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John T Isom

December 14, 1934 - October 14, 2021

John T Isom

December 14, 1934 - October 14, 2021


Obituary For John T Isom

John T Isom, 86, of Peabody and formerly of Winthrop, died Thursday morning surrounded by his loving family at his home following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Judith (Therrien) Isom with whom he shared over 28 years of marriage.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Kelso and Marie L (Girard) Isom. He was raised and educated in Charlestown and was a graduate of Charlestown High School, class of 1953. He later moved to Winthrop to raise his family and has lived in Peabody for the past 26 years.

Following his high school graduation, he enlisted with the United States Air Force and served during the Koran War until his honorable discharge in 1957. After his discharge from the military, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary E. (Brennan) Isom and settled in Winthrop where they raised their four children and shared over 30 years of marriage.

John was employed with Eastern Airlines as a Superintendent at Boston’s Logan Airport for over 30 years before the airline was bought out. After 30 years at Eastern, he embarked on a new career at the former Rainbow Nursing Home in Peabody as a maintenance manager, a career that he enjoyed doing for over 10 years before finally retiring.

John was always tinkering in the yard and around his house and one of his favorite expressions, was “Jack of all trades, master of none, often times better than a master of one.” He lived by that motto and was very proud of his skills.

Besides his loving wife, John is survived by his two daughters and son-in-law, Sandra and Jeffrey Sheehan of Hanover and Nancy Isom of Foxboro, his brother and sisters, Robert Isom, Marion Wood, and Christine Musker, his three stepdaughters, Tammy and Rob Hamilton of Tewksbury, Tracy Brown of Peabody, and Heather and Andre Palomo of Tewksbury, and was a “Great” Pappa to his 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews as well. He was predeceased by his first wife Mary E. (Brennan) Isom, his two sons, John T. “Jay” Isom, Jr. and Richard W. Isom, his siblings, Laura, Carl, Kelso “Sonny”, Marie, and Ruthie, and by his two stepsons, Ronnie and Bobby Therrien.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 9:00 until 10:30 AM at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody, followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church, Lynn St, Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery, Cross Street Section, Winthrop, MA.

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  • Jude and family, So very sorry about John, such a wonderful, wonderful, man. He was so good to my parents at Rainbow, and would joke around with my father all the time. Very special person, as well as his wonderful and beautiful wife, Jude. God bless you all. Sandy Innis

  • Most sincere condolences to the Isom Family. So many fond memories of the family and John in Winthrop throughout many years of friendship. Please know that my thoughts are with you all. A wonderful Dad and great gentleman!

  • Dear Aunt Judy, I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know I think of you both often and I pray God will give you strength in this difficult time. I love you. Your niece, Kristen

  • Dear Judy, I was saddened to read in today's Globe that you have lost your beloved John. You and he were great neighbors in Winthrop. I loved his dry sense of humor and ever present cup of coffee, even in his car on the way to Mass. He helped Ann and me as first time home owners, fixing anything that needed fixing, diving into our pool wearing his spanking new hearing aids, Shepherd's pie, Christmas parties, visiting your adorable new home in Peabody and so much more. We never stopped missing you. I'll always remember our good times. Sadly, Ann died last year at 67 after a courageous 9 month battle with cancer. May they both rest in peace. Love and prayers, Bonnie

  • Dear Judy and John's Family you are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. John was truly a gentleman and always found time to chat. He will truly be missed. Love Natalie

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