John T. Fletcher Jr.

November 7, 1915November 15, 2012

Fletcher Jr., John T age 97 of Pompano Beach, FL passed away on November 15th, 2012. Born November 7th, 1915 in Sommerville, Mass. To John T. Fletcher and Stella M. Balcom Fletcher. As a young man, his family moved to Bellows Falls, Vermont and in 1934 he graduated from Bellows Falls High School. He was also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business in 1939. Completing ROTC, he joined the United States Army Air Force and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater as a supply officer under General MacArthur. At war’s end, in 1944 he worked in the Pentagon where he met Norma Beatrice Stocker and in 1946 they were married. Moving back to Bellows Falls he took over the family business, Fletcher’s News, which he operated until 1997. While there he became a member of the United Church of Bellow Falls. For 20 years he marketed and taught the Dale Carnegie Course. In 1999 he moved to Pompano Beach, FL and in 2001 he met Marjorie Andrews where they shared 9 of their golden years together doing Ballroom dancing and cruising all over the world. A member of the Pompano Beach Elks Club he also joined the John Knox Rotary Club. He is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years and daughter Barbara. Surviving are his son, William and wife, Renee; granddaughter, Molly and husband, Adam; and by his great-grandson, Justin. A memorial service will be at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 1st in the John Knox Village Auditorium. Burial will follow in Acton, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: American Heart Association or to the John Knox Village Health Center. Arrangements were made by: Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 200 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, FL 33062. Phone: 954-941-4111.


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March 18, 2013

Dearst Bill,

I just found out about your dad. God rest his soul. I have kept you, your mom and dad, and your sister Barbara in my prayers since you were here in California back in 1967. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of each of them. I always pictured them happy and content living Bellows Falls, along with you. Please know that I will have Masses said for all of them. I still have the cookbook your mother sent me in 1967. I use it all the time and think fondly of her kindness. I live a few miles away (Cerritos, CA) from Colonel Benoit's old home in Seal Beach, California. I'm so glad that I had a chance so many decades ago to interact with your family. I hope you and your wife and family have a wonderful life ahead. God bless all of you. With Love and Prayers, Eileen Kenworthy McKinney

Phil & Donna Simoneau

March 14, 2013

It was an honor to have purchased Fletcher's from your Dad in 1997. We knew it was the most extraordinary business in town. Your Dad was the most well known business man that everyone knew well and respected. He maintained such a unique kind of store along with being the oldest Vt Transit Bus Station. He touched so many lives over the years and nobody will ever forget Fletcher's. Your Dad will be fondly remembered by everone that crossed his path. We were especially glad to stay in contact with him when he moved to Florida to be with his family. Our Son, Scott will never forget your Dad and the visit he had in Florida with him. Hold those fond memories in your hearts forever, we will. God Bless you and your Family

Chris Andreasson

December 10, 2012

We Vermont Transit drivers remember John fondly, and he was very proud that his store served as the Bellows Falls Bus Stop for over half a century. He took good care of us and our passengers. We remember his hello and his smile from the upper office when we came in. He lived a good life for sure.
Chris Andreasson

November 26, 2012

Bill, Your dad was always inviting us kids into the house during our after school, evening runs around town. The store was the center of activity after school and after the $0.35 movies at the Cinema. Everyone remembers your dad and his charisma in running the store. He was an interesting and unique man,

with sympathy,

Paul Workman, Mt Juliet, TN

November 26, 2012

We will miss the opportunity to hear more of John's stories of his past and the guidance of his wisdom for the future. He lived a full and vibrant life and we were lucky to have met such a gentleman. He was blessed with a wonderful family and we hope you will hold your memories close as these initial months without him confront you. It is in these memories you will never lose him.
With deepest sympathy,
Nancy and Ernie Fenton and Family (Marjorie's daughter)

November 25, 2012

Bill, your classmates will always remember meeting at "Fletcher's" after school for a coke and to hang out. We send you and your family our our deepest sympathies as we mourn the loss of your dad and times gone by.

November 24, 2012

John possessed one of the finest wits you could ever imagine to find in a variety store. Enjoyed many an exchange with this gentleman.

Carol James

November 23, 2012

I enjoyed John Fletcher's store so much. If he was working you could not get out the door without buying something. If your hands were empty he knew you couldn't find what you were looking for. He would come downstairs from his office and ask what you needed and he would get it for you off the shelf. He was so helpful and that store had everything you needed for office supplies or school supplies. Everything in that store was placed strategically. I missed him so much when he retired and sold the store. I am glad he had many years of retirement. Prayers and thoughts to his son, daughter in law and grandchild. He will be well remembered in Bellows Falls Vt.

Stefan Golec

November 23, 2012

John was a downtown fixture in The Square and an icon and I always enjoyed my conversations with John at the news stand ( Fletchers in Bellows Falls )a place rich in history and a step back in time.

He will truly be missed!

May God bless him and his family and friends!

November 22, 2012

I am sorry to hear of John's passing. He made Fletchers one of the most influential institutions of my formative years. I always looked forward to talking to John on Sunday mornings and felt he knew just how to handle all aspects of perhaps the best run business in the State of Vermont. Paul Clarey, BFHS Class of 1954.