John Howard Paasch

John Howard Paasch

October 26, 1944 - January 24, 2021
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John Howard Paasch a long time resident of Chelmsford passed away on January 24, 2021.

John was born in Buffalo, New York on October 26th 1944 to Albertha (Grimm) and Howard John Paasch.
John grew up and went to school in Buffalo and Grand Island, New York, graduating from Tonawanda High school. He continued his education at the University of Buffalo receiving his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1967. In 1967 John moved to Massachusetts to start his career as an Electrical Engineer with Raytheon Company in Bedford, MA. While working for Raytheon John graduated from Northeastern University with a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. He also worked at the Raytheon facility in Andover, Tewksbury, Wayland and Sudbury Massachusetts. Throughout John’s thirty-seven year career working for Raytheon on the Sparrow and Hawk Missile Systems as an Integration Engineer he would travel to Point Magu and China Lake California, White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Huntsville, Alabama, Germany and Crete, Greece.

John was diagnosed with Waldenstrom’s Microglobulinemia a rare form of lymphoma in 2004 and retired one year later. During the past sixteen and a half years he has been active in helping other people with his disease through his participation with the International Waldentroms’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF). He would travel to area hospitals distributing informative materials for the IWMF as well as working at their yearly conference.

John enjoyed taking care of his fish pond and a little gardening. He also enjoyed exploring the coastal and country roads of New England in his VW convertible always with a stop to explore a new or familiar town, a new or familiar restaurant, farm stand, orchards for picking apples and peaches, or a picnic by the water. He also enjoyed entertaining his family and friends and was a very kind, and generous husband, brother, brother in law, and friend. We all will miss him.

He is survived by his partner and wife of 54 years Penelope Abraham Paasch, his brother Mark Paasch of Grand Island, New York, sister in law Linda Paasch Williamson, of Middleburg, PA, sister in law Judith Abraham and her wife Jean Williams of Williamsburg, MA, sister in law Alexandra Abraham Walter and her husband Charles of Arlington, VA, brother in law Harry Abraham of Billerica, MA and his partner Margaret Quinlan of Quincy, MA, sister in law Stephanie Gillies of Edwards, Colorado, sister in law Nadine Roberts and her husband Norman of Crossville, TN, , brother in law Stephen Grace and his wife Donna of Londondery, NH, brother in law Emil Abraham and his partner Donna of Littleton, CO, brother in law Sumner Joe Abraham and his wife Caroline of Port Orange, FL. He is also survived by Aunt Mary Shaheen as well as numerous cousins and nieces and nephews.

Anyone interested in making donations may do so to: International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF), 6144 Clark Center Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34238 or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), PO. 12268 Newport New, VA 23612. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford. Due to gathering limitations, his funeral service and interment will be held privately by family invitation only.

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  • Visitation

    January 28, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    January 28, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Due to gathering limitations, his funeral service and interment will be held by privately by family invitation only.


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Posted at 05:40pm
Sorry to just learn of John’s passing .. John was a classmate of mine, Tonawanda High School Class of 1962. Condolences to John’s family

Diane TURCHIARELLI Posted at 05:59pm

Diana Pietrowski Turchiarelli class of THS 1962. RIP JOHN

Maureen Hanley

Posted at 06:50pm
So sad to hear of John's passing. I always enjoyed talking with him. He was a good sport and did a lovely video interview for me to share with my students. He helped educate them about WM.

So sorry for your loss.


Peter DeNardis

Posted at 08:48am
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. John was of great help to many people over the years , including me. John, with his sharp "rocket scientist" mind, was always ready to assist with a chart or graph to assess a fellow Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia patient's disease status or treatment response. He was the embodiment of selflessness - always pursuing better treatments for fellow WM patients, and championing causes on behalf of the IWMF.

Personally, I appreciated his advice and suggestions over the years regarding my own disease status, I enjoyed our many phone calls, and will miss him dearly.

I will raise a couple of glasses of wine in his honor this evening...a bit saddened...but joyful too for having had the pleasure to have known him and met with him in person a few times over the years.

As John would sometimes say at the end of his emails to fellow WM patients, "may you all be well on your WM journey" - I extend the same wish to John now as he embarks on his next journey. And I offer my deepest condolences to his wife Penelope and his family - may they find comfort in their memories of good times spent with him over the years.

Carolyn D. Abraham

Posted at 09:17pm
John, you will be so missed as you had one of the sweetest hearts and the most beautiful soul. Our chats, and your embracing hugs were so special to me, as we only saw each other on Special occasions and vacations.
You wil be missed dearly, rest in peace my dear Brother.In.Law.
Carolyn D. Abraham

Bruce Shaheen

Posted at 07:30pm
Thank You John for the many, many happy memories and your endless brilliant humor. You will be missed dearly!
Love You!
Bruce & Ann Marie

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