John L. Hooper, 75, of West Groton died on November 8, 2011, at the Edith Norse Rogers Memorial Veteranâ€™s Hospital in Bedford, MA. He was born in Attleboro, MA on Jan 18, 1936, son of the late Alfred and Margaret Lenihan Hooper. He grew up in Wrentham and attended the Wrentham School System. John joined the U.S Army at the age of 17 and served during The Korean conflict and Vietnam War in bomb disposal units, retiring in 1973 after 20 years of service. He married Elizabeth A. Winkle in 1968 and moved to West Groton in 1972. John worked for the Hollingworth & Vose Company in West Groton for 25 years, until he retired at age 65.
John was a member of the West Groton Fire Department, and retired as Captain after 26 years. The town of Groton honored him by proclaiming October 21 John Hooper Day. He was Commander of the West Groton VFW, was an avid NASCAR fan, and loved country music.
He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Shirley V. MacKenzie Hooper. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth Winkle Hooper of West Groton and seven children: John L. Hooper Jr. of Townsend, Joni L. Westover of Shirley, Gary G. Hooper of Fitchburg, Cheryl L. Hooper of Lunenburg, Therese M. Steppert of Ashburnham, Tracey L. Kittredge of Barre and Keith E. Hooper of W. Groton; 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Alfred Hooper of Wrentham.
Calling hours are Friday, November 11 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Badger Funeral Home, 45 School St. Groton MA. Funeral services will be held at the Badger Funeral Home on Saturday, Nov 12 at 11 a.m. with burial immediately following at Groton Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Alzheimerâ€™s Association Mass/New Hampshire Chapter.
For more information please visit www.badgerfuneral.com.