Mr. John Harold Bourque

  • Born: August 17, 1929
  • Died: April 15, 2017
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Harold Bourque, 87, beloved husband of Elizabeth (Jamieson) Bourque, passed away on Saturday, April 15th at Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Born in Melrose during the Great Depression, the youngest of five children; he is the son of the late Dennis and Chantel (Babin) Bourque.

John grew up in Melrose. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1951 during the Korean War. John was known as an Atomic Bomb Veteran. He had taken part of the atomic bomb testing at Camp Desert Rock in Nevada, registering the radiation with a geiger counter. John was discharged in 1954. He was a true Downeaster. John was proud of his Acadian Heritage. He always enjoyed a good piece of Rappie Pie. John was a carpenter by trade, loved to golf and was into genealogy; he especially loved going to Nova Scotia for the Bourque Family Reunion. John was a devoted husband and father. He spent the last few years taking care of his wife. He will truly be missed by his loving family.

In addition to his wife of 58 years Elizabeth, he is survived by his four children: Stephen J. Bourque and his wife Ivy, Nancy A. Kanouff and her husband Charlie, Michael P. Bourque and his wife Mina and Michelle S. Trottier and her husband Ron; nine grandchildren: C.J., Christopher, Charnele, Melissa, Serena, Drew, Jonathan, Kevin and Holly; three siblings: Antoinette Marie Spencer, Jeanette Carroll and Dennis Bourque; along with many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister Rosalie Vacon.

Visiting hours will be held at the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St., (RT 28) STONEHAM on Saturday, April 22nd from 11:30am-1:00pm. A Funeral Service Celebrating John's Eternal Life will be held at 1pm in the Funeral Home. Parking attendants and elevator available. Interment with Military Honors will take place at Lindenwood Cemetery, Stoneham.
Any flowers sent for John's services will be not only be displayed, but donated to the Power of Flowers Project. They instill the value that John whole heartedly believed; that anything can be re used. For more information, please visit
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Condolence & Memory Journal

We love you dad

Posted by Michael Bourque - MA - son   April 27, 2018

Please enjoy this song my daughter Holly performed at the ceremony. It's a beautiful tribute.

Posted by Michael Bourque - Son   April 25, 2017

Today was a great ceremony of my dad's life. We celebrated his love and devotion to family, friends, and tradition. Lots of people reminded us their fond memories. It was very inspiring to feel such a strong sense of love and support all around. There were posters full with hundreds of photos. A video montage with some of my music. My sister wrote and read a beautiful eulogy about his life from birth, to the army and atomic veteran, and how he'd met mom at a square dance.

I spoke about what it was like to be his son, how he taught me to fix things. How he loved us all to the end. I introduced my daughter Holly who sang a beautiful song about going home on guitar while we all cried. We then proceeded to the cemetery, stopping by his house along the way to place a single rose on his car in the driveway. It was a very nice service. My son Jonathan and I were pallbearers. An army bugle horn in the distance, and a very animated way of folding the flag. We each put a rose on his casket and prayed.

Afterwards we treated everyone to rappie pie at a nearby restaurant. I think it was perfect. So many stories I heard. So much more to remember him by. We miss you dad. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Michael Bourque - Melrose, MA - Son   April 22, 2017

Michael and the Bourque family, I am so sorry for your loss. You have so many wonderful memories with him and I hope they and your family traditions keep his spirit alive in all of you.

Posted by Beth Waterfall - Rockland, MA - friend   April 20, 2017

I have known John my whole life. He always had a nice thing to say to me every time I would come over. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

Posted by Kellee Donegan - Clearwater, FL - Family Friend   April 20, 2017

I remember many years ago at Grandpa Bourque's in Melrose your smile and laughter as you teased your brother Dennis father. I will always remember your fun way of being when the cousins got together ...A long time ago . My thoughts and prayers are with <br />the Bourque Family

Posted by Maureen Bourque - Nashua, NH - family   April 19, 2017

Dear Aunt Betty, Stephen, Nancy, Michelle, Michael, and family --

I am so sorry to learn of Uncle Harold's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Harold while growing up -- his love of life, his story telling, and his gift of making others laugh -- will stay with me all the days of my life. May God hold you all comfortingly in the palm of His hand during this difficult time.

With sympathy and love,
Diane (Sullivan) Mahan

Posted by Diane Sullivan Mahan - Sarasota, FL - Family   April 19, 2017

Nancy,Stephen, Michele and Michael, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dad had a contagious smile that brighten my day when I had the pleasure of seeing him from time to time, whether it was at a grocery store or at a doctors office! We would strike up a conversation and talk as though we were sitting at the kitchen table having a cup of tea, forgetting where we were and he would tell me all the latest news about his children and grandchildren. When he spoke of any of one of you he had a twinkle in his eye and smile grew bigger! Although I didn't see them often enough I have and will always admire and love him and your mom. I am so lucky to have such wonderful memories of him. May you found some comfort in your own memories today, tomorrow and every day. God bless. Cousin Judie Jamieson.

Posted by Judie Jamieson - Somerville, MA - Family   April 18, 2017

Dad you are the greatest man I have ever known. I love you and will miss you forever.

Posted by Michael Bourque - Melrose, MA - Son   April 18, 2017


Michelle and family -

So sorry for the loss of your father and sending your family prayers during a difficult time. Remember the wonderful parent he was and cherish the memories and moments that you were able to share.

Kathy Lawson and family

Posted by Kathleen Lawson - Woburn, MA - Friend   April 18, 2017