John J. Doyle, 76, of E. Longmeadow, passed away on December 24, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was born in Milford, MA on April 12, 1944, to the late John and Dorothy (Kirby) Doyle. He graduated from Boston College and furthered his education receiving his Master’s from Northeastern and his Doctorate from Clark. John was a professor of economics at Springfield College for 42 years. He truly loved teaching and made life-long friendships with colleagues and students. He had a wonderful way of making connections with people and remembered details about each individual.
John loved reading, traveling, watching classic movies, and spending time with family and friends. He would research any upcoming vacation, making sure to visit interesting and sometimes obscure points of interest. He did not want to go anywhere without truly having “seen it all." He loved coming back and sharing those experiences with others through postcards, pictures, stories, and souvenirs. John thought any vacation was better when it involved friends and family.
He leaves behind his wife of 48 years Christine (Vincent), his daughters Meghan (Ralph) Rosien and Katherine (Tom) Reilly, both of E. Longmeadow, his sister Jane of St. Louis, MO, his brother Michael of Medway, MA and his five grandchildren- Will, Molly, Caleb, Owen, and Jack. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and many cherished friends he considered members of his family.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, January 3 from 2-5 pm, following COVID-19 safety policies, at Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 N. Main St., E. Longmeadow MA. A Christian Liturgy will take place at 10:30 AM on Monday, January 4 in St. Michael’s Church, 128 Maple Street, E. Longmeadow. Space will be limited inside the Church as a result of safety precautions but Mass will be accessible from the parking lot via radio (89.1 fm). Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Springfield. Donations can be made in John’s name to: American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.
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