John Franklin Hope Jr.

June 8, 1955July 6, 2020

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, John Franklin Hope, Jr, 65, of Keene New Hampshire passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020 from injuries sustained in a tractor trailer roll-over while returning with a load from Wentworth, New Hampshire. An immediate outpouring of love from family, friends, and co-workers paints a clear picture of John's impact on those around him. A professional tractor trailer driver for over 40 years, he proudly served the local and greater community. John was a hard-working, genuine individual, who would lend a hand whenever possible. He cherished spending time with family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew his generous and loving nature. He will affectionately be remembered for having a sense of humor and love of lasagna like Garfield, his favorite comic character.

John was born on June 8, 1955 to Juliet C. (Bleau) & John F. Hope, Sr. in Keene, New Hampshire. He grew up locally and graduated from Keene High School. John’s first jobs were working for H & W Tire (now Tire Warehouse), the City of Keene Highway and Water Works Divisions and Cersosimo, before following his ambition to be a professional Tractor Trailer Driver like his father and 3 of his siblings. He drove for Manchester Central in Weare, NH, Ward Trucking in Ashfield, MA and Idlenot Dairy in Keene. He then joined his two oldest brothers driving for Wetterau/Supervalu for 15 years until the Keene Division closed.

Supervalu’s closing created an opportunity for John to follow the dream of owning his own “Big Rig”. He accomplished that dream and went into business as JF Hope Transport, LLC for the next 14 years. He was leased to A. Duie Pyle of PA, Quality Carriers of MA & VT and GMH Transport of VT during that time hauling reefers, box trailers or tankers. Although it was very hard work he was proud to be an Owner Operator. Even though a day never went by without calling home, John eventually decided to shut down his business to be closer to family. He returned to the workforce driving for Cersosimo Lumber in 2015, where he remained employed until his passing.

Driving truck provided John ample opportunity to nurture his passion for observing wildlife. He found great enjoyment seeing other parts of the country as he travelled the Northeast and Eastern Seaboard. John delighted in sharing stories and photographs of moose and numerous other animals he encountered. He had a deep respect for all living things, and frequently advocated to protect the environment.

John’s hobbies included building exact replicas of other people’s tractor trailers, often giving them as gifts. He restored his own 52 Chevy pickup from the frame up with the help of his brother Ron and his friend Mooney. He never ceased to amaze with his extensive knowledge of history, music, movies, and especially all things transportation. He enjoyed going to antique truck shows, riding his Harley, having coffee with his friends and reminiscing about the 50+ years of mischief with his best buddy Denis. Most important to him was time spent with the people he loved and his beloved pets (especially his boxer Gracie and rescue lab Rebel).

John married his high school sweetheart, Dawn (Fitzroy) Hope on March 2, 1974. They were married over 46 years and enjoyed many adventures together. Besides his wife, John is survived by their daughters Melanie R. Hope of Keene and Sarah M. McLaughlin (and Patrick) of Alstead. He was blessed with 5 grandchildren, Zoë E. Hope and Noah, Gabriella, Juliana and Isaiah Maragh and 2 step-granddaughters, Kiera and Molly McLaughlin.

In addition he leaves behind his siblings, David (and Barbara) Hope, William (and Brenda) Hope, Sr., Ronald (and Juanita) Hope, Sharon (and Norman) Roussell and Daniel Hope who all live locally, his brother-in-law Robert Fitzroy, sister-in-laws Cynthia (Cinni) Donovan and Brenda (and Nelson) Lanoue all of Massachusetts, several aunts, many cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family.

John was predeceased by his parents, his in-laws Ruth M. (McHaffie) & Herbert H. Fitzroy, sister-in-law Doris Hope, brother-in-law Ivan Donovan, niece Andrea (Hope) Turner, nephew Christopher Hope and aunts, uncles and cousins. John also was predeceased by twin daughters Stephanie and Nicole who were born prematurely.

In lieu of flowers John would wish any donations be made in his honor to The National Wildlife Federation (, ASPCA (, Monadnock Humane Society, 101 W. Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH 03446 ( or other charity of your choice.


  • Private services were held for immediate family.


John Franklin Hope Jr.

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Bruce Currier

August 8, 2020

To Dawn and all of the Hope family I send you all hugs and prayers. When Denis Abrams called me I was crushed Denis and I still talk about John every time we see each other and that's very often. I first meet John when he and his family lived on Water St. in the summer of 1969 not knowing we would share classes with each other in High School and what a blast we all had in school I remember as if it was yesterday Johnny always talking about how all he wanted to do was drive tractor-trailer The last time I talked with him we were talking about how when Johnny, Denis and I are all done working we can get together and sit drink coffee and solve the worlds problems. Now Ole pal you get to drive that Gold tractor-trailer working for the lord. God Bless You pal, I pray the Lord watches over your family & Friends.

Bob and Linda Bergevin

July 21, 2020

Bob and I send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Hope family as they grieve the loss of John Jr. There are no words to make the pain go away, but take comfort in knowing he is at peace, and know that his legacy of hard word, love of family and this good earth, will live on in the hearts of all who loved him. With Sympathy and Prayers - Linda & Bob Bergevin - Surry, NH

Michael Patenaude

July 13, 2020

Sending my condolences to the John Hope family. I Worked with John , David and Bill at Wetterau/SuperValu. I never saw John in a bad mood. Always upbeat with a smile and positive attitude. Hard worker, like all the Hope"s.
Another Union Brother gone, way to soon. May you rest in peace John.

Carolyn Pierson

July 13, 2020

Many memories John . So sorry that your life was stolen so soon.
When my Warren had passed it was you that rode with me on our bikes for an event for Toys for Tots in the surrounding Towns . And the care and concern you had when I went over my handles bars when taking a left turn but we finished the ride.
When your ankle was hurt in an accident and taking you to the lake for therapy helping your recovery. The trip to Loon mountain for Sarah's 16th birthday we all had a great time. That was a day when you created a new word while mentioning something that happened earlier your word was "Aheadahand" it was so appropriate and memorable. You will be truly missed and always remembered from all of us. Carolyn

Kelly Knight

July 11, 2020

I am so sorry for this tragic loss. I am absolutely heartbroken for the family. I think about you all and pray for you everyday. I have so many wonderful memories with you it’s impossible to share just one. Let the beautiful memories you have together comfort you as best they can. Please know that I am here for you all if there is anything I can do. Hugs and love to you.

Jay Burgmeier

July 11, 2020

Having worked driving at Cersosimo and still driving although for a different company now and running many of the same routes as John I always looked forward to seeing him in passing by and chatting on the cb even if only briefly. I will miss seeing him on the road.God bless you John.

Sandy Coutu

July 10, 2020

I didn't have a lot of interactions with John, he would bring in his truck for repairs where I work. He was also very polite ,professional and friendly. He will be missed by many thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Patricia White-Hughes

July 10, 2020

Dawn - I remember you well from our business education classes at Keene High School. I did not know John well in high school except as your boyfriend, and it is apparent from his obituary that I sadly missed knowing the wonderful person he grew up to be. Deepest condolences to you and your family from Patti

Karen Wrobel

July 10, 2020

Dawn and Family,

My heart has ached since I heard of John's passing, we have had so many conversations since both of our spouses were on the road every day. I only met John a few times in all the years we have worked together, but I feel like I knew him because of all the stories you would tell about him. If you need anything you know how to reach me. I know there is never going to be anything anyone can say that would ever make it easier for you or your family, but keep all of the memories close.
Karen Wrobel

Don Driscoll

July 10, 2020

My thoughts and prayer are with Dawn and family during this very difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.