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John A. Rosatone

April 23, 1935 December 26, 2018
John A. Rosatone
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John A. Rosatone, 83, of Haverhill, MA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 26, at his home with family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Shirley (Pare) Rosatone, who predeceased him on November 14, 2018. Born in Haverhill on April 23, 1935, he was the first-born child of Domenick and Clara (Gardella) Rosatone.

John’s formal schooling began in Haverhill, graduating from Tilton School in 1949 and Haverhill High School in 1953. Deciding to become an accountant, he enrolled in Bentley College and upon graduation, opened his practice in Lafayette Square, Haverhill. After further schooling, he attained the status of Certified Public Accountant and together, with his beloved wife Shirley, combined forces and created a successful accounting firm in Haverhill and Seabrook, NH.

During his early childhood years, John suffered from Rheumatic Fever, an illness which limited his participation in outdoor physical activities, which led to an avid interest in stamp collecting. Later, in adulthood, he and Shirley had the opportunity to travel the world, visiting the many countries he had first learned about through this childhood hobby.

In addition, John also enjoyed great food, a good drink and the wonderful times spent with family and many of their friends. They mostly enjoyed hosting excursions on their boat at Lake Winnipesauke, Meredith, NH. Those who knew him best, would agree, his greatest satisfaction was derived from working with Shirley in his offices, helping so many of his clients navigate through their financial issues. Together, they worked long, hard hours during their heavy income tax season building their business together.

In addition to his late wife Shirley, John also leaves his four step-children, Roderick and Beverly Schena, of Newton, NH; Sandy Schena of Hampstead, NH; Bryan and Donna Schena of Haverhill; and Laurie and Sam Fiorilla of Methuen. He also leaves many grand children, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and his only sibling, brother Raymond Rosatone of Haverhill. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the many caregivers that have helped take care of both John & Shirley.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the calling hours on Friday, Jan. 4th from 4-7 PM at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St. Haverhill. His funeral will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5th begininng at 10:00 from the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 in St. John the Baptist Church, Lincoln Ave. Haverhill. Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Haverhill.

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4:00 PM 1/4/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/4/2019 7:00:00 PM
H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home - Haverhill

106 Summer Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home - Haverhill
106 Summer Street Haverhill 01830 MA
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11:00 AM 1/5/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. John the Baptist Church

110 Lincoln Ave.
Haverhill, MA 01830

St. John the Baptist Church
110 Lincoln Ave. Haverhill 01830 MA
United States

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St. Patricks Cemetery Final Resting Place

450 North Broadway
Haverhill, MA 01832

450 North Broadway Haverhill 01832 MA
United States

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