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John Vassell
January 24, 2024


Today we celebrate the life of our beloved husband, son, father/grand father, brother and friend John Barington Vassell (Johnny).

John unfortunately left this world on Wednesday January 24, 2024 at the age of 59. He was born on October 16, 1964 in Christiana Manchester, Jamaica.

Born to the great Lascelles Vassell and Pearl Vassell. He is survived by his 3 beautiful daughters Chanisse Vassell, Tiesha Powell and Jenise Powell. Niece/daughter Lisa Cole. His special grandchildren Perzhia, Pierre, Talayzhia. Grand pups Zoey, Martini and Hulk. His wife Neressa Vassell. Johnny was the beloved brother of 16 siblings. His Lovely sisters Audrey Smith, Shirley Cole, Althea Etienne, Alice Washington, Edah Brown. His brothers William Duncan, Ronald Vassell, Alric Vassell, Peter Vassell. He has now gone home to join his other siblings Patricia Barrett, Marva Bruce, Mvrna Wallace, In addition, to a close-knit clan of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, aunts, uncles, in-laws, friends and neighbors that he loved dearly:

John grew up in Manchester, Jamaica and later moved to Boston, Massachusetts. Before his passing he resided in Fall River, Massachusetts. He graduated from West Roxbury High School. He studied building and mechanics, we all know he loved to work on his cars. Later he attended New England Tractor Trailer School where he formed his lifelong path doing what he loved best.

Johnny was a warm, friendly man who made his mark in his community by the basic goodness and generosity of his character. We remember the quality of his involvement with his fellow man, and how he brought out these qualities in others. Johnny as he was known to his loved ones, was very close to his family. He had a very special relationship with all of his family. He worked hard.

John loved children and drove the school bus for Boston Public for over 20 years. J.V was a hard worker. He was a dedicated truck driver for Stop and Shop for over 30 years. Over these years he has gained a work family that he valued dearly. He enjoyed every aspect of his life. Johnny loved to skate backwards at Chez- vous while jamming to good music. His favorite artist was Beres Hammond. Loved the color blue and always wore it dressed up in his signature suit and top hat. Johnny had a great passion for cooking and we're sure going to miss his dumplings. He designed his hungry bus food truck from scratch and couldn't wait to feed everyone. He loved to garden and plant many seeds. He was a professional at everything he loved to do and believe me he did it all. A king of all trades.

Viewing hours will be on Tuesday February 6, 2024 from 10-11 AM followed by a Religious Service from 11-12PM in the Joseph Russo Funeral Home, 814 American Legion Highway, Roslindale, MA. Burial is in Mount Hope Cemetery, 355 Walk Hill Street, Mattapan, MA.

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Joseph Russo Funeral Home
814 American Legion Highway
Roslindale, MA 02131