McHugh Funeral Home

283 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH


John A. Poznanski

March 17, 1947September 25, 2019

John A. Poznanski, 72, of Weare, passed away suddenly Sept. 25, 2019 in the home he built more than forty years ago.

Born in Manchester on March 17, 1947, he was the son of Stella (Swisz) and Frank Poznanski, and after his mother passed away in 1948, he was raised by his mother, Mildred (Bertrand) Poznanski Clement Poor.

John grew up in Manchester and graduated from Manchester Memorial High School, Class of 1965. While in high school, he developed his carpentry and automotive skills. He graduated from the NH Vocational-Technical College and was licensed as an electrician. He returned to the NH Voc-Tech and was licensed as a plumber/pipefitter and went on to achieve his Master Plumber license. John was a member of Local #131 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union for forty-eight years.

He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, earned the rank of Sergeant, and was awarded the Bronze Star.

John was married to Margaret Nelson on March 29, 1969. They celebrated their fiftieth anniversary earlier this year.

John was a man of faith and his family was among the founding families of St. Pius X Church. For more than forty years, John was a communicant of St. Lawrence Parish in Goffstown and volunteered in various capacities, most recently known for the meatballs he would make for the bereavement ministry.

John will be remembered by his grandchildren as Jagiu and by all for his tremendous cooking and baking abilities, passion for gardening and coin collecting, love of Disney, skills in all things handy, and as a knowledgeable weather enthusiast. His many skills and projects led him to be a loyal and devoted daily Goffstown Ace Hardware groupie.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his parents-in-law, Joseph and Ruth (Ball) Nelson and his sister-in-law, Marilyn Gates.

In addition to his wife, family members include his mother, Mildred; his daughters, Meredith Cook and her husband Charles of Manchester, Melanie Toscano and her husband Rick of Fremont, Meghan Hardy and her husband Donald of Weare, and Jessica Poznanski and her fiancé Keith Anderson of Weare; his grandchildren, Jonathan and Brendan Cook of Manchester, and Sydney and Allie Toscano of Fremont; his brothers, Peter Poznanski of Santa Cruz, CA and Bradley Poznanski and his wife Brenda of Nashua; his sisters, Carolyn Gough and her husband William of Plymouth, MI and Marilyn Griffin and her husband Donald of Lady Lake, FL; his sister-in-law, Joan Porter and her husband Paul of Manchester; his brothers-in-law, William Nelson and his fiancée Jean Foor of Manchester and Robert Nelson and his wife Karen of Weare; his close friend and brother-in-law, Donald Gates II of Fremont; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Calling hours were Friday, October 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at McHugh Funeral Home, 283 Hanover St., corner of Beech St., Manchester.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, October 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 575 Candia Rd., Manchester. The Rite of Committal will be celebrated privately at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in John’s name may be made to Liberty House, 75 West Baker St. Manchester, NH 03103, a nonprofit helping homeless and struggling veterans.


  • Visitation Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, October 5, 2019


John A. Poznanski

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John and Rachel Sylvain

October 4, 2019

So sorry for your loss, prayers sent to your family at this difficult time
Mr. and Mrs. John Sylvain and family

John Otis

October 3, 2019

I am the John, in the middle of the picture above. We have been friends with Poz & Margie since the day we all got married on the same day 50 years ago. We will always be brothers together, no matter what!
Poz was the kindest man you could ever meet, we all could count on Poz for anything! This world is a better place because of Poz.
God be with the family at this time and know that you will be with Poz again in heaven when we see him again!
Love~ John & Sandie

John Ripplinger

October 3, 2019

The story of the 4-John’s as Army buddies that went by Poz, Speed, Jack and Ripp. We meet at Ft Sill OK. then home to get married and then off to Vietnam. Poz we will always be Brothers and send our love to you and Margie and your family. Love Ripp

Amanda Conway

October 2, 2019

An honorable man who loved his family. It was a privilege to have known him. My heart and prayers and love to the family.

John Trisciani

October 2, 2019

Margie and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I 've known John since I was a boy and spent a lot of time traveling and working with John in the Pipefitters Union. John was simply the best man a guy could be to so many of us. He spent a lot of time caring and guiding me as a young man on and off the construction sites. I will miss John for his kindness and who he was to all of us. I will miss his services due to my coaching duties at Saint A's as we head to a game in Ohio. My thoughts are with John and his loved ones. Rest well my friend!!

linda drescher

October 1, 2019

Kind and considerate no question he was a man of faith as it showed in his daughter Megan. I'm sure he will be missed, but I believe he is in a bettet place. Our prayers are with you Megan and family.

Paul Boynton

October 1, 2019

John was one of the kindest, most authentic and helpful men I have ever met. He was always ready to help and when you needed him, he was always there. He was a true family man who loved his family unconditionally. He and his magnificent, warm and friendly smile will be missed by so many, including me. My deepest sympathy to his family. Paul

Cecilia Orlando

October 1, 2019

My cousin-in-law, John, will forever remain in my heart as the quiet, loving, hard working go-to guy. There was never a problem he couldn’t fix nor a challenge that he ran from. I will miss you John especially at the end of Margaret and my “short” phone conversations. I can still hear ,” Love you Cecilia”. Love you too John. Fly high with the angels.

Virginia Larkin

October 1, 2019

Melanie and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. May the peace of our Lord aid all of you to get through this tragic time in your lives. Please know that you are all in our prayers and thoughts. Dave & Ginny
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Evie and Hank Friedrich

September 30, 2019

Margie and family - Hank and I were so very sorry to hear about John. Many fun and happy memories of our years at Daniel's Lake came back to mind. We send our love and prayers at this sad time.