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John Lovewell Day

September 12, 1923 October 3, 2016
John Lovewell Day
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Obituary for John Lovewell Day

John L. Day, age 93, passed gently into pure love on the evening of
October 3, 2016. He was born September 13, 1923 in Arlington MA and lived
most of his life in Jackson, MS. At the time of death, he was residing in
Atlanta near his son and daughter-in-law, and died with grace and dignity.
At this moment he sits at the Fenway Park of his dreams watching Ruth,
Williams and other Hall of Famers, and word has it they¹ve even invited a
few NY Yankees to play along. His heavenly welcoming committee included
many jazz greats ­ composers, musicians and singers ­playing some of his
favorite tunes including ³Stella by Starlight², ³All the things You Are²
and ³Every time we Say Goodbye².

John served in the US Navy during WWII. He attended Harvard University
and eventually graduated from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Mr. Day
retired in 1993 at age 70 from a multi-decade career with Marion Merrell
Dow Pharmaceuticals as a professional sales representative. After
retirement, he stayed active by volunteering at the Mississippi Sports
Hall of Fame and playing golf with his friends at Canton Country Club well
into his eighties.

Retirement afforded him more time to follow the bliss he found in music ­
particularly classical jazz. His piano in collaboration along with his
friend¹s instruments gave his life a certain magic and beauty. Such
beauty he found elsewhere only in his wife Ann, who preceded him by two
years in death. After Ann¹s death, he continued playing with the New
Bourbon Street Jazz Band and other ³gigs² until six months prior to
passing. Both he and Ann are now reunited with parents John and Dorothy
Day, Tom Warner and Emma Burchfield. Mr. Day leaves behind an only son ­
John Day Jr. of Atlanta, and younger siblings Dorothy Ellis, Robert Day
and Lois Butterfield all of Massachusetts.

Though he outlived many of his friends, John Day lived life by the motto
the only way to have a friend is to be a friend². He was generous in
spirit, quick to laughter, likeable and humble. While he grew up in the
Northeast and adored his family and Cape Cod home, he adopted his friends
in Mississippi as family also. And they in turn adopted him. He will be
madly missed by many.

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