ROCKLAND — John W. Marr, Sr. died after a series of complicated medical conditions and procedures, comfortably in his home on Sept. 12, 2022.

Born on Jan. 8, 1951, to Harold Sr. and Thelma (Nelson) Marr, now deceased, of Thomaston, Maine.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving a tour in Vietnam (1968-1969), and was honorably discharged in 1970.

While working multiple jobs and having three young sons, he attended multiple colleges to earn his associate degree. Some years after the birth of his daughter, he transferred to Southern New Hampshire University (then known as NH College), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business science.

He had many careers throughout his lifetime, working for Fisher Engineering, the US Postal Service (in both Maine and N.H.), Winebaum News, Boston Globe and finally the New York Times, covering from Boston, Mass. to Springfield, Va.  He retired shortly after the death of his first wife, and the mother of his children, Linda.

John was a life member of the American Legion in Rollinsford, N.H.; the Elks Lodge in Rockland, ME, VFW in Augusta, Maine, as well as the Disabled American Veterans in Loudon, Tenn.  He was also an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus, Rockland, Maine.

John is survived by his siblings; Harold Marr, Jr. and wife Caroline, William Marr and wife Tammy, Robert Marr, Beverly Brown and husband Milton, and Peter Young and wife Sherry; by his four children, John Marr, Jr. and wife Gizelle, Jason Marr and wife Jennifer, Jeremy Marr and wife Richelle, Lisa-Marie Marr. In addition, John had 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  He is pre-deceased by his wives Linda Lee (Gamage) Marr and Pamela (Salo) Marr; as well as his siblings, Fred Marr, Betty Marr, and several sisters- and brothers-in-law.

He will always be remembered as a loving husband and father, and for his generosity, contagious smile, humor, and hard-working nature.

There will be a private graveside service at 10:00 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2022, which can be attended via livestreaming (during or after the event) by visiting John’s Book of Memories at All are invited to attend a celebration of life that will be held on Oct. 1, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Rankin Street, Rockland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s name, or his wives Linda and Pamela’s, to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. Rockland, ME