John Enman, 93, formerly of Rindge, NH died peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester after a brief illness.
John was born in Littleton, NH on May 15, 1925, was raised in Saint Johnsbury, VT and Berlin, NH. He was the son of the late E. Wesley and Barbara (Garland) Enman. He loved the farm on Enman Hill in Berlin, NH and his grandparents were his childhood favorites. His stories about the farm, early days, his Packard with the rumble seat turned into a lifelong interest in automobiles. His parents’ travels took him to West Roxbury, Massachusetts where he met Jean Folsom, his future bride. They had just celebrated their 60th anniversary prior to her passing on November 16, 2008.
John quit high school in order to serve in World War II. While serving in Guam, his brother Warren was killed in active duty. When he returned home after his honorable discharge, John earned his GED before attending college at Northeastern University on the G.I. Bill, while raising two infant children.
John was well regarded as a self-made man. He began working in sales for Cunningham Grain and eventually worked for S.A Felton Brush in Manchester. When a select opportunity arose suddenly with a chance to make brushes for Eli Whitney’ Cotton Gin, John and Jean didn’t hesitate to start his J. Enman Brush Co in 1973. His business thrived and eventually sold. Soon thereafter, John founded Enman Sales Associates and became a valuable resource for many companies in the Northeast. Throughout his life, he taught his children all about the value of determination and hard work.
John and Jean had lived in Massachusetts and Connecticut and had summered in the Monadnock region since 1954. In 1989, they retired together and made the region their home ever since. John and Jean found great pride in their success in being parents as they watched their children help build their retirement home together in Rindge.
During his retirement, John stayed active delivering Meals on Wheels well into his eighties. He was able to spend many years enjoying the love of his family and friends while telling stories and his view of the world, while enjoying his dry martini and a glass of fine wine. John was blessed to have been able to experience one final Christmas together with four generations of his beautiful family in Vermont and his daughter from Maine.
In addition to his parents and his wife, John was also predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Anne Chisholm-Enman on January 13, 2017.
He will be missed but never forgotten by his survivors, daughter, Carol Enman of Cumberland ME; his two sons, Blair and his wife Claudette Enman of Rutland, VT, and Wesley Enman of Antrim, NH; his 5 grandchildren, Chris (Kirsten), Tom (Vanessa), Graham, Rebecca, and Derek, and by his great-grandchildren, Ellie, Caleb and Sam, his sister Barbara (Paul) Weatherbee and many nieces and nephews. Lunchtimes will never be the same, as he will also be missed by the rest of his musketeers in Jaffrey, Bill Driscoll and Joe Manning, and friends at Scott-Farrar.
It was John’s wish that there will be no calling hours and his services will be private and at the convenience of the family