John Shroad

Obituary of John Shroad

John S. Shroad, 86, of 20 Concord Dr., Middletown, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 30, 2008, at the Newport Hospital. He was the husband of Helene V. Shroad. Born in Newport on July 13, 1921, he was the son of the late Frederick W. Shroad and Mary C. (O'Loughlin) Bjork. John was a graduate of Rogers High School, the former Woods Business School in Newport, Fort Worth School of Photography and the Fort Worth School of Photolithograghy. He worked as a civilian at Quonset Pt., in Argentina and Newfoundland, and at the Newport Naval Torpedo Station. He then entered the United States Army in July of 1946 and served at numerous bases including Homestead, FL, St. Lucia, and Antigua in British West Indies. John also served with the War Crimes Investigating Teams in Germany and Austria. During World War II, he served in both civilian and military capacities at Lend Lease British Bases. On July 1, 1948 John married Helene Veronika Homolka in Vienna. They left Europe and he became employed as a supervisor in Photolithographic Offset Printing in Fort Worth Texas, and later in New Haven, CT. They have been residents of Middletown since May of 1995. Besides his wife of nearly 60 years, he is survived by his two nieces, Barbara Easterbrooks and Mary Alice Lyons both of Newport; a nephew, Charles V. Burns, Jr. of Portsmouth, and several grand-nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Agnes M. Burns. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 11:00am, at St. Joseph's Church, Broadway and Mann Ave, Newport. Burial at St. Columba Cemetery, Brown's Ln., Middletown. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, April 1, from 4:00-7:00 pm in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. Donations may be made in John's memory to the St. Joseph Church Building Fund, 5 Mann Ave., Newport, RI, 02840 or to the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, PO Box 690, Portsmouth, RI, 02871. "May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, And rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, may God keep you in the hollow of His hand."
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