Obituary of John Thomas Stott
John Thomas Stott, a decorated Army Paratrooper who served in Vietnam passed after an extended illness on Friday afternoon, October 14, 2022. He was 74 years old. John was born in Boston. He was one of six children born to Elizabeth and Charles Stott. The family lived in Somerville for a time before settling in Burlington. John spent most of his childhood in Burlington. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Army. He served for almost 3 years, held the rank of Specialist Fourth Class, and spent half his time in Vietnam. He was a member of Company C of the 173 rd Support Battalion (Airborne). He was extremely proud of his service to his country and being a member of the Army Airborne. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, PRC Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and 2 Overseas Bars.
John returned home from Vietnam still just 20 years old. He married, settled in Woburn, and had 3 children. He had several different careers during his working years from being a cook at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, a shipping and receiving clerk, and long-haul trucker. He spent many of his trucking days working for Old Dominion Transportation driving cross country transporting explosives and missiles for the government. He did everything to an extreme. He loved riding motorcycles and had a number of Harleys over the years. He was into weightlifting and running. He could do almost any project around his home from masonry, electrical, fabrication, and carpentry. He loved going to watch his sons play sports as children. There were many family vacations spent on the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire. He loved to cook and was especially proud of his “world famous“ lasagna. He loved listening to music, especially classic rock and Elvis. He was known to spontaneously break out in song. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered as an easy-going man, low maintenance, and once he committed to something he was “all in”.
John is survived by his children, Jason Stott & his wife Dr. Molly Lacy of Pembroke, Timothy Stott of Hudson, and Emily Stott of Lynn. His siblings; Charles Stott & his wife Barbara of Nantucket, Edward Stott & his wife Liz of Vero Beach, FL, Helena “Lee” Stott & her partner John DEMeo of Braintree, Anne Crotty & her husband Dennis of Manchester, NH, and Paul Stott & his wife Janet of Woburn. He was the proud grandfather of Catherine, Lauren, Finnigan, Brennan, Hailey, Jacob, Liam, and Ronald Jr. John was an awsome Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington on Wednesday October 19 from 4-7 p.m. A graveside service at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will be held Wednesday, October 26 at 12:30 p.m. Please arrive to the cemetery 15 minutes early. Memorials in John’s name may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, www.nechv.org, 17 Court St #2601, Boston, MA 02108. For obituary, online guestbook , and video tribute see www.sullivanfuneralhome.net
Edward V. Sullivan
43 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: (781) 272-0050