John M. Bacon, 82
OSSIPEE — John Milo Bacon, 82, of Ossipee, died Friday, May 5, 2017, after a period of declining health.
John was born in Laconia on June 4, 1934, the youngest of three children of Milo and Minnie (Page) Bacon.
He grew up in Gilford where he attended local schools, graduating from Laconia Highs School in 1952. While in high school, he was active in sports, most particularly as a member of the varsity football team. Immediately following high school he enlisted in the Navy where he served for four years until 1956.
In August 1954, John married Jane Claire Barlow, the daughter of Austin and Phoebe Barlow of Gilmanton. At that time John was stationed at the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia, and Jane was completing her nurse's training at Elliot Hospital in Manchester. In the early years of their 62-year marriage they had five children: John Jr., Jane, Jennifer, Janet and Jim, obviously all named with the same first letter "J," consistent with that of their parents.
Following his service in the Navy, John attended Centenary College, a private four-year arts and sciences institution in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree. John had long harbored a keen interest in becoming an airline pilot, very much in keeping with his innate adventurous spirit. So after receiving his college degree, he decided to rejoin the armed services as a commissioned officer, thereby affording him the opportunity to enroll in a pilot training program that encompassed both the Air Force and Coast Guard services. Upon completion of his training, John's flying experiences included involvement with the major international conflicts in which the U.S. was engaged at that time, flying combat missions over both the Belgian Congo and Vietnam.
Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force division of the Coast Guard, John was easily able to apply his well-honed skills as a pilot in extreme and challenging conditions to a civilian context. He joined American Airlines as a commercial pilot in the 1960s where he quickly rose to the rank of captain. He remained with American for approximately 30 years until his mandatory retirement at age 62 in 1996.
During much of his career with American, John lived with his family in western New York state in a suburb of Buffalo, the city airport where he was based at the time. They lived in a rambling farmhouse, raised animals and crops, plowed gardens and raked fields, all reminiscent of John's youth on his Grandfather Bacon's farm in Gilford.
In the latter part of his career with American, John and his wife Jane lived in Cooper City, Florida, close to Miami International Airport, from which his flights originated. During this period, many of his trips took him to countries in South America.
In the early years of his retirement John and Jane spent time between their home in Leesburg, Florida, and their summer home in Ossipee. Ultimately, they chose to live year-round in New Hampshire. They both loved auctions and antiques and John, with his amazing eye for quality and authenticity was truly a master craftsman when it came to restoring and refinishing antiques, and their home in Ossipee reflected this passion.
John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jane Barlow Bacon; his five children and their respective spouses, John (Elizabeth) Bacon, Jane Bacon, Jennifer (Craig) Walker, Janet (Ed) Zelnick, Jim (Angie) Bacon; his brother, Roy Bacon; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Patricia Ann Plimpton; and a grandson, Justin McGowan.
There is no formal memorial service scheduled at this time. A graveside service will be held at the Bacon-Page family plot in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Gilford at an unspecified future date.
- Written by Mike Mortensen
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