John Pelley

John C. Pelley

January 5, 1943 - March 28, 2021
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John C. Pelley, 78, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 28, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Ann “Annie” (Leahey) Pelley.

He was born in Lowell, MA on January 5, 1943 and was the son of the late John and Evelyn (Noyes) Pelley.

John was a graduate of Lowell High School with the class of 1960. After graduation, he proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era. Following his discharge from the Air Force, he was employed as a production manager at Raytheon for 38 years. John was an avid New England sports fan with a special devotion to the Red Sox. He was a member of the Chelmsford cribbage league. John enjoyed traveling with Annie, the annual trips they shared to Sanibel Island and Red Sox spring training. He loved entertaining friends and family at the pool, but he most especially treasured the time spent with his daughter and granddaughters.

John is survived by his daughter, Nina Byam and her husband Erik of Townsend, he was proud Papou to Alexis and Isabelle Byam, his sister, Joanne Sullivan and her husband John (Sully) of Lowell, his former wife, Cindy Pelley of Chelmsford, his special cousin, Steven Chateauneuf with whom he had weekly business meetings, his dog, Rory, who was his best friend. John is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends and family are kindly invited to attend a graveside service on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11 AM at St. Patrick Cemetery, 1251 Gorham Street, Lowell. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to Children’s Hospital Pediatric Epilepsy Foundation, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA,

or Table of Plenty in Chelmsford, Inc., P.O. Box 321 Chelmsford, MA 01824
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  • Graveside service

    April 3, 2021 | 11:00am
    April 3, 2021 11:00am
    St. Patrick Cemetery - Lowell
    1251 Gorham Street
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    Fr. Richard Clancy


  • Air Force
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal
  • American
  • National Defense Service Medal


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Cheryl Wilkins

Posted at 01:22pm
John thank you for being such a good friend to my dad. All of The Wilkins Family miss you.


Posted at 10:18pm
John...we will greatly miss you forever! Thanks for all the wonderful memories and adventures we shared, be it at your beautiful backyard; ziplining in Mexico; trekking through Yellowstone Nat'l Park or watching the frigate birds at sunrise on Kailua Beach, HI! We will be sure to have a rum punch in your honor while sitting at your favorite table at Barnacle Billy's soon (remember when they cut you off after 3 rum punches?! lol)...Love You! Peter & Nikki-Nakki-Nooki!

Lillian Clark

Posted at 01:00am
I am deeply saddened by the news of our loss of John. I pray that God will grant you and your family the strength needed to get through these difficult times. I will miss my friend and the many good times we shared. Binky-Chelmsford Cribbage

Joanne Sullivan

Posted at 07:00pm
So many wonderful times at Pelley Park ! Will miss you brother so much ! Rest In Peace ❤️

Kevin Sheehan Posted at 08:20pm

Joanne I am so sorry for the loss of your brother!! Family is so important and losing a member is painful! May the memories be strong and plentiful! May God Bless all off your family and May he be in the palm of God’s hand

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