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Our beloved, John J. Chisolm, the son of the late Lena Virginia Chisolm was born on June 9, 1950, in Ridgeland, South Carolina. He was the second eldest son of eight siblings: Marion (deceased), Noree (deceased), Lorraine, Ezekiel, Mary Ann, Erie Tyrone and James.
As a child, John was raised by his beloved grandparents, Deborah Terry Chisolm Smith and Jim Smith. He worked as a farmhand for the Thomas Family Farm while receiving his elementary schooling. After the passing of his grandmother, John was reunited with his mother and younger siblings before moving to Boston, MA with his brother Marion at the age of twenty. Within a few years their brother, Ezekiel, joined them in Boston. Among his brothers and friends, John was known for working hard and playing hard. He secured day jobs at various construction sites, moonlighted as a school bus driver while working alongside Marion and his cousin, James Greene, Jr. at Wentworth Institute in the evenings. In his down time, you could catch him flashing his dimples at the ladies while playing pool with his buddies.
Since childhood, John’s talent for using his hands to build never failed him. For over 30 years, he was a Laborer with the Laborers’ Union Local 151. John’s talent is imprinted all throughout Boston from the subway tiles at Porter Square train station, the deepest underground station in the Greater Boston MBTA system, to the brick walls at Harvard Law School, the stone wall on Cedar St in Roxbury and the prominent buildings that adorn our Downtown Boston City skyline. Boston will forever be surrounded by John J. Chisolm’s talent.
John was blessed to have two great loves throughout his lifetime, his wife, Dana Angela Howell-Chisolm (deceased) and second wife, Davina Hamlin-Chisolm. John loved his family deeply and never failed to provide. Through his actions, John taught his children and those that loved him the rewards of working hard and loving hard as well as the joy of fishing, cooking, and how to smile through adversity and remain faithful in God’s promises.
He is leaving behind, his wife: Davina; seven children: Charleah, Jai, Dana, Jonathan, Jasmine, Shyanne and Sydea and ten grandchildren: Mykhal, Jálah, Aidan, Destiny, Camille, Melanie, Leila, Devin, Josiah and Jai Jr. and a host in-laws, nieces, nephews who love him dearly.
John, who was lovingly nicknamed “Chisolm” or “Chizz” is forever in our hearts. His laughter, dimpled smile, genuine energy of warmth, and love for life will forever be missed. He will be remembered for his weekly visits and calls just to say hi or I love you, the witty nicknames he gave to everyone, his comedy, being an ultimate wrestling fanatic, and the man who could fix anything, on a car or building walls and everything in between. John was the man we all called on. How blessed are we to have known and loved such an incredibly giving, talented and kind man of God.