John E. Kalagher (JK), 65, of Worcester, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 22, 2024.
He is survived by the love of his life of 39 years, his wife, Carol A. (Stankus) Kalagher, his four sons, Johnnie C. Stankus and his wife, September of Wildomar, CA. Scott B. Stankus and his girlfriend, Vi of Worcester, Jess E. Stankus and his wife Kasia of Oxford, and Frank R. Stankus and his girlfriend, Devan of Worcester, and Sharon Lozada, a niece that he loved like a daughter.
He also leaves behind his grandchildren that meant the world to him, Rebeccahlynn, Grace, Brayden, John, Lauren, and Bryson, his sister, Lisa Farrow, his beloved pup Lady, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents Walter and Barbara (Snow) Kalagher and his sister Mary Kalagher.
JK worked as a Custodian for the Worcester Public Schools for 10 years, spending most of his time at Worcester East Middle. Upon retiring he missed all his “Kids”, who would greet “Mr. John” warmly as he walked around the building. He also worked for CMAA transportation delivering cars and took pride in being a “professional driver”.
For JK, spending time with his family and the friends who became family meant everything. He found his greatest joys in camping on Lake Manchaug with Jimmy, Denise and all his friends in the field, spending time at Old Orchard Beach with the Blash Family and the Union Ave crew, and simply watching the Red Sox or Pats play. JK was also known as a master of the grill and enjoyed cooking for all.
JK loved playing and later coaching softball. He made lifelong friends playing for Sam’s Pub, Friendly House, Curty Lo’s, The Deuce, CMMA Eagles and many more, traveling around the country, winning countless tournaments, World Series, and MVPs. What he really loved was simply playing the game with his buddies and his sons.
While gone too soon, JK lived a full life, loved by family and friends. He was extremely proud of his sons and all that they accomplished. He loved one woman unconditionally for almost 40 years. To know him was to know one of the most funny, generous and hardworking men, a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend.
In celebration of John’s life, family and friends are invited to visit with the family from 11am to 2pm followed by short service in the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St.