John Patrick Ayers


John Patrick Ayers of Plymouth died peacefully on March 25, 2015. He was 76.

John was known for his love of the Irish song, the outdoor life, and antiquing. He could be found kayaking the ocean or the ponds in Plymouth, practicing fly casting in the front yard, hunting pheasants in the fields of Pennsylvania, singing a folk song in the local Irish pub, or locating an antique which always had a great story. He also had a profound love of cooking which some of his family inherited, and some didn’t!

John was born in Buffalo, NY, to John J. Ayers and Marion (Condren) Ayers. He was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY, and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

He was commissioned as a Navy Lt. Commander in June 1960, served in Newport, R.I., was honorably discharged in 1963, and continued on in the Navy Reserves until 1970. He was part of the Cuban Missile Crisis force.

He had a long career in industrial sales before he moved to Plymouth in 2002 to be closer to his family. He then worked for many years at the Home Depot in Plymouth.

He is survived by his daughters Kathleen (Alfred Ferland) of Edgartown; Julie (Steven Bernstein) of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and Coleen (Michael McDonough) of Plymouth. He loved his grandchildren, Alexandra Ferland, Matthew McDonough, Elliot Ferland, and Nicholas McDonough. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews all across the globe. He was preceded in death by his brothers Daniel C. and Edward J.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Bartlett Funeral Home, 338 Court Street, Plymouth. A Christian funeral Mass was held on March 31 at St. Bonaventure’s in Plymouth. Interment followed at the Bourne National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The Fisher House Foundation (