John Wayne Newton Saarinen

  • Born: July 6, 1934
  • Died: June 26, 2018
  • Location: Stow, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend

John Wayne Newton Saarinen, age 83 of Stow, passed away peacefully on Tuesday 26 June 2018 at his home.

Born in Concord, MA on July 6, 1934, he was the son of the late Waino Arthur Saarinen and Pauline Ann Duxbury Newton of Maynard, MA. In the early years John was raised and educated in Maynard, Belmont and Framingham, He graduated from Framingham High School, class of 1953. John continued to further his education and later received a Bachelor Degree in Science from Worcester State University.

John enlisted in the United States Air Force serving for 20 years. While stationed in Germany he met his wife, Christa Johanna Erna (Hollemann) Saarinen. They married in April 1961 in Teddington, England. and spent 14 years living in England, Spain, Texas and Florida with their son, Erik Norman Saarinen. After retiring from the US Air Force, John and Family moved to Stow, MA, where John worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for 15 years as a Purchasing Agent.

Family was most important to John. He loved spending time with his son and granddaughters. Summer's on Cape Cod became a family tradition with swimming, biking, and hiking. John's many hobbies included a love for classical music, theater, fitness and golf. His main passion was running Marathons, all over the United States, including running the Boston Marathon 5 times. His other favorite was running the Mount Washington Road Race which he ran for many years. John was very social and enjoyed a large circle of friends.

He is survived by his loving wife Christa, his son Erik and wife Pamela of Acton, his granddaughters Haley and Isabella, his brother Newton Saarinen of Sterling; his sister Paula and husband Rudolph Nicoletti of Walpole; as well as many Nieces, Nephews. Great Nieces and Great Nephews.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember John on Friday, June 29, 2018 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord St., Maynard. His funeral service will follow at 12:00 pm. Burial with U.S. Air Force Military Honors at Glenwood Cemetery, Maynard.

Donations in his memory may be made to:
Care Group Parmenter
1 Arsenal Market Place
Watertown, MA 02472.


Condolence & Memory Journal

John and I worked together for several years at Digital Equipment and I especially remember his commitment to his work and easy nature with all those around him. We often ran together on our lunch breaks in Northboro and he always did well on the hills. Rest in peace my friend.

Royce Fuller

Posted by Royce Fuller - Acton, MA - Coworker   July 20, 2018

Thinking of you and your family. - Tahna

Posted by A friend   June 29, 2018

My condolences to all of the members of the Saarinen family for your loss. John, my family's thoughts and prayers are with you.
Brad Thomas

Posted by Brad Thomas - Cohasset, MA - Coworker   June 29, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you Christa and family. Although I did not know you nor John, I do know his sister, Paula, thru our church. John has been in my prayers for a while. I know God will look after you during this difficult time.

Posted by Cathy Noble - Stoughton, MA - Family Friend   June 28, 2018

My most heart felt condolences for the loving family and friends of John Saarinen. I hold forever in my heart memories that continue to bless my life. May his memory and influence continue to touch you as you continue your journey without his earthly presence. Love, Peggy Burton, Tullahoma, TN

Posted by Peggy Burton - Tullahoma, TN - Friend   June 28, 2018


Our thoughts and prayers continue for John and his family, especially to Paula, my best friend. The loss of a brother runs deep. He will never leave you. I know. Peace to all during this difficult time. So much love to all of you. Linda and Gordon Goodwin and Family

Posted by Linda and Gordon Goodwin - Marion, MA - Family Friend   June 28, 2018

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