In Memoriam: John Deacon, transit advocate

April 4, 2008

By Robert Terrell, On the Move Coordinator

The struggle for public transportation has lost one of its greatest advocates. John Deacon passed away on Sunday, March 30 at his home in Medford, Massachusetts. As a member of the Washington Street Corridor Coalition and the Sierra Club, John fought for projects that would bring great benefit to communities of color and working class neighborhoods throughout the Boston region. Whether it was light rail along Washington Street, the Arborway Restoration or the North-South Rail Link, John always stood for transportation justice.

John always made his vast historical knowledge and experience available to any group in need. His contributions to our struggle over the past 20 years are so numerous there is not adequate space to do them justice. John will be sorely missed and the best way to honor his legacy is to continue the work to which he devoted his life.

There will be a wake for John at the Doherty Funeral Home in Somerville this Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. If you would like to send condolences to his family, contact ACE and we will pass your messages to them.