John Hull Halvorson
February 12, 1942 – May 13, 2020
HARWICH -- John Hull Halvorson, 78, died Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from complications of Alzheimer’s. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Hawthorne Parker and Gladys Kenrick Halvorson; his first wife, Linda Moses Halvorson; and his sister, Alicia Gutierrez Raymond. He is survived by his wife, Terry Daniels Halvorson, and his four daughters and their families: Kristin Lara Halvorson of Paris, France; Paige Woodsum Rand and her husband Nathaniel Rand of Hingham, MA; Zoe Jaye Halvorson of Woodstock, VT; and Josephine Norton Halvorson and her husband Peter Buckley of New Marlborough, MA. He is also survived by one nephew, Geoffrey Clark, and by six grandchildren: Owen, Mia, Ava, Emmett, Lucien, and Caroline.
John was born at Boston City Hospital in 1942 and attended Wellesley High School, graduating in 1959. He studied philosophy, geology, religion, and art at Wesleyan University and Boston University where he earned his BA in 1966. Working at his father’s Texaco station off Route 9, John gained an appreciation of chemistry, craft, and mechanics, which led him to work with metal throughout his professional life. He had careers as an artist, teacher, and custom metal worker. John’s kinetic sculptures were exhibited throughout Cape Cod in the 1970s. He taught art and ran the shops at Sandwich High School from 1970 to 1981.
John married Terry in 1980 and settled in Brewster, where they co-founded Rose Forge, Inc. For over four decades, they have run a blacksmith forge and metal shop where they have fabricated custom architectural, artistic, and practical pieces. Their business evolved over time and incorporated alternative heating products, which they installed in thousands of homes throughout the Cape and Islands. Through their business, they mentored a number of very special young people. For over thirty years, John served the public as a member and chair of the Brewster Historic District Commission. In 2006, he retired from Rose Forge and dedicated the rest of his life to Alcoholics Anonymous, becoming a Master Gardener, and spending time with his beloved grandchildren. He was passionate about music, ice cream, hiking in the White Mountains, and loved taking “a quick dip in the bay."
A celebration of John’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod. https://www.alzheimerscapecod.org/ For online condolences, please visit http://www.nickersonfunerals.com
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
John Hull Halvorson
June 2, 2020
Terry, I am saddened to learn of John's passing, he was a great guy and always fun to talk with. He was also blessed with some of his father's cantankerousness (if that's a word). I'm sure he will be missed by all who knew him.
June 2, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was always so eager to help when I would stop by Rose Forge, thinking I was a customer needing a fill. He was a lovely man. Please know I am thinking of you and feel your pain through these most difficult times.
May 31, 2020
Mr. Halverson let me keep my own designated box of Cray-pas in the art room closet. Other people were so hard on them and broke them. He understood how frustrating that would be for me. He tried to help me. He took a few of us to visit art schools in Boston. Later I got into Mass Art. He exposed his students to a variety of methods and materials. We liked him, though he was quirky and not soft-tempered. He was honest and direct and did not suffer fools gladly. Because we thought he was cool, I bought pants like his at Buttners in Hyannis. I still have them. They are my Mr. Halverson pants. Off-white, loosely hung, cuffed, no pleats. Thank you for being our art teacher, Mr. Halverson.
May 30, 2020
I am so sad to hear of John's passing. I have many fond memories that we shared as friends during the 70's. He was a very talented artist, home builder, and indeed a truly creative individual. He always brought out the talents of others, and many of us consider him to have been their mentor. He will be sorely missed. My sincerest condolences to Terry (my classmate and friend) and all his children and grandchildren, as I share their sadness in the loss of a remarkable human being. I consider myself so lucky to have known him, and so glad that our paths crossed in life. Sending love and prayers to you all.
Cindy Hughes Nock
May 30, 2020
Mr. Halvorson was a great teacher and artist. I know he inspired countless people to be lifelong artists including myself. I will never forget him. My sincerest condolences to my friend Terry.
May 25, 2020
I was lucky enough to have had Mr. Halverson as a teacher in high school. He was a kind soul and always had an encouraging word. He will never be forgotten. My best to his family.
May 18, 2020
I had Mr. Halvorson all through High school He was a great teacher, I often tell friends that I learned more from him than any other teacher, We built the forge together, And he got me a student of the month award, I will always have a place in my heart for him. A great loss and a great man.
David M and Carla Wood
May 17, 2020
Sincererest sympathy at this time to John's family.