John J. “Fordy” Ford, age 70

of Quincy

John J. “Fordy” Ford, age 70

John J. “Fordy” Ford, age 70, a lifelong Quincy resident, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with cancer.

John was born in Quincy, to the late George L. and Mary A. (Costigan) Ford. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1973, a lover of all sports, where he especially excelled in football.

Working alongside his father and uncle, John was employed as a glazier for the Glaziers and Glassworkers Local 1044 for thirty-five years, retiring eleven years ago.

John was a volunteer and coached the Quincy Point Panthers in Quincy Youth Football for sixteen years. In 2022, he was awarded the Pigskin Gala Football Man of the Year.

A motorcycle enthusiast, Fordy enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson alongside his daughter, and watching the Red Sox with his son. He was an avid golfer and cherished his Thursday Night Golf League “Fake It Through Fridays.” John fondly remembered his favorite golf trip to Pebble Beach with his brothers.

Most of all, John was well-known for his lifelong passion and the lasting friendships made while helping others as the founder and president of the South Shore Children’s Fund for the past forty years. For many years, John organized charitable events, such as JT’s Tee Off Tournament and JT’s Thunder Motorcycle Run, named after his son, John Thomas, who is mentally and physically challenged. Proceeds from the tournament and run benefited local organizations, charities, schools, and individual children. John cherished playing the part of Santa’s helper for the MA Dept of Children & Family Services’ holiday party for many years.

Beloved husband for forty-five years of Deborah L. “Debby” (Leahy) Ford.

Devoted father of JoAnna E. Ford and John Thomas “JT” Ford, both of Quincy.

One of six siblings, Fordy was the loving brother of Patricia Boucher and her husband John, George Ford and his wife Tricia, all of Weymouth, Thomas Ford and his wife Jane of Quincy, Mary Ford-Clark and her husband James, and Michael Ford and his wife Kim, all of Braintree. A loving brother-in-law to the late James Leahy and his surviving wife Sharon of Watsonville, Calif., and Robert and Patti Leahy of Wrentham. Best friend of Michael McLean of Hanover.

John is also survived by many nieces, nephews, their families, and countless friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Joseph’s Church, 550 Washington Street, Quincy, on Tuesday, May 14, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, East Milton, on Monday, May 13, from 4 – 7 p.m. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in John’s memory may be made to John T. Ford 2017 Supplemental Needs Trust, c/o 68 Baxter Avenue, Quincy, MA 02169.


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  • Debby, JoAnna and JT and the rest of the extended family,

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Johnny was a great guy who will be missed deeply. I hope that his memories and the support from your family and friends helps you during this difficult time and beyond. ❤️

  • We are so sorry to hear this sad news of Johnny’s passing. Our very best thoughts, prayers and love go out to Debbie and family at this most difficult time. John & Jay

  • I was so sad to hear of Johnnys passing. A terrific bubbly guy who always lived life with a smile and a joke. Rest in peace, my friend. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • John Ford was a hero always doing for others!
    He will be sadly missed and will be a living legend.

  • Deb, Joanna, JT, and the Ford families, our thoughts and prayers are with all in your time of grief.
    Prayer Saint Francis of Assisi:
    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand; 
to be loved as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; 
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


  • Love you, my friend!💚❤

  • John was a wonderful caring man. He will be missed by all.

  • Debbi, My condolences on John’s passing. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

    With all my love and a big hug!!

  • I’m so sorry I won’t b able to make it to my friend John’s wake or funeral I am going on vacation this Sunday on Mother’s Day to see my mother in Phoenix, Arizona well I haven’t seen in 15 years . John was the nicest man I ever met had a great attitude and super funny personality and he was a great family man rest in peace my friend love you 🥰 your pal Doug Cappello

  • Debby, JoAnna and JT,

    I am so sorry for the loss of John. I remember always seeing John outside in the yard when I lived on Baxter Ave. Please know your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Lisa (Chiaramonte) Peters

  • My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire Ford family.
    I have very fond memories as your neighbor on S Artery.
    Johnny was a great friend to my children Kristen and Todd.
    He will be greatly missed but will always have a place in our hearts.
    Rest in peace my friend ..

  • Debbie and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending big hugs.

  • I Wow , he hung in there for a time . Johnny was awesome, I’ll never forget when he gave me a ride on his first motorcycle back in 78 or so !Always happy, that’s how I lll remember him. Our condolences Debbiea. ,JT and Joanna, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him

  • Dear Debby, JoAnna, JT,
    so sorry to hear about John. Deb I remember when John picked you up at work in the limousine. also the golf tournaments for JT. so sorry for your loss
    Ed and DeeJay Condon

  • So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Love to all the Ford Family and friends. Holding many loving memories in our thoughts of your visits to Newfoundland!
    Cousin Cecilia, Ron Wade and Family

  • Debby, JoAnna and JT,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. John was an awesome guy. He was a great husband, father and friend. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. If there is anything you need, please don’t hesitate to ask. Rest in Peace.

    Chris Cofrancesco

  • Dear Debby, JoAnna, JT and family. We are so very sorry for your loss! John is now at peace and he will be your Guardian Angel watching over you! We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Sending Love from, Glynnis and Michael

  • Michael I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved brother. I hope you and Kim and family can find comfort in the memories you have. For all your Ford family members my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. May your brother R.I.P.

  • I didn’t know John for long, but for the few months that I did get to know him, I could see how loved he was and how much he loved his family. He fought a hard battle with a smile and a joke. They say a man is only as rich by how many friends he has and not by how much money. John was….is a very rich man. He touched many lives. May he rest in peace and we should always remember him for the life he had, not how he passed. My sincerest condolences to JoAnna, JT and Deb.

  • To love and lost is better to have never loved.. those words may be true but the empty hole that is left after you lose your best friend and love of your life is overwhelming… sending love hugs and prayers to you and your family… may he rest in peace.

    My condolences Deb

  • Debby,
    I am very sorry to hear of John’s passing. My condolences to you and your family. May you find peace in your many cherished memories. xo

  • A life too short. He had a tough battle and is now at peace. A great dad and friend. A super husband, always kept Debbie laughing. He had the biggest heart and such a wonderful role model. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. All those memories will carry on forever! Love you Debby. It was such an honor to know Johnny!💔❤️

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Debby, J.T and Joanna. So sorry for your loss he will be missed by many.