John R. Allen, 78, of Norfolk, passed peacefully at home on June 17, 2017.
Born in Attleboro on August 5, 1938, he was a son of the late Norman N. Sr. and Leah M. (Proulx) Allen. John worked as a self employed auto mechanic for many years prior to retirement. He previously worked for Witt Armstrong in Hopkinton. He enjoyed driving race cars at Seekonk Speedway and Westboro, especially his #13 Mustang.
John served his country proudly as a member of the United States Marine Corps.
John is survived by his loving children, Donna J. Anderson of Wrentham, John R., Allen Jr. ( Kathleen) of Illinois, Catherine A. Wood (James) of Virginia, Mark S. Allen (Denise) of Virginia, Gayle M. Lancia (Armand) of Rhode Island, Joanne E. Allen of Plainville, and the late Jonathan C. Holt of Norfolk. His siblings, Alice Peterson (the late David) of New York, Norman N. Allen Jr. (Elsie)of Foxboro, Charles Allen (Cynthia) of Wareham, and Harriet (Susie) Bailey (Charles) of Florida. Also survived by eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours on Friday, June 23rd from 2-4 PM in the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home,30 South Street, Foxborough. A funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 4 PM. To light a special candle in John’s memory please visit the funeral home web site at: www.robertsandsonsfuneralhome.com. For additional information please contact 508 543-5471.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to: ALS Clinic, Dept of Neurology/127, Boston VAMC, 150 S. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130, ATT: Manisha Thakore-James or Seasons Hospice, 1 Edgewater Drive, Suite 103, Norwood, MA 02062.