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John J. Ferrara died peacefully on May 12, 2022, in Beaufort, SC at the age of 71, with his wife by his side. John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Paula; his son Jonathon and partner Sheri Muscarella in Mystic, CT; his daughter Jessica Dime and her husband Tim in Conroe, TX; his sisters Marilyn Mlynek and Delores Hanrahan in CT and his brother, Tom Ferrara in FL. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mary Ferrara; his sister Rosemary Ferrara and his beloved grandson Nathan Joseph Stiefel.

John was born on Aug. 9, 1950, in Stamford, CT and grew up in Port Chester, NY. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 1972. He moved his family to Westbrook, CT in 1977.

John worked as Customer Service Manager for Pilot Corp. for 20 years and retired in 2017 as Exec. Dir. of Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore.

John was an active community volunteer his entire life. He was an Eagle Scout and became Scout Master in Westbrook. He was active in Republican politics in Westbrook and CT serving as Westbrook Republican Town Committee Chairman, State Central Committeeman for the 33rd Senatorial District, and Treasurer for Grassroots East. He served as Westbrook Board of Finance Chairman and on numerous Westbrook ad hoc committees. John was a mentor for the Southeastern CT Chapter of SCORE and after moving to Beaufort 5 years ago, a mentor for SC Lowcountry SCORE focusing on veterans and non-profits. He was awarded Mentor of the Year for 2019. John is a member of the Beaufort County Republicans, St. Peters Catholic Church, and Vice President of the Marsh Harbor HOA.

John was an avid New York Yankee fan and enjoyed nothing more than seeing the Yanks beat the Socks. He followed UCONN basketball especially the girls and the NY Giants Football Team.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Holy Cross Mission, St. Helena Island.

A memorial Mass will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 17th at Holy Cross Mission.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to SC Lowcountry SCORE.

Online Condolences

  1. Judy Helms says:

    Dear friend Paula: I am broken-hearted for you and the rest of your family. Please know I will be thinking of you on Tuesday and every day to follow. Love you much
    Judy Helms

  2. Patty Roberts says:

    My friend, saddened to hear of your passing.
    You truly were an awesome person.. i will never forget you, or many conversations, your sense of humor and your kind heart. We were cut from the same cloth. I am grateful to have known you and cant help but smile when i think of you.

  3. Sandy Leath says:

    My condolences to John’s loved ones. I knew John as a SCORE colleague. What an impressive, knowledgeable, patient, and kind man. He will be missed by all the many lives he touched. God bless your family.

  4. John and Jeanne-Marie Harrocks says:

    Dear Paula,

    We fondly remember meeting you and John at the Hanrahan home in Trumbull in 2011, prior to the wedding of Kathy and Chris.

    Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Best wishes,

    John and Jeanne-Marie Harrocks
    Winchester, Hampshire, England

  5. Cathie Doane says:

    Dear Paula,

    I am so very saddened to learn of John’s passing. Always an encouraging, loving, and positive man, I know he will be missed by so many. Remembering years back of being with you both and sharing our walks and talks together at West Beach.

    Please know that my heart is with you, Paula, and with your children.

  6. Karen and Ed Stachura says:

    Paula, Ed and I are so saddened to learn about John’s passing. We feel privileged to have known through St. Marks and WRTC. He was such a kind, loving man! Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
    Ed and Karen

  7. Peter Veneto says:

    I knew John though his work with SCORE Beaufort. Always willing to go above and beyond what was needed to help his clients or the chapter. My sincerest condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed by family and his many colleagues in SCORE

  8. Kathryn S Katz says:

    Paula: Sincere condolences. I remember the times Sandy and I enjoyed being with you and John at our mutual friends homes. Remember the good times, we were blessed to have had such fine men in our lives as John and Sandy. Kathy Katz

  9. Erin Darke says:

    I remember my Uncle John as a kind and loving person. I have such fond memories of his friendly face and positive presence at family gatherings. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and send all of my love to my Aunt Paula and cousins Jonathan and Jessie.

  10. Linda Ann Morales says:

    Dear Paula!

    My heart is beyond broken to hear of John’s passing! He was truly a wonderful, fun, caring and gentle person. I enjoyed our time together while working with LVVS. He was passionate and dedicated to the mission and values of LVVS.

    I will always have fond memories of John!
    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Rest in peace my friend!

  11. Lucy Nobile says:

    To John’s family,
    I am a tutor at Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore in Westbrook. I knew John when he was the Executive Director. He was so very empathetic with the students. He was an excellent Director. We were lucky to have him and missed him after he left. I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. Maureen Mazzacane says:

    Certain people leave an indelible mark on this world through their love & devotion to family, personal strength, compassion, and willingness to always reach out to help others. John was a special man who left a mark that will never be erased. He will always live on in our hearts.
    I am so grateful for the 44 years we were friends. I am sending much love & strength to Paula, his children, siblings and dear friends.
    God Bless you all !

  13. Francis D Ambruso says:

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing, we recently were in contact and I was looking forward to communicating more with him about my service.

    My heart goes out to Paula and there children, Tom, Marilyn, Dee, and all the Ferrara And Ambruso’ family’s.

    Semper Fi

    Francis and Sandra Ambruso
    Star, Idaho

  14. Daniel Ambruso says:

    Sorry to hear of Johns passing. All of my condolences to Paula and the entire Ferrara family. He will be missed dearly. Daniel Ambruso

  15. Bob Potter says:

    Dear Paula and the Ferrara Family,

    I am so saddened to learn of John’s passing. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with John for a number of years as SCORE volunteers in Old Saybrook, CT.

    He was always ready to help everyone in our SCORE chapter – and especially me as a new chair. There was never a request, or question, or can you help me on this that John wouldn’t be there to provide.

    It was an honor to know John who was the definition of a good man who will be missed by so many.

    With deepest sympathies,
    Bob Potter
    Old Lyme, CT

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