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Mr. John Harold Bourque

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1 of 10 | Posted by: Michael Bourque - MA - son

“Please enjoy this song my daughter Holly performed at the ceremony. It's a beautiful tribute. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Michael Bourque - Son

“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...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Michael Bourque - Melrose, MA

“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...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Beth Waterfall - Rockland, MA

“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....Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Kellee Donegan - Clearwater, FL

“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...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Maureen Bourque - Nashua, NH

“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...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Diane Sullivan Mahan - Sarasota, FL

“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...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Judie Jamieson - Somerville, MA

“Dad you are the greatest man I have ever known. I love you and will miss you forever. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Michael Bourque - Melrose, MA

“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...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Kathleen Lawson - Woburn, MA

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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