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Obituary for R. John Livermore

Roland John Livermore, a lifelong resident of Acton, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, March 12th 2024 at the age of 82.

John was born in Concord MA in 1941 to Roland Osweld Livermore and Frances (Yarnell) Livermore. He was the middle child with younger sister Ellen (Livermore) Higgins and older sister Caroline (Livermore) Crowell. He spent his entire life in Acton, MA aside from his time serving in the US Navy.

John grew up in a hard-working family always helping his father with whatever needed to be done around the house, town, or farm, often with their family tractor. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Navy where he fulfilled his service on the submarine tender USS Howard Gilmore based out of Charleston South Carolina. Upon leaving the US Navy he became a vacuum welder for McPherson Instruments where he worked for well over 50 years on precision optical instruments and systems for measuring and characterizing spectra.

Through his sister Ellen, he met Elaine Bshara from Sandford Maine whom he married in 1968. John and Elaine had two children, April and Will, whom they raised in Acton.

Aside from being a devoted husband, John plowed neighbors’ driveways, coached many youth sports teams, could fix anything for family or friends, and loved to maintain his yard. He lived by the motto “if you are going to do something, do it right” and instilled that work ethic into his children and anyone else who was fortunate enough to work with him.

Throughout his entire life he had a passion for creating metal sculptures in his workshop/garage up until only a few months ago. His yard in Acton at any point in time could have 40-50 pieces on display, often times leading to conversations about his work with random drivers passing by who were compelled to stop. He has a sculpture at the Acton Memorial Library, the Discovery Museum in Acton, as well as many residential yards across MA of those who were fortunate enough to acquire one of his works of art.

Equal to his love of metal art was his love for his four grandchildren which he spent time with from diapers to soccer fields and ice rinks, nothing made him prouder. John was an incredible husband, father, grandfather, who always helped anyone who needed it with a great sense of humor and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Elaine L. (Bshara) Livermore, his daughter April (Livermore) Skripps (husband Gabe), his son Will Livermore (wife Sarah), and his beloved grandchildren Colton, Elyse, Emma, and Lea.

John's family is extremely grateful to the team at Mass General for his treatment, and Care Dimensions Hospice House for taking such amazing care of him, and his family, in his final days with us.

Visiting hours will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, March 18th in the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Avenue (Rte. 111) Acton, MA 01720.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Care Dimensions or to Mass General Cancer Center Fund (specific program or area ‘uveal melanoma’)