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John Feathers

NORTH CANAAN — John Feathers, 89, of South Canaan Road, died of natural causes after a short illness at Sharon Hospital, with his family by his side. Born on March 1, 1922, at home in East Canaan, he was the son of Adelaide (Taylor) and Porter Feathers. John attended local schools and graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1941. After graduation he worked at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford before enlisting in the Navy in 1943. He was stationed in Hawaii for most of his tour of duty as an aviation mechanic.He met his future wife, June Rosalie Lewis, while doing shore patrol duty in Hartford. They were married on June 22, 1946, in North Canaan. After his time in the service, he went to work as a carpenter with his brother, Earl, and worked as a carpenter up to his retirement He never really retired, though; he continued on as a caretaker into his 80s.John enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life, including hunting, fishing, photography and reading. But his greatest passion was hunting for Indian artifacts. He was a member of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut.John is survived by his wife of 65 years; his three children, John R. Feathers and his wife, Donna, of Winchester, Pamela (Feathers) Rieger and her husband, Joseph, of Canaan, N.Y., and Chad J. Feathers and his wife, Nichole, of Norfolk; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.He was predeceased by his son, Todd Mathew, and his brother, Earl.A celebration of John’s life was held Dec. 31. Burial followed with military honors in Hillside Cemetery in East Canaan. Memorial donations may be sent to the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 99 South Canaan Road, North Canaan, CT 06018.Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan.

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