John P. Raleigh

“Even though you have mountains to climb, always stay humble and kind.”

John Patrick Raleigh passed on 11/22/2017 to reunite with his brother, Brian Emmett Raleigh, in Heaven. He was 27 years old. John was painfully blessed a wise soul and a deeply tender heart. You could see in his eyes that he understood things about life that seemed to escape most people. He was quiet and unassuming….humble and kind. He was a man of few words and had a smile that would light up a room.

There was another side to John, too - a side that always caught you off guard because it was often so unexpected. It was his profound wit. He once pondered, “I wonder how much time people save by typing the letter ‘u’ instead of spelling out the word. What do they do with all that extra time?” That was typical of John’s funny and insightful take on things most people didn’t think twice about.

John was also a deep thinker with a beautiful soul. For example, the reason he had the words “cellar door” tattooed behind his left ear was because, as he said, it was a combination of words that were considered beautiful purely in terms of their sound without regard for their meaning…..an example of euphony that he innately understood.

There were many layers to John. Mostly, though, he was kind-hearted, and it was the depth of his heart that defined him as a human being. He believed that kindness should be a way of life, and he lived that belief. He once quoted lyrics to a Tim McGraw song that spoke what he felt: “Even though you have mountains to climb, always stay humble and kind.” John could be no other way.

When John loved, his love knew no bounds. This was especially true when it came to his family. His devoted Mom and Dad (Tracy and Paul), beloved brother (Mike) and sisters (Jess and Cat) and adoring Gram will forever miss his quiet presence, his amazing sense of humor, his brilliant smile, his gentle soul.

Life will not be the same without you in it, John. You will be missed and cherished by your entire family and by all of who had the honor of truly knowing and loving you. May your soul rest in the peace of God’s Grace…..until we meet again.

John’s family has opted for private services. They ask only that you make it a point to perform an act of kindness every day in honor of him. God Bless.

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Guestbook


First Name: Denise
Last Name: O'Donnell
City: Bridgewater
State: MA
Country: USA
Entry Date: 11/26/2017

My sincerest condolences to the entire Raleigh family. My heart breaks for you all. Rest in eternal peace Johnny.❤


First Name: Jennifer
Last Name: Curley
City: Plymouth
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 11/26/2017

John and I were in the same grade in Plymouth, and I have very fond memories of him! We stayed in touch all these years, and he comforted me when my father passed last year. I will sincerely miss my friend, and my most heartfelt sorry goes to his parents, sisters, brother, and Gram. John was a wonderful soul <3


First Name: Johm
Last Name: Bird
City:
State: MA
Country:
Entry Date: 11/26/2017

My condolences to the family! I loved him like a brother and I will miss him for the rest of my life... I never will find a friend like him... He was so genuine and such a good friend he and I were always together and I will not be the same without him.. I love you John and you will be truly missed. Until we meet again.. I hope you find the peace you so deserve with your brother.


First Name: Zachary
Last Name: Bishop
City: Haverhill
State: MA
Country:
Entry Date: 11/26/2017

John will be very missed in our circle of friends. There’s no doubt in my mind the impact he had on my life changed me for the better. I am eternally grateful, and blessed to have shared time and space with him. My deepest condolences to his family.


First Name: Muriel
Last Name: Petersheim
City: Louisville
State: KY
Country: USA
Entry Date: 11/27/2017

My heart goes out to your family and the lives of everyone you touched. I miss you greatly, friend. I'll never forget that smile.


First Name: Meg
Last Name:
City:
State: MA
Country:
Entry Date: 11/27/2017

RIP John. Although I didn’t know you very well or very long.. in the short time we worked together I met a beautiful soul and will never forget that or you. My condolences go out to your family at this tough time. May you rest in the sweetest peace my friend. ❤️


First Name: Andrew
Last Name: Fox
City: Pawtucket
State: RI
Country:
Entry Date: 11/27/2017

John was a big burst of sunshine in my day. I am deeply saddened about this great loss. My deepest condolences to John's family, and everyone that he touched along the way.

With love,
Andrew


First Name: Hannah
Last Name: Carnes
City: Taunton
State: MA
Country: Usa
Entry Date: 11/27/2017

My condolences to john’s family. John and I️ worked together and while I️t was only a few short months we knew each other I️t felt like forever. He was my favorite. Always had a smile and such a positive attitude that made work so much better. I’ll miss our car rides and talks so much. Rest in the sweetest peace John. You’re truly missed!


First Name: Nicholas
Last Name: Ricci
City: Manchester
State: NH
Country: USA
Entry Date: 11/27/2017

My sincerest condolences to the entire Raleigh family. My heart breaks for you all. Rest in eternal peace, may God bless all.
Joan Madden my deepest sympathies we been thru allot in the month of November both our family love you my dear friend Nicholas


First Name: Helen
Last Name: Trindall
City: Hanover
State: MA
Country: US
Entry Date: 11/27/2017

Words can not express how deeply sorry I am for your family's loss. John and I spent countless weekend and weeknights together with our tight group of friends in high school. I drove John to school daily. I will never forget the amazing memories we all shared hanging out at eachothers house, spending Friday nights at the Kingston mall playing ddr, taking a million pictures until we finally got the right angel for our MySpace pictures, talking about life and our struggles and our hopes and anything and everything. I will forever hold close to my heart the laughs and memories we share John. I hope your soul has found peace and comfort. May your family find comfort in the memories they share with you.


First Name: Paul
Last Name: Davis
City: Brockton
State: MA
Country: U.S.A.
Entry Date: 11/28/2017

It is with profound sorrow that I send my deepest condolences to your family in these darkest hours. May you find peace and warmth in the hours and days ahead. Family, friends and faith will guide you through this heartbreaking time.
All my love,
Paul F. Davis 🕇❤🕇❤🕇


First Name: Deirdre
Last Name: Madore-Brown
City: Bourne
State: MA
Country: USA
Entry Date: 11/28/2017

Deep sympathy to and for the Raleigh family. Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all. Always remember...he is still with you, it’s just in a different way. He and his brother will be watching over you all...no doubt.


First Name: Deborah
Last Name: Bearde
City: Randolph
State: MA
Country: Norfolk
Entry Date: 11/28/2017

To the entire Raleigh family, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday. I will keep you all in my prayers.


First Name: David
Last Name: Jenkins
City: Brockton
State: MA
Country:
Entry Date: 11/28/2017

My condolences to the whole family. John loved you all and talked about you often. Although I didn't know John that long, I met him at the NC, it didn't take long to see how AWESOME he was! Such a SOLID kid! R.I.P John Raleigh, you will TRULY be missed by all who knew you!


First Name: joan
Last Name: madden
City: hanover
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 11/28/2017

Each teardrop and there are many, is a special hug for you dear, dear, John, to embrace you on your journey home. The love will be never-ending, grandson. I will never, ever have a quesadilla as delish as the one you made for me


First Name: Andrew
Last Name: Palumbo
City: Warwick
State: RI
Country: Usa
Entry Date: 11/29/2017

My deepest condolescenes to John’s family and closest friends. Although I only knew John for a very short time the moment I met him I knew we would get along. He had such a sweet personality and was very sarcastic and funny. He made me smile with his jokes and stories and when I asked him what his tattoo said behind his ear he said “Celine Dionne” I gullibly believed him ahahah and then I saw it and it obviously didn’t say her name. John seemed very loving and quiet but You could tell he had a big heart. I’m so sorry to see that addiction had gotten the best of him :( and praying for the whole family with love and grace! You will be missed greatly!


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