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John Warren Ayers, Jr.

December 14, 1940 ~ October 15, 2022 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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John Ayers, Jr. Obituary

John W. Ayers, Jr. age 81, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at his home in Lakeville, MA, under the care of hospice, his daughter Kara, and his beloved wife Fran, who was faithfully by his side. He had valiantly fought pulmonary hypertension for two years.

Born in Weymouth, MA, on Saturday, December 14, 1940, he was the son of the late Blanche (Brown) Ayers and John W. Ayers, Sr. and was raised in Hingham, MA. John graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master's of Science in Engineering Management. He retired from Raytheon Corporation at the age of 71. In addition to many US states his career took him to countries including Australia, Norway, Japan, Switzerland, and Spain. He was a member of the Project Management Institute and authored two books on Project Risk Management. He presented webinars to PMI, conducted weekly podcasts on, wrote weekly articles for APM (Association for Project Management), and CERM (Certified Enterprise Risk Management), wrote dozens of papers on project related topics for LinkedIn, and was developing an online course at the time of his death. John was also a member of the LRRG, (Lakeville Residents for Responsible Growth), a group who is currently working with all interested parties on the development of the Lakeville Hospital Property and was a former member of the Lakeville Lions Club.

John proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army, during the Vietnam War, and taught Construction Engineering at Fort Belvoir, in Virginia. He was passionate about golf, which he had played since his youth. He and Fran enjoyed seasonal camping in Wells, ME.

In addition to his wife Francine (O’Hara) Ayers, John is survived by his children: Stephen Ayers and his wife Ronica of New Albany, OH, Kara Ayers and her husband Andrew Virostek of Lakeville, MA, Seann Ayers and his wife Monica Berumen of Phoenix, AZ, Thomas Hughes of Portland, ME, and Kellie Hughes of Riverview, FL, and daughter-in-law Donna Lloyd Ayers of Stoughton, MA, his brothers: Thomas Ayers of New Jersey, Donald Ayers and his wife Florence of Lynnfield, MA, Ronald Ayers of South Boston, MA, Gerald Ayers and his wife Betty of Pinehurst, NC, Edward Ayers and his wife Jennifer of Middleton, ID, sisters: Nancy Wade of Burke, VA, and Kathleen D’Amico and her partner Ken Machnik of Raynham, MA, former wife Kathleen Knorr of Hingham, MA, and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his son, Christopher Ayers of Stoughton, MA, and brothers Russell Ayers of Hull, MA, and Charles Ayers of Braintree, MA.

John’s greatest joy was his family and he cherished spending time with them. Also, his friends of many years, and his recent fellow campers. He was known as Gumpy and Grampy to his grandchildren Razelle, Morgan, Rhiannon, Mars, Liam, Sydney, Parker, Nila, Nari, Makiah, Isla, and Maverick. Like his own children, they were barely toddlers when he would ask them what their “five-year plan” was. He was unfailingly devoted to all of us. The void will not be filled but love never dies.

Burial services for John will be private for the family. A public Celebration of Life will be held in December. Memorial donations in John’s name may be sent to the

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A Private Family Service Will Be Held At A Later Date

Veterans Cemetery @ Thompson Hill Cemetery
Rhode Island Road, Route 79
Lakeville, MA 02347


The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation
P.O. BOX 1912, East Greenwich RI 02818
Tel: 1-401-398-7785


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