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John Titus

July 31, 1967January 24, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of John S. Titus of South Dennis, MA shares the news of his unexpected passing on January 24, 2020 at the age of 52.

Born in the Bronx, NY on July 31, 1967, John was the son of the late Oliver and Sonja Titus. John’s family moved to the Cape when he was two years old and settled in Yarmouth Port. He graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in 1985 and went on to earn a Computer Science degree from Cape Cod Community College in 1987. He served as the Information Technology Director at Hospice of Cape Cod for almost twenty years and most recently was employed as IT Director for Child and Family Services of New Bedford.

On June 1, 2002, John married Linda, the love of his life, and became an amazing father to her daughter Heather Pear. He always said “I thought that was the best day of my life, but the years have proved me wrong. Each day since has been better than the last.”

Taking to heart the Walt Disney quote, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” John passionately pursued a long list of hobbies and interests, including painting, acoustic guitar, Civil War history, Disney World, and Star Wars. He was a model train enthusiast and, at one time, owned his own hobby store. Although he was a resident of Massachusetts for fifty years, John remained true to his New York roots and was a die-hard Yankees, Giants, and Rangers fan. John will also be remembered as a talented photographer who had a gift for capturing stunning images of Cape Cod and New England. His work can be seen by visiting JohnTitusPhoto.com

John was known for his calm demeanor, subtle yet ever-present sense of humor, and selfless love of family and friends. He was a loving husband, devoted father, cool big brother, fun and goofy uncle, supportive co-worker, and trusted friend. John will forever be missed by all who knew him.

Thank you, John, for enriching the lives of all who knew you with HO locomotives, stormtroopers, hidden Mickeys, and for showing us, through your lens, the beauty in a sunrise. In addition to his wife, Linda Titus (Grippen); John is survived by his daughter, Heather Pear; brothers Matthew and Andrew Titus; nieces Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel Titus; cousin Gail Nickerson; her daughters, Evelyn Sirignano and Lilia Davis; and their daughters, Willow, Niamh, Della, and Rebecca.

The family would like to invite those who cherished John to remember him with a Celebration of Life at the Bass Hole Boardwalk (Linda and John’s “Boulevard”) in Yarmouth Port on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 (the day after John’s birthday).

As a devoted father, John’s wish was for Heather to complete her education as a nursing student. Donations in John’s memory may be made to a fund established for this purpose. Checks, made payable to Heather Pear, may be sent to: The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, 1470 Orleans Road, Rte. 39, East Harwich MA 02645. Note in memo 5290


  • Services are private


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Beverly Hopkins

February 12, 2020

I never met John, but worked with Linda. I am shocked to learn of this news and having been widowed a few years ago, understand the intense sorrow, grief, anger and pain being experienced by Linda, Heather and all family members. I will be praying for you all.


Kevin Sylver

February 12, 2020

My condolences to the entire Titus family. I'm so sorry to hear of Johns passing. What a great sense of humor he had. We went to school together, and John and I worked together at the Christmas Tree Shop in Yarmouthport in the late 1980's. We had some fun times.

Darlene da Silva

February 8, 2020

To the family of John, I’ll alway remember his kindness for being so understanding and helpful with all the technology he under stood and helped us that could not. He was always so patient with us.

Ellen McCabe

February 8, 2020

My wonderful memories of John overwhelm my heart with love and sadness for you Linda, Heather and all of John's family. John's creativity, intelligence, patience (seemingly unending), gentle, fun nature made everything he touched better.
John and I were in orientation at Hospice of Cape Cod together back in 2000. He was very friendly and as we made small talk I learned that he was dating this striking and beautiful blond woman that I had just been introduced to (you, Linda!!!). John touched every single person that worked at Hospice of Cape Cod, then Hope thru IT. He took a group of very reluctant nurses that loved their paper and pens and trained, encouraged them to overcome resistance, retrieved passwords, managed lost and damaged equipment, implemented security systems to protect the privacy of our patients, all while maintaining excellence.
One of John's amazing traits was taking interest in something you were interested in. I worked with John for almost 20 years.
He also pulled great pranks with such subtle approach, that I fell for them every time even when I was expecting it!

Most touching: His love for Linda and pride in Heather in whatever she was doing

Most surprising: What a gifted painter he was. I remember my shock the first time I saw one of his canvases. AMAZING.

Best prank: he hid a little electronic chirping device (that chirped so randomly I could not tell where it was coming from) in the back of a file draw. I tore my office apart for 3 days before begging John to come to my office to figure out what it could be...a very slight smile gave him away.

Most treasured: how kind, funny, patient and wise he was. Nothing seemed to ruffle his feathers. He was so well rounded with so many interests...a true renaissance man.
Most thoughtful: I made him a clock out computer parts once, and even though it never worked well, he still left it hanging in his office.
I am so incredibly sad for his passing, he was one of a kind.

Scott Lundegren

February 7, 2020

My friend for over 30 years, I'm so heartbroken at the loss of you. I just have no words. I cherish all of the wonderful memories I have of the times we spent together.

Betty Ann Larkowski

February 6, 2020

OMG, I didn't know about John. Dear Linda, I'm heart broken. What a great man. My heart goes out to you and Heather. Love you and sending hugs. Betty Ann

Manny Silva

February 1, 2020

I was so sad to hear of the passing of John, a man who, to the five of us in the I.T. Department at Child and Family, was not only a professional who did his job well, but he went beyond just being a “boss.” We only got to know John for about a year. But in that year, we knew him well enough to say that we give honor and dignity to his life. He was a model supervisor. He was kind. He was patient. He was professional. And he had this knack of making jokes and breaking the ice at just the right time at our weekly meetings! And at least for me, I looked forward to the next "jab" that he sent my way! His calm demeanor helped us many a time when we were concerned about the day to day problems that we encountered. He did a great job in moving us in the right direction.

To his wife Linda and the family, I send my deepest condolences for your loss. We can only attest to the man we knew and give you words of some comfort and let you know how glad we were that he was a part of our professional lives, even for a short time. We will always remember him. May the peace of God come into your hearts and minds and help you in these difficult times.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18)

Judith Ward

January 31, 2020

I was so saddened to here of Johns passing. My memories of John are from working together at Hope Hospice. He always had a smile and was so patient with those of us non techies. Such a gentle, kind man. I don’t know how many calls it took for me to get,if in doubt, shut it off and restart! I was in Florida and brought my phone to Verizon and the guy turned it off and back on and it was fine. I said my IT guy would be mad at me for forgetting that! The only time he didn’t really appreciate the joke was when his Yankee memorabilia on his door was replaced with Red Sox stuff!
My hope for his family is that you are able to find some peace in knowing what a wonderful man John was and how much he was cared about. My world is that much smaller knowing John is not walking this earth.

Carol & David Evans

January 30, 2020

So very sorry for your loss.

Jodi Nickinello

January 29, 2020

Such a kind and wonderful person. I appreciate all that you for me at Hope! You left us too soon! Travel Disney mug in hand and a warm hello for all! Deepest condolences to your family, especially Linda, and Heather . May God Bless you all!