photo_151350_WT0023227_1_johndvareckasnavyphoto_20140313photo_151350_WT0023227_2_johndvareckasiii_20140313AUBURN – John A. Dvareckas, III, 75, of Auburn died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Saint Vincent Hospital after a long illness with his loving wife by his side.

John leaves his wife of 50 years, Ann T. (Santimore) Dvareckas; a brother, Michael E. Dvareckas and his wife, Karen Haynes Dvareckas of Rutland, two nieces , Stephanie Dvareckas Plante and her husband, Jeff of Worcester, and Lindsay Dvareckas of Worcester, four nephews, Michael E. Dvareckas, Jr. and his wife, Gina of Las Vegas, NV, Jonathan Dvareckas and his wife, Laura Benson Dvareckas of Germany, Joseph Malinowski and his wife, Amy of Manchester, NH and Michael Malinowski and his wife, Bethany of Bedford, NH; also survived by goddaughter, Gail Daniels of Londonderry, NH and godson, Joseph Daniels, Jr. He also leaves many cousins and aunts; a special big “Bro” Garland Robertson and a loving buddy, Miss Bessie Robertson , both of Murfreesboro, TN and true blue buddies, Janice and Bob Smith of Moody, Maine.

He was born in Worcester, son of the late John A. Dvareckas, Jr and Yvonne (Daniels) Dvareckas. He graduated from St. John’s Prep School and Worcester Junior College. He later attended the National Graduate University and received a certificate in Grants Management. John served his country honorably with the United States Navy aboard the USS Noble # 218 and thereafter, as a hospital corpsman at the San Diego Naval Hospital.

John dedicated his life to helping people and for 23 years, John worked as the Director at the McKinnon Training Center in Southbridge, where he secured federal and state grants to help people move back into the workforce. Previously he worked for ITT Continental Baking in West Boylston and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Cottage Supervisor at the Lyman School for Boys in Westborough. John was also the Union Steward for the Local 1368 AFSCME and was the statewide Treasurer for that Local.

John was a two term Selectman for the Town of Auburn; Past Exulted Ruler of the Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks # 2118 and member of the National Association of Medics and Corpsmen and the Vietnam Veterans Association of America.

When John was in the Navy and stationed at the Naval Hospital in San Diego he wrote music and recorded a record with his music group Johnny Daril and the Med Tones. He also appeared on stage with Connie Stevens, Glenn Ford and Stuart Whitman in the late 1950-1960’s.

Before retirement he enjoyed traveling with his wife to San Diego, CA, and Bar Harbor, Maine. After retirement he wintered in New Smyrna Beach, Florida with his Moontide friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with John’s family on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 4-7 PM in the Britton –Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central Street, Auburn. Member of the Elk will perform their ritual at 6:00PM. His funeral will be on Saturday from the funeral home and a funeral Mass at 10 AM at Saint Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford St North, Auburn. Burial with military honors will be in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. Flowers may be sent or donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, or a charity of one’s choosing.

To leave a message of condolence for his family or to view his Book of Memories, please visit, www.brittonfuneralhomes.com.