paper the loss of your dear John. I only remember goodness and kindness from him. May God give you strength and peace as you grieve his passing. With our Love, Karen and Tray Forsythe (and the girls..😘) 🤗❤️✝️🙏

  • I worked with John at New England Telephone in Salem many years ago. John was always upbeat and fun and was a pleasure to be around. I was sorry to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to his wife Ada and his family.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. John was such a kind man. He will be missed in our community.

  • Condolences to the entire Dowd family. John was a good man and had a good sense of humor. Although it was quite some years ago I always enjoyed engaging John in conversation wether it was sports, politics or anything else that was going on in the world. Rest in peace John -John Broughton

  • We are both so saddened at the passing of uncle Johnie. I'll miss his jokes, looking over at auntie Ada and watching her roll her eyes! Our condolences to the entire Dowd family. " Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal." May memories ease the pain in your hearts. With love and sympathy Scott & Charlene

  • Rest in sweet peace Uncle Johnny. You were so loved! Please give Mom a big hug. ❤️

  • My condolences to John's family and all his many friends. I will always remember John's smile, friendly manner and welcoming attitude. He was one of the really good guys I was blessed to have been friends of. May your memories together get you all through this difficult time. Mike Kravchuk Mike Kravchuk

  • All of us across the street on Sherwood Ave loved your dad. Our hearts are so sad for you all. He was such a wonderful dad and neighbor. We love you all. I'm sure my mom and dad are welcoming him in heaven. - Evie Hantzopoulos

  • My sympathies to the entire Dowd Family. Mr. Dowd always had a kind face and kind word. May he rest in eternal peace and may his energy live on in all your hearts. XO Roseann Ferrante

  • Sympathy to the Dowds. Mr. Dowd was sharp witted in his sense of humor, and what an enviable memory he had! Thoughts are with you all as you celebrate his life.

  • What a fun man he was. I will never forget as a child delivering the Salem news to him. I rang the doorbell to collect payment and he opened the door and pushed out his dentures at me :-). It freaked me out! I had never seen anyone with dentures before. It actually has made for a great memory! My sincerest condolences to all of his loved ones. He now lives in the house or god probably hanging with my dad 🙂

  • John was a wonderful caring friend. He will be missed by many. His wife Ada and I have been friends since 1947. Love to the Dowd family from Larry and Lindy. R.I.P. JOHN.

  • I will always remember John's wry sense of humor. His eyes would light up and look at you like you were in on some mischief with him. Ada was the biggest fan of his humor which made it even funnier. You will be so missed John. Rest in peace. Love, Lee

  • Dowd Family, Me and my parents send our sincere condolences to you all. We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you during this difficult time and sending a big hug to Mrs. Dowd.

  • Very sorry for your loss, may he rest in peace. Thank you Mr. Dowd for your service with our country ~ Lori and Bob Creighan

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