John R. Lundgren, 88, passed away May 4, 2021 at Masonicare of Mystic, where he resided for the past three years. He was born in Worcester, MA, son of the late Harold R. and Florence A. Lundgren. He was educated in the Worcester public schools, and graduated from North High School, where he was senior class president. He graduated from Yale University, class of 1955, and served on active duty in the U.S. Army, 1955-57.
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He met and married the love of his life, Carolyn Kenyon of Hopkinton, RI, while stationed at the NIKE guided missile site in North Smithfield, RI. Upon discharge from the Army, they lived in Holden, MA for 37 years, moving to Westerly, RI in 1986, and to Mystic in 2018.
In addition to his wife of almost 64 years, he leaves a daughter, Karin Lundgren (Patrick McGlinchey), and grandchildren Adam Blackman (Jennifer), Sarah (Travis King), Kassidi (Randy Cushman), Kevin Farrington, Jeremy McGlinchey, Justin McGlinchey (Megan) and Nicholas McGlinchey. He also leaves 3 great granddaughters, Caroline Blackman, Claire Blackman and Kali Cushman. He was predeceased by his daughter Kathi.
He spent his career in the field of insurance and risk management. He was a licensed property and casualty insurance advisor in Massachusetts for over 30 years. He established and directed the risk management function at Memorial Healthcare, Inc. and its predecessor corporations in Worcester (now UMass Memorial Healthcare) for over 20 years until his retirement. In earlier years he provided risk management and insurance consulting services to numerous Massachusetts cities and towns, as well as several New England health care facilities including UMass Medical Center, Yale New Haven Hospital and Berkshire Medical Center. He was a founding member of the Massachusetts Society for Healthcare Risk Management.
His hobbies, which he especially enjoyed with his grandchildren, included stunt kite flying and model railroading. He was a member of the North Conway (NH) Model Railroad Club and the Mystic Valley (MA) Railroad Club, a former member of the Worcester Rotary Club, and a member of the Worcester Area Sports Car Club in its early years.
There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in River Bend Cemetery, Westerly, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Lutheran Preschool, 15 East Beach Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813.