Kingston, NH — John Pizar, 90, a former longtime resident of Kingston, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, Mass., following a brief illness.
Born in Newburyport, he was the son of the late, Michael and Tansey Pizar. He attended local schools and graduated from Newburyport High School. He served as a Fire Controlman First Class in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Biloxi, and was a recipient of several awards and accommodations, including four medals and 14 battle stars.
Mr. Pizar received his associates degree in electrical engineering and later his bachelor’s degree of business administration in engineering and management from Northeastern University. He retired from Western Electric, AT & T Technologies and Lucent Technologies after 39 years of service, with 30 years as a supervisor in quality control.
A member of the American Society of Quality Control, Merrimack Valley Section since 1961, he was named chairman in 1965, and received the HiStein Award for the best managed section during his tenure. He went on to become the Northeast Quality Council Representative for Merrimack Valley Section and later served as chairman of the council and also chaired the Annual Northeast Quality Council Conference in 1968. He received the R. Shaw Goldthwaite Award in 1984 for his contributions and devotion in furthering quality in the Northeast Region. He was honored in 1994, with an award established in his name to recognize members of the Merrimack Valley Section for their superlative service.
A Master Mason and member of Gideon Lodge #84, he was a 63-year resident of 105 Main St., Kingston, before moving to Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mass., eight months ago. He was active in the Town of Kingston and donated the American flags that the town uses for holiday display. He also enjoyed playing pool and cribbage.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jean (Bragdon) Pizar; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and James Foy, and Pamela and William Gray, all of Kingston; grandchildren, Michael Foy and wife, Sara, of Kingston, Jeffrey Foy and wife, Melissa, of East Kingston, Scott Foy and wife, Stephanie, of Brentwood, Courtney (Gray) Deschesne and husband, Brian, and Stacy Gray, all of Kingston;11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends called on Friday, June 7, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Route 121A, Plaistow Village. His service took place at 7:15 p.m. at the funeral home and concluded with the rendering of military honors by the U.S. Navy. Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater New England, 101A First Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451. To leave a message of condolence to the family, please visit www.brooksidechapelfh.com.