John J. Stephens, Jr., age 72

of North Quincy

John J. Stephens, Jr., age 72

John J. Stephens, Jr., age 72, of North Quincy, passed away, peacefully, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

John was born in Dorchester. He was the son of the late Florence (Lind) and John J. Stephens, Sr. Older brother to both Brian Stephens of Hanson and the late Mark Stephens. John grew up in Weymouth and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of seventeen. He attained the rank of Sergeant, serving for four years, including two tours in the Vietnam War. He earned numerous commendations, including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/1 star, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device, Meritorious Mast, Rifle Marksman Badge, Combat Action Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal.

He worked for forty-five years as a heavy equipment master mechanic for the International Union of Operating Engineers (Local 4). He lived and raised a family for many years in Braintree before moving to North Quincy.

Faithful husband for forty-seven years of Catherine (Bailey) Stephens.

Beloved father of Althea (Stephens) Heisler and her husband Ben Heisler of Westport, Conn.

Loving grandfather of Esmé Rose and Emery Mae Heisler, both of Westport, Conn.

Brother-in law of Joanne Bailey-Hanna of Weymouth.

Uncle of Eric and Mitchell Hanna, Henry, Paul, and Donna McCarthy, and Melanie Core.

Lifelong friend of Michael and Helen Scalisi and their children of Weymouth. Along with many other wonderful friends.

John was an avid boater and fisherman. He spent most of his free time on his boat just being out on the ocean. When not out at sea you could find John either hanging out at the boatyard with the guys for happy hour or at Bay Pointe Marina shooting the breeze with his boating friends. Tugged away at times by his two granddaughters who gave him so much joy.

Those who knew John remember his infectious laugh, a mustache even hipsters would envy, and the most piercing set of steely blue eyes that could look right through you. He had the most unbelievable work ethic and a tremendous toughness and determination that he imparted to his daughter. John was very proud to be a Marine Corps veteran. Although he did not talk about his service to our country often, when he did open up, he had some amazing stories.

Due to COVID-19 and to honor John’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. John’s wish was to be cremated. His loving wife and daughter will hold a celebration of life that will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, we ask you to please take a moment to hug a veteran, thank a veteran, spend time with a veteran. They sacrificed a piece of themselves so that we can be free and John would not have had it any other way.


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  • love and prayers to you and your family….May peace be with you at this difficult time we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers …..With our deepest sympathy

  • Dear Cathy, Althea, Ben, Esmé, and Emery,
    We are saddened to hear of such an incredible loss to your family. May you all find peace in the memories that you shared with him and know he is at peace as well. From one Marine family to another, we can but also can’t imagine the full sacrifices each generation faced as they were called upon to serve this country, but we know they are immense. Sending all our love your way.
    Love, Jen and Tony Ssonko

  • Kathy, Althea and family,
    Very sorry to hear about the passing of John. He was a true fisherman and loved his time on the seas! We have lots of memories and fun times we spent together! May he Rest In Peace
    Love , Ted and Linda ❤️🇺🇸

  • So very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, thoughts and prayers to you and your Mom, Ben and your girls. To lose a parent is a devastating experience to go through, 🙏🏻Hope we get to see guys sometime soon❤️

  • Cathy,
    Words can’t describe the mixed emotions felt with John’s passing. Through thick and thin his sense
    of humor always prevailed. His forever porch presence will be etched in my memory along with the sound of his laugh. Much love, memories and prayers for peace and comfort
    Linda & Wayne

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. It is so hard losing someone you love hopefully the memories of the good times will shine through the darkness.

  • Cathy, Althea and Family

    We were so saddened to hear about John’s passing. We will always remember all the super good times we had over all the years we have been friends. Our deepest condolences to you, Althea, Ben, children, and family. He will always have a special place in our hearts.

  • So sorry for your loss. God bless . . . We have lots of fond and funny memories of John while spending time hanging around the docks at BayPointe Marina. Often times he helped us into our slip and we’d share stories of that boating adventure as well as other crazy times while boating. He lived an incredible and full life. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Stu & MJ

  • Stand down Marine. Your mission is complete. Secure your weapons with the armorer and take the rest you are due.

    Ltc RJ Murphy. US Army

  • Dear Cathy Althea and Family

    So sorry to hear about your Dad. We love you both and hold you close to our hearts. The obituary is perfect. Warm loving hugs.
    Bobby and Tom