John Albert Titus
April 10, 1954 – March 9, 2018
John Albert Titus, a long-time resident of Lynn, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the age of 63. Born in Lynn on April 10, 1954, John was the son of the late John J. and Rose (George) Titus. John was raised and educated in Peabody and was a graduate of Peabody Veterans' Memorial High School, class of 1972. A trained machinist, he worked for several local companies, most recently the Sterling Machine Company of Lynn, where he worked for 30 years until his retirement. John was a generous man, who dedicated his free time to the youth of Lynn, spending 40 years as a coach and manager in various youth sports leagues. In the early 1980s, John’s passion for coaching led the West Lynn Braves to become the first West Lynn team since 1969 to win the Lynn Little League City Series. John may be remembered best as a basketball coach and mentor. Former players speak not just of the game lessons he imparted, but also the ones about life. He loved the sport and oversaw many talented players from within the city and accomplished several titles. He coached within the Catholic Youth Organization at St Joseph's Church of Lynn, and was the Program Director of the CYO program at St Mary's Church of Lynn during the 1990s. John also was an AAU basketball coach for the boys and girls of the North Shore Area. He coached several teams including the N.E. Hurricanes, Mass. Storm girls’ team, and was coach and director of the Mass. Renegades. John’s enthusiasm for sports extended to collecting memorabilia, and for several years he owned SST Collectibles, a sport card trading company that participated in collector events and maintained a storefront location in Peabody. John loved to share his interests, and involved his children in them - each in their own unique way.
John leaves his children: Tabatha Titus and her partner, Eric Boe of Salem, Sarah Retalic and her husband, Derek of Saugus, and Christopher Maguire and his wife, Jessica of Attleboro as well as his grandchildren: Emma Titus and Kahlan and Adeline Maguire. John also leaves his siblings: Nicholas Titus of Lynn and Rosemary French of NH as well as many nieces and nephews, including his Goddaughter, Victoria Gerrish. He was preceded in death by his brother, Albert Titus.
UPDATED Monday, March 19th:
Visiting Hours will be held in the CUFFE-McGINN Funeral Home, 157 Maple St. Lynn on WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 from 4 to 7pm. All other service will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to: MSPCA 350 So. Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02130.
- Visiting Hours Wednesday, March 14, 2018
John Albert Titus
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March 14, 2018
Rest in Peach Coach Titus. It feels like it was just yesterday we were getting ready for AAU tournaments at St. Mary's. Thank you for all the memories and life lessons you taught us through basketball. You will be missed.
March 13, 2018
Rest In Peace my old friend. Rick
March 12, 2018
I had the privilege of coaching and learning to coach basketball at St Mary's CYO...We had alot of very good teams and players going on to play some serious ball later in life...We gave those kids a place to go to do something they loved and with John's coaching and mentoring help keep them out of trouble..I learned ALOT about the game from John..RIP Coach Titus...
March 12, 2018
Mr. Titus was a kind soul with a huge heart. He will be missed by all who knew him. Sending love to his friends and family during this most difficult time. RIP, sir.