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John Kevin Powderly

Born: Tue., Dec. 12, 1944
Died: Fri., Oct. 2, 2020

Funeral Service


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 11, 2020
Location: Powderly Meadows 50 Montgomery St.

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John Kevin Powderly, 75, of Lakeville, MA died suddenly on October 3, 2020 surrounded by his family and loved ones including his wife of 52 years, Nancy (Martell) Powderly. 

John grew up in Brockton and was the son of the late ‘Cap’ Henry Powderly, a longtime Brockton Firefighter, and Agnes (Farrington) Powderly.  He was the brother to the late Carol (Powderly) Powers of Easton, MA and is survived by his brother Richard Powderly of Kingston, MA. 

In the late 70’s, John, Nancy and their daughter Tracy Powderly Owen eventually settled in Lakeville, MA where Tracy and her husband Steve Owen reside today along with their two children Hunter and Mackenzie. 

John is also survived by many nieces and nephews who he adored greatly: Jennifer, Colleen, Ryan, Jonathan, Tarah, Candace and Jenay. 

After graduating Brockton High School in 1962, John went on to receive a degree from Bentley College.  From there, John had a long professional career in business with leadership roles at MetroByte and Rapido Color.   

John was involved in many things around town including being an active member of the Lakeville Council of Aging (even though he never considered himself a ’senior’).  John also served on the Board of Selectman for several years.  

John’s love of Lakeville, was second only to his love of his family especially his grandchildren Hunter and Mackenzie.  John’s gift of small talk either around town, at the golf course or watching Hunter and Mackenzie’s sporting events will be missed by many.  His hobbies of fishing, golf, or getting ice cream often included both of his grandchildren. 

All are welcome to the visiting hours outside at Powderly Meadows (50 Montgomery Street, Lakeville) on Sunday October 11, 2020 from 1PM - 4PM.  Facial covering and social distancing guidelines are required to be followed.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to the Lakeville Council of Aging (COA).  Better yet next time you pour your favorite drink, raise your glass and wish him well on his next journey. 

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Karen Perkins
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
My sincerest thoughts and prayers to you Nancy, Tracy and to your Family. He will be missed, not only around town, but the “meet and greet” at Powderly Meadows! He was always so endearing with Harley. Your Family is strong and you will find the strength you know John would want! God Bless all of you!🙏❤️

Tony Pimentel
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please be assured of my prayers for the repose of his soul and for healing for your family. May God continue to bless you all abundantly. Take care.

Don Fardie
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Sandy and I are so sorry to hear this and our thoughts and prayers are with the family. I always enjoyed our talks when I ran into John and he always expressed his interests in how I was doing with the race car. We had some great conversations. He was great guy and he will be missed....God Speed!

Gaynel Bradford
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Nancy and family I am sorry for your loss
Gaynel Bradford

Barbara Lawrence
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
John always had the best stories & such a fun personality. One special guy for sure! He will be missed greatly by all those who loved him.
So sorry I will miss you on the Golf Course
Barbara Lawrence

Jim Cooney
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Nancy, Tracy, and all,
I am so sad to hear of John's passing. He was a wonderful person and always very good to others. I learned a lot from him back in the MetraByte days that has served me well for the past 30 years. I considered him a friend and am so very glad I got to know him. Judy & I and our kids Ian & Nicole really though a lot of John. Nicole used to see him at Dunkin all the time when she worked there.
We are sorry for the loss to your family and offer any assistance you may want as you move forward.

Bob Mielde
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Nancy, Tracy and family - I am so sorry for this great loss. John was a mentor to me from Datel days on. We had many laughs over the years. He can never be replaced.

Peg Gross
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Dear Nancy and family,

I am so sorry about John's passing. I have enjoyed many chats with him at the COA and will miss him. He is now in the hands of our Lord. May God bless you and family to get you all through this difficult time.


Frances Dacey
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Dear Nancy , Tracy and family.. My sincerest condolences. I worked with John at Datel and Metrabyte. It was always great to catch up with him at reunions. I will be toasting to his memory.

Neil/Beverly Ingraham
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
So sorry to hear of John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his family. Neil will certainly miss having coffee with John at Dunkin. He was always fun to meet anywhere.

The Simoes Family
   Posted Mon October 05, 2020
Dear Owen Family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers are being sent to your family for the extra strength needed to get through these difficult times. Take care of yourselves. Rest In Peace Mr Powderly.

Jean Fox
   Posted Wed October 07, 2020
Sincerest condolences to the family. John was a vibrant and engaged man, and he truly loved his family. I hope that the many wonderful memories created over the years will bring solace during this difficult time.

Sandy Richter (formerly Cataldo)
   Posted Wed October 07, 2020
Nancy and family,

I am so sorry to hear of John's untimely passing. I have the best memories of the great times Tony and I enjoyed at your home and company shin-digs. I also appreciate John's commitment to leadership in Lakeville. There's not much to say that can encapsulate his presence in so many lives. Except to say, he is already missed by so many. I wish you peace.

Alex Pappas
   Posted Thu October 08, 2020
Dear Nancy, Tracy and Family,

I was very sad to hear of John's passing. He was a great friend and a mentor of mine during my time at Metrabyte. He took the time to teach me all aspects of operations management and trusted me with many responsibilities during my time there. Eve and I send our deepest condolences and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. May his memory be eternal.

Vinnie and Debbie Hebert
   Posted Thu October 08, 2020
Nancy, Tracy and Family,

So sorry to hear of John's passing. Both Debbie and I worked for John at Metrabyte and those are some of the fondest memories we will cherish. We are so saddened by his passing and our sincerest condolences to the Powderly family. Debbie and I saw John and Nancy frequently at LeBaron Hills; I would see him many times happily mowing the fairways and he would stop and we would chat for a bit about Metrabyte, grandchildren, etc . John was certainly one the kindest, nicest, most caring people we have ever met. He will be sincerely missed. Our hearts go out to the Powderly family during this difficult time.

Barbara Johnson
   Posted Thu October 08, 2020
So sorry to hear about John. A great guy who always had a smile. I enjoyed waiting on him and his sister Carol years ago when they came in for their weekly pizza at Cape Cod Cafe. It was always a pleasure talking with them both. I remember how he adored when his grandchildren were born. Take care with all your memories of him.
Barbara Johnson

Berry Phillips
   Posted Sat October 10, 2020
John and I were business partners for many years, I was probably a small part of his life but he certainly was a big part of mine. He was absolutely wonderful at finding solutions, negotiating, staying calm, solving problems and keeping people happy and motivated. Together, we started our first and most successful company, MetraByte, in 1983. He was crucial to the company, looking after all the important details that make a business flourish, sales, marketing, manufacturing, personnel, financials, legal – he did the lot and oh those company parties at Benjamins! Everyone who worked there liked him and I know that I can speak for them all when I say that they will remember him with great appreciation. He was always smiling, full of fun and ready to talk and listen, so friendly and easy. Judith and I will miss him greatly, he was such a capable and genial person. His death is a huge loss and our sympathies go to the Powderly family who now have to tackle life ahead without John.

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