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John R. Pruitt

Family & friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Friday, April 21st from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio and Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere, for John R. Pruitt who died in his home on Tuesday, March 14th following a long illness, he was 61 years old. A Funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Saturday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, 993 Shirley St. Winthrop.

He was the cherished son of the late Paul R. Pruitt & Joan (Altri) Pruitt. He was the loving & devoted husband of 24 years to Former Revere School Committeewoman Donna E. (Costa) (Wood) Pruitt of Revere, also lovingly survived by her children, Kristen M. Wood of Peabody & Robert M. Wood & his wife Jennifer of North Reading. He was the proud grandfather of Olivia & Addison, they were his sun and moon. He was dear brother to his identical twin; the late Paul W. Pruitt. He is also lovingly survived by many extended family, friends, players & coaches.

John was born in Union, South Carolina, at a young age his family settled in Revere. John was educated in Revere and was an alumnus of Revere High School, Class of 1973. As a young man, he worked at Kelly’s Roast Beef on Revere Beach. He later took a position at Brigham’s Ice Cream, a career that spanned 25 years of service, until they closed the plant. He later took a position as a security officer in the Revere Public Schools for several years, until his health started to decline. People who knew John, knew that his passion was baseball. John was a dedicated member of Revere little league. He was a coach, officer & board member for over 35 years. John coached more than 500 children in his years as a coach. He loved kids and helping them to learn the game of baseball. John always took special interest in the kids who were struggling and needed a little extra help. He would foster these children, who needed a pat on the back or just a little confidence to help them with their game or just in general, John’s love for the game of baseball also allowed him to coach Babe Ruth Baseball in Revere and as well as serving as an assistant coach at St. John’s Prep in Danvers alongside his identical twin brother Paul. John was also a long-time season ticket holder of the Boston Red Sox and a collector of Red Sox & baseball memorabilia, a collection he began as a young boy. John was also a devoted Parishioner & Lector at Holy Rosary Church in Winthrop.  John was a kid at heart with his love for baseball, but he was a man with a giant heart who gave back to his community of which he loved. Interment will be private.


Memorial Visitation

Friday, April 21st from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Memorial Funeral Mass

Saturday, April 22nd at 11:00 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, Winthrop


Will be Private

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut St. Wellesley, MA 02481

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  1. Ola Adams
    Apr 20 2017

    Prayers are with the family. Sorry to hear about John.

    Aunt Ola in Spartanburg, SC

  2. Steven Ciambelli and family
    Apr 16 2017

    Beachmont loved the Pruitts..JOHN and Paul will never be forgotten.. my condolences.❤

  3. Tom Salemi
    Apr 14 2017

    I was so sorry to hear this news. I played for John on the White Sox in the late 1970s. He was such a huge influence on me, and it went well beyond baseball. Just a great man. Please accept my condolences.

  4. The DiCicco Family
    Apr 14 2017

    JOHN you are going to be missed by so many. You have helped me & my family in so many ways. We are very thank thankful that we had you in our lives. From little league to Red Sox games to family walks to being a great friend and coach, not just in baseball but in life too. Donna, Kristen & Rob…John was such a kind and big hearted person. I am sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    With love & condolences,
    David DiCicco & Family

  5. Eliany
    Apr 13 2017

    John was a great man I remember going to RHS and as a freshman he would always give me great advice about school and what I wanted to study . I ran across the news on Facebook and it broke my heart my most heart felt condolences to his friends and family . May he Rest In Peace

  6. blane castle
    Apr 13 2017

    rememeber the good times we had at the revere little league R.I.P buddy my thoughts and prayers are with your family

  7. Linda Sawtelle-Kossin
    Apr 13 2017

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this very sad time. May you all be comforted by love of friends and family. Fill
    Your hearts with love and warm memories. May god bless and comfort you all and lift your sadness and fill your hearts with his love.
    Sincerely Jurgen and Linda Kossin
    Jensen Beach, Florida

  8. james morin
    Apr 13 2017

    worked with john at brighams for over 20 years, we became friends both at work, and on cattle runs to the hilltop. he was a great guy,and friend. will miss our breakfast trips to johnny jacks with the gang, you will be greatly missed.

  9. Patricia Kuzdzal
    Apr 13 2017

    Please accept my sincerest condolences. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will keep your all in my thoughts and prayers.

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