John J. Ferruggio

John J. Ferruggio of Milton, formerly of South Boston, passed away on June 19, 2010 at Milton Hospital of a sudden illness.  He is survived by wife Susan, sister Josephine, daughters JoAnn Kerzel and her husband David Doyle, Lisa DeLuca and her husband Stephen DeLuca, Donna Lee York and her husband Barry York and grandchildren Alicia, Chase, Katherine, Adam, Taylor and Jillian.  He was born July 6, 1925 in Boston, MA, graduated from South Boston High School and served as a Pharmacist Mate 1st Class in the Navy (loaned to the Third Marine Division) from 1943 to 1946. He was part of the historic battles – Guadal Canal, Guam, Iwo Jima and received the WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific 2 Stars and America Area ribbons.  John worked as an In-Flight Service Director for 27 years for Pan Am.  While working for Pan Am on September 6, 1970 Flight 93 was hijacked; John was considered to be the lead person with saving the lives of 176 people.  A documentary was made by PBS called “Hijacked” regarding this incident.  Services are scheduled for Wednesday, June 23 at 10:00AM at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., MILTON, with burial immediately following at Blue Hills Cemetery in Braintree.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Morrisette Post #294, 116 Sea St. Quincy, MA 02169.