John D. Foster, 95

Oct 7, 2022

John D. Foster, 95, of South Dartmouth, passed away Thursday, September 29th at the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home. He was married to the love of his life, the late Dolores "Dolly" (Dutra) Foster for 52 wonderful and fun years.

The son of the late Manuel and Doris (Field) Foster, John was born in Dartmouth and lived there his entire life. John served in the US Army, Medical Detachment 38th Infantry, during WWII. He worked as a Corrections Officer and a Special State Police Officer for the Commonwealth of MA. He was a Call Firefighter for Dartmouth Fire District 1 for many years.

John was an avid golfer and member of the Hawthorne Country Club (Old Timers League).  He loved to travel with family and friends, especially to Walt Disney World and Branson, Missouri.  John was known for his kind heart and was affectionately called "Pop" and "Uncle John," by almost everyone who knew him.  John loved making kale soup for his family and neighbors, and had an annual tradition of waking up early the day before Easter to stand in line for sweet bread at the local bakery.

John was a loyal supporter of all Dartmouth sports.  Season after season, John would bring his own chair, sit in the end zone, wearing a big smile, cheering for the home team, and occasionally, yelling at the refs.  He was immensely proud to be recognized at a High School football game as Dartmouth's #1 Fan and was given a lifetime membership to enter any and all games, for free.  

He is predeceased by his sister Doris Pilkington.  John is survived by his three children; Jane Simmons and her husband Mike, Joan Hellmuth and her husband Kirk and John Foster and his wife Glenys, all of South Dartmouth,  five grandchildren Kathryn Shilling and her husband Tim, Peter Simmons and his wife Lisa, Andrew Foster, Lindsey Foster and Samuel Foster;  four great grandchildren Caroline, Olive, Jane and Gus; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; all of whom he cherished.

John was proud to live at home for almost his entire life.  His favorite mantra was, "you've got to keep moving".  He loved his community, his neighborhood, and visits from his family and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service with military honors on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 10 am at the South Dartmouth Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dartmouth High Athletics, 555 Bakerville Road, South Dartmouth, MA 02748.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Aubertine-Lopes Funeral Home, 129 Allen Street. For online guestbook, please visit