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August 2, 2007

Tribute: John L. Pare, 82, World War II veteran, followed Hillies

A World War II veteran and longtime employee of Massachusetts Electric Company, John L. Pare enjoyed gardening, among many interests. Year after year, including this one, Mr. Pare produced a red tomato from his garden before any of his friends or family members did.

"My brothers and I would try to beat him (in growing the first red tomato) but we couldn't," said Mr. Pare's son, Scott Pare, a Massachusetts State Police major. "He wouldn't use fertilizer or anything. I don't know what he'd do, but every year he'd have the first red tomato."

Mr. Pare was also a loyal and devoted fan of Haverhill High School athletics. His sons ran track for the Hillies and, in recent years, his grandsons, Matthew Pare and Thomas John "TJ" Pare, were standout football and basketball players for the Brown and Gold.

"He didn't miss a game," said Scott Pare. "He enjoyed going and loved watching the boys (his grandchildren) play."

A longtime Haverhill resident, John L. Pare died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport. He was 82 and leaves his loving wife of 58 years, Elaine (Chabot) Pare.

An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Pare served as a corporal in the Tank Division. He was employed as a commercial sales representative by Massachusetts Electric Company before his retirement.

"He started at Massachusetts Electric in sales when it was located in downtown Haverhill," said his son. "He moved his way up to commercial sales rep and was with the company for 42 years."

Mr. Pare was born in Haverhill on Nov. 30, 1926, son of the late E. John and Anna (Phaneuf) Pare. He attended St. Joseph Grammar School and graduated from Haverhill High School and the former Haverhill Trade School. He graduated from Merrimack College and later attended The Chicago Culinary Arts Institute.

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