John S. Needs
November 26, 2017
John S. Needs, 81, of Bridgewater, formerly of Taunton, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. He was the husband of forty-one years to Elizabeth J. (Meunier) Needs.
John was born in Taunton, the son of the late John A. and Helen (Gardner) Needs. He was a graduate of Taunton High School class of 1954 and then earned his bachelors degree in Education from UMASS Amherst, in 1958. John served his country with the United States Army, the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves for over forty years. Mr. Needs taught middle school mathematics for the Dighton Rehoboth School Department, at the Dighton Middle School for over thirty years, retiring in 1997. John then worked part time for the past twenty years for several local bus companies most recently H&L Bloom. He was a member and piano player at the Cochesett United Methodist Church, in West Bridgewater, and also a member of the Army Band #215, in Fall River. John also played the trumpet with the Swansea Community Musicians Band and also with the Bridgewater Antiphonal Brass Society.
Survivors besides his wife are two daughters: Sherrie L. Niedziocha of Somerset; Sarah J. Needs of Chincoteague, VA; three sons: David J. Needs of Wrentham; Robert S. Needs of Holbrook and Eric W. Needs and his wife Sonja of Ithaca, NY; seven grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Shirley Hicks and David Needs.
Calling Hours for John will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017, from 4-7pm, in the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Avenue, Taunton.
His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 10am, in the Memorial United Methodist Church, 176 Somerset Ave., Taunton. Relatives and friends are invited to attend directly to the church. Burial to follow with Military Honors in Cedar Knoll Cemetery, East Taunton.
Memorial donations in his memory can be made to Massachusetts General Hospital, c/o Velmahos Trauma Research Fund, to help needy families, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.
Service: Mem U. Meth. Ch., Taunton