John I. Day, 83, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center. He was born in Holyoke, MA, on Flag Day, June 14, 1927. He was the son of the late Alfred and Nellie (Brennan) Day and the stepson of the late Catherine (McGill) Day. He served in the U. S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during the latter part of World War II. After the war, he served on the Holyoke Democratic City Committee. He married Patricia (Rooney) Day in 1958 and moved to Ludlow, MA, where he remained a resident for the rest of his life. While working as a U.S. Postman, John returned to the classroom to receive his high school diploma. He then attended Western New England College at night to earn his Bachelors Degree. Upon graduation, John became a bank examiner with the FDIC, from which he eventually retired. Meanwhile, on the home front, John and Patricia produced two children, Russell and Thomas, whom he leaves. Thomas and his wife Katherine gave John three terrific grandsons, Jack, Timmy, and Mikey, and a beautiful granddaughter Lillian, all of whom he cherished. John also leaves a sister, Mary Miller, of Holyoke. In addition to leaving many wonderful nieces and nephews, John also leaves his nephew William E. Rooney of Ludlow and his wife Laura and their daughters Allie, Casey, and Kate; his niece Maureen Rooney of Ludlow and her sons Michael and Ryan Murray. They brought much joy to his life, especially in his final years. John was a leader in the pro-life movement, having served as President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) and as Regional Coordinator for many years of the Pioneer Valley Region of MCFL. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight of Ludlow Council. He was a communicant of Christ the King Church in Ludlow.
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Funeral services celebrating his life will be Monday March 14, with family and friends gathering at 9 AM at the Kapinos Mazur Funeral Home 64 Sewall St. Followed by a Con-Celebrated Liturgy of Christian Burial in Christ the King Church 41 Warsaw Avenue Ludlow at 10 AM Rites of Committal will follow in Island Pond Cemetery Calling hours Sunday March 13, 2011 from 4-7 PM