John F. Yelle, 64, of Norton, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I.
Born in Attleboro April 6, 1948, he was son of the late Leo G. Sr. and Ruth M. (Courtney) Yelle.
Educated in Norton schools, John was a 1966 graduate of Norton High School and had attended college in Monterey, Calif. as an art student. Throughout his life, John firmly believed in the concept of continuing education.
Prior to retiring, he was a self employed contractor and operated under the company name of John F. Yelle, Inc.
When younger, John was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and proudly achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He loved the arts and painting and especially enjoyed working with his hands in the art of sculpturing.
A lifelong communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Norton, John was an avid reader, enjoyed canoeing and spending time with his family. He will always be remembered for his outgoing personality and social skills.
He is survived by his children Taren H. Yelle and her partner Joel Gruhn of Barrington, R.I. and Andrew F. Yelle and his wife Tina of Stoneham; his siblings Leo G. Yelle Jr. of New Hampshire, Shirley L. MacPhee of Mansfield, A. Courtney Yelle of Florida, Paula R. Bishop of Florida and Peter H. Yelle of New Hampshire; his grandchildren, Evan, Connor and Ava Yelle; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and his former wife Anne M. (Franklin) Yelle of Canada.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, 5 to 8 p.m. at Norton Memorial Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, John’s family has requested that donations in his memory be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd St., New York, New York 10016, www.kidney.org.
For additional information visit www.nortonmemorial.com.