Half Staff – John Preston

August 5, 2019
Rockport – John W. Preston, 91, of Rockport, husband of Shirley T. Preston, passed away with his loving family at his side, on Monday evening, August 5, 2019, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Mass. John was born in Beverly, Mass., on November 12, 1927, and was the son of the late William and Ruth (Flanagan) Preston. He was a graduate of St. John’s Prep and Georgetown University. He later enrolled in the U.S. Marine Corps. His passion for St. John’s Prep and the Marine’s stayed with him throughout his entire life. John was also an avid sailor. He will be missed dearly.

John is survived by his wife, Shirley Preston of Rockport, Mass.; his three children Kathy Baldwin of Hamilton, Mass.; Cheryl Wood of Manchester, Mass., and William Preston of Rockport, Mass.; and eight grandchildren, Dustin Temple, Wesley Temple, Ashley Temple McManus, Erika Baldwin Hart, Connor Baldwin, Tyler Wood, Miles Wood and Dillon Preston; and five great-grandchildren.

In keeping with John’s wishes there are no visiting hours or services. His burial is being held privately. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, MA. Online condolences may be given at: www.greelyfuneralhome.com

If desired, friends may make a donation to St. John’s Prep in John’s memory at: https://www.stjohnsprep.org/page.cfm?p=15938.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Kaplan House in Danvers for their extraordinary care.