Obituary: John D. MacInnis

John D. MacInnis, at 92

John D. MacInnis died peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, on June 27. He had suffered a very brief illness, and was 92.

During World War II, he served in the 101st Airborne Division, notably during the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of Bastogne, Belgium. A recipient of a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, Mr. MacInnis was his family’s American hero and one of the “greatest generation.”

His proudest accomplishment was his loving family. A kind and loving man, a father figure to many, his Catholic faith grounded him and he lived it out beautifully, modeling the importance of faith and family. Mr. MacInnis had a love of the ocean and appreciated all of nature, especially the beauty of New England. He retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Water Division.

Beloved husband of the late Adele [Ungemach] MacInnis; loving father of Mary Rose Ericsson and her husband, Kenneth, of Hingham, Jean Sullivan and her husband, Peter, of Scituate, John MacInnis and his partner, Michelle Benoit, of Plainville, and Rev. Michael MacInnis, OFM, of Boston. He was the cherished brother of Murray MacInnis of Quincy, and the late Mary Rita Lermond, Marie Emery, Neil MacInnis, and Robert MacInnis; devoted Papa of Cody and Molly Sullivan and J.D. and Amanda MacInnis; and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday, 4-8 p.m., in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St., Hingham. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Friday prior to the funeral Mass at St. Ann’s Church, Hull at 10:30 a.m. Burial will take place at the national cemetery at Bourne at 1:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Norwell Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 120 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA 02061 or to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.