LEWISTON – John Richard DeFosse, 57, was born Nov. 18, 1951, in Worcester, Mass., the son of Richard E. and Jean (Maher) DeFosse.

He attended schools in Northborough, Mass., St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., and the University of Connecticut, where he played varsity baseball. He was a resident of Lewiston for over 21 years. He passed into eternal life after a courageous battle with cancer on Feb. 13.

John’s passions were his wife, Mary (Rice), and their children, Danielle, Patricia and Christopher. He loved sports, camping and the ocean. Because of his leadership in community sports, he was named Rotary Club “Man of the Year” in Northborough in the 1980s. He traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. He formed fast friendships thanks to his charm, wit, generosity of spirit and ability to connect to others in very human terms. He faced the illness that ravaged his body with dignity, great heart and even humor.

He was deeply loved and will be missed by Mary, his wife of 22 years; and by the children of whom he was so proud. He also leaves, a sister; two brothers; a large extended family; and the many friends he made wherever he went.

He was predeceased by his parents; and two brothers, Paul and Richard DeFosse.

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