John was born in Buffalo, NY on September 16th, 1955, the son of Teresa (Violino) Pallone and the late Adrian Pallone of Windham, NH. Raised in Andover, he was a graduate of Andover High School. He attended Merrimack College and graduated with a BS in 1977. He went on to become a CPA in MA and NH, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. He and William Shaheen founded a distinguished accounting firm, Shaheen, Pallone & Associates, P.C. in North Andover, MA. He was also co-founder of PBJ Development Corporation, which owns and operates Crossroads Plaza in North Andover. In 1981, he married Donna (Shaheen) Pallone, and together they raised two children in North Andover for 27 years before moving to West Newbury, MA in 2012. He was a member of St. Michael's Parish in North Andover and more recently St. Anne's Church in West Newbury.
John gave back to the community in many ways. He was the past Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Covenant Health Systems, a member of the President's Leadership Council for Merrimack College, a member of the Finance Committee and past Chairperson for Mary Immaculate Health Care Services, a past member of the North Andover Zoning Board of Appeals (15 years), and past Chairperson for the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District.
John's family was his most important achievement. He loved being a father to his two children Matthew Pallone and Laura Perreault and an uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. He loved to share his passion for anything outdoors -- skiing, hiking, boating, biking, and fishing. He also loved to spend time in Chatham on the Cape where he had a summer home. Another passion of his was reading, and you could often find him with a book in hand. He never stopped learning and enjoyed sharing his wisdom with his children and grandchildren. His faith carried him through life, and he was a rock to his entire family. He often reminded his family that "worrying was a useless use of energy." To John, the cup of life was always "half full not half empty." Everyone that met John loved him for his calm, collected, and kind nature and his simple philosophical way of looking at life.
He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather and his grandchildren were his pride and joy.