Putnam – John Parker Waterman, Jr., 79, of Mill St., died Friday morning, December 12, 2014, in Matulaitis Nursing Home. He was the loving husband of the late Frances (Ducharme) Waterman. Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late John P. Waterman, Sr. and Minnie (Thomson) Waterman.
Mr. Waterman served in the Navy as a Marine Mechanics Special Instructor and Chief Petty Officer serving aboard the USS John Marshall and the USS Nathaniel Greene. He was awarded the National Defense Service Ribbon, European Occupation Good Conduct Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and United Nations Service Navy Achievement Medal. John was honorably discharged in 1977 after 23 years of faithful service to the United States Navy and his Country. Prior to his retirement Mr. Waterman worked for both Essex Corporation and Kaman Aerospace.
John was a member of the Putnam VFW, as well as various local fire departments serving as an EMT. He enjoyed playing Santa Claus for the area children as well as reading, and spending time with his service “buddies”.
John is survived by; his sons, David Waterman and his wife Marcia of Canterbury, Jeffrey Waterman of North Grosvenordale, Kevin Waterman and his long time companion Vickie Moran of Central Village, and Steven Waterman and his wife Lori of Woodstock; his daughters, Linda Langevin of Canterbury and Mary Gauthier and her husband David of Somerset, MA; his former wife Marian Waterman of Dayville; thirteen grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial for John at 11 a.m. on Friday , December 19, 2014 in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial donations, may be made to the Putnam VFW’s Men’s Auxiliary, 207 Providence St., Putnam, CT 06260 For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.