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“I was a classmate of John's in the W H S class of 1962 . John was a real guy , always upbeat and warm and interested in the person he was talking...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Peter Meisenzahl - Chatham, MA

“I'm sorry the learn of your loss .John was a great guy whom I was close to via facebook and politic's. I loved the pictures he shared with us and his...Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: Sandra Hood - Montague, CA

“Mr. Sloan was a wonderful teacher who stays in my memory even though it has been about 40 years since I was in his history class. He challenged me...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“You will always be forever loved and remembered ”
4 of 32 | Posted by: Nadine Michele - Miami, FL

“I was so saddened at the news of J.R. Sloan's passing. He had a profound influence on my life. Below, I've reprinted an essay I entered in a...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: John Robinson - Methuen, MA

“John, I never got the privilege to meet you in person, but we had many an interesting and stimulating conversation on Facebook. I'm really going to...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Mike Aguilar - Friend

“John hired me to work at Kendall (Colgate, Int. Paper, etc.) in Boston. We both lived in Hingham and from time to time we would commute together. ...Read More »
7 of 32 | Posted by: Drew Horn - Weymouth, MA

“Matt you were his pride and joy. John was so happy for your successes and he also spoke lovingly about your wife. His eyes smiled. Although I am...Read More »
8 of 32 | Posted by: Jane Marochino - Bridgewater, MA

“RIP John. I enjoyed visiting with you at our 50th. You were always so kind to me as a "newcomer" to WHS class of 62. Until we meet again.Susan Peters...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“It's no coincidence that the entries of John's students and his classmates from the class of '62 at WHS all focus on the same theme -- John's warmth,...Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Bob Chamberlin - Montclair, VA

11 of 32 | Posted by: Bob Chamberlin - Montclair, VA

“A classmate since jr. high. Good guy and a friend to all. RIP John. ”
12 of 32 | Posted by: Joe Gianni - Myrtle Beach, SC

“I was very saddened to hear of Mr. Sloan's passing. In addition to being a great teacher, he had a big heart. I'll always remember when my fellow...Read More »
13 of 32 | Posted by: Jim McCafferty - Norwood, MA

“I am so very saddened to hear of John's passing. He was TRULY a gentleman and a scholar. I have many great memories of him from over the...Read More »
14 of 32 | Posted by: Rosemary Conway - MA - Student

“John Sloan was a true patriot, in every sense of the word. A student of history, he breathed a love for our forefathers (and mothers). He posted on...Read More »
15 of 32 | Posted by: Susan McCafferty - Tiffin, OH

“My best friend in our high school days. A great friend to the day he died. Caring, forgiving, always upbeat, never complaining about his health...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: John Spears - MA

“To John's Family,I was a classmate of John's at Westwood High School, wonderful Class of '62, and I can't tell you how sad I was to hear about his...Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: Dianne Rankin - Vienna, VA

“May he Rest In Peace. He was a wonderful guy loved by so many of us from the class of '76. ”
18 of 32 | Posted by: Chuck Cardoos - Burbank, CA

“Dear Patty, Mrs. Sloan and family, I remember John as Patty's big brother when Patty and I were in high school together. John was a teacher to one...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“One of the greatest teachers ever and an outstanding human being! You are missed. Already. Rip xoxo Westwood high will always remember you! ”
20 of 32 | Posted by: Jackie Magnarelli - Denver, NC

“My condolences to the family and friends of John Sloan. I feel fortunate to have had him as a teacher. He was incredibly engaging and had this way of...Read More »
21 of 32 | Posted by: Betsy (Gillis) Thompson - Duxbury, MA

“John you were an inspiration to me as a student and teacher. I will miss your kindness and wisdom. You were always such a gentleman. RIP. ”
22 of 32 | Posted by: Joan Manchester - Westwood, MA

“To all of the Sloans,My deepest condolences. I'm shocked and so sad to hear of Mr. Sloan's passing. I loved Mr.Sloan so much -- He was our history...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“I recently reconnect ed with Mr. Sloan thru Facebook. As many have stated before me , great teacher,friend,wise man. Mr Sloan I have been blessed by...Read More »
24 of 32 | Posted by: Lynn Petrozzi - Flagler Beach, FL

“Mr. Sloan was a wonderful teacher and a terrific role model. I developed a fondness of American History through his teaching. It was so much fun...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Susan Lyons Smith - Norwood, MA

“Mr. Sloan was a great teacher and a wonderful man. It was so nice to reconnect with him recently at a reunion and through FB. I enjoyed his...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Kay Montgomery Lammey - Simsbury, CT

“I am so sad to hear this news. John Sloan was an amazing teacher whose guidance served so many of us. He was empathetic, compassionate, and...Read More »
27 of 32 | Posted by: Karen McCafferty - Boston, MA

“I was fortunate to have reconnected with John in recent years, and came to know and love him as a historian, political ally and friend. You will be...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Rob Shain - Westwood, MA

“My favorite teacher. He made history fun and interesting.He was always friendly and approachable. He cared about his students. ”
29 of 32 | Posted by: martha fox

“For some reason I was sitting as a student in the teacher's room at WHS -- this is 40+ years ago so I have no recollection why -- and Mr. Sloan was...Read More »
30 of 32 | Posted by: Paul Carr - Cape Cod

“John Sloan was an inspirational teacher. He loved his students and brought history to life for his us. Having just reconnected with him through...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: Carroll McGrath - Amherst, MA

“Mr Sloane - my favorite teacher. A kind and elegant man. RIP sir. You'll be missed. ”
32 of 32 | Posted by: Debbie (Goodall) Zaza - Westwood, MA

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Sloan, John R., of Westwood, died February 8th, 2017.

Beloved son of Maxine (Kennedy) Sloan of Westwood and the late John D. Sloan. Former husband of Carol M. (Smith) Sloan. Loving father of Matthew B. Sloan and his wife Rachel F. Paiste of Boston. Brother of Patricia Sloan Hunt and her husband Trey of Mount Vernon, NY and uncle of Carolyn Sloan Hunt of Albany, NY.

Services and interment are private. John was a history teacher at Westwood High School, a Human Resources executive at International Paper and a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.

Donations in memory of John can be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He was so appreciative (and proud) to live in an area where groundbreaking research was being done to address this horrible disease. Donated funds will go to the head and neck cancers fund. You may donate online and direct the funds to the head and neck cancers fund or donate by mail. Checks can be made out to the 'Dana Farber Cancer Institute' with 'In Memory of John R. Sloan' in the memo field of the check. Their mailing address is:

Dana Farber Cancer Institute
10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor
Brookline, MA 02445

Online donations can be made at


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Arrangements being handled by:

Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home

55 High Rock Street Westwood, MA