John James Check, 70, of Falls Bridge Road, Williamstown, Vt., passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in Graniteville, Vt.

Born on February 26, 1946 in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of Frank Thomas and Dorothy (Clark) Check. He attended elementary school in Northfield and graduated from Northfield High School in 1964.

Following graduation, he entered the United States Marine Corps in 1964, served during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1968.

On February 24, 1973, John married Geraldine Joyce Becker in Milford, CT. They made their home in Milford before moving to Williamstown in 2000.

He was self-employed owning the J.C. Construction Company as a skilled builder and carpenter.   

John was a member of the First Congregational Church of Berlin, where he served on the Board of Deacons. His other memberships include, the Harley Davidson Dresser Association, the Masonic Granite Lodge 35 F. &A.M., the American Legion Post 10, both of Barre, and an ATV Club in Vermont.

He enjoyed motorcycling, riding on his ATV, woodworking, working outdoors and especially loved animals.

Besides his wife, Geraldine Check of Williamstown, he is survived by a brother, Frank Check and his wife, Gloria of San Jose, CA; two special friends and buddies, Johnny Bonney of MD and Richie Bonito of CA; two nieces and cousins.

His parents and brother, Robert Francis Check predeceased him.

His graveside service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Veterans Hospital, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05009.

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre is in charge of the arrangements.