John Farnum Putnam passed away on August 6, 2022, in Ocala, Florida after struggling with several long
illnesses over the past few years. He was born on May 3rd, 1938, in Holyoke, Massachusetts to John
Franklin and Eleanor H Putnam.
John is survived by his wife Carole Putnam, with whom he happily shared his life for 33 years. They spent
their early years as a couple in Connecticut while enjoying winters in Florida as snowbirds. After retiring
in 2012, they made Ocala, Florida their home.
John grew up in Westhampton, Massachusetts, graduated from Northampton High School, and earned a
Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy of
Kings Point, New York, Class of 1959. After graduating from Kings Point, John served onboard the USS
Graham County LST 1176 as LTJG for the US Navy from August 20, 1957 to February 26, 1960 and then
moved on to have an extensive engineering career working for the following companies: Hamilton
Standard (Space & Life Division, environmental control systems for space exploration), Pratt & Whitney
Turbo Power and Marine (Gas Turbines), Brown and Root, Bird Johnson (KAMAWA Bow Thrusters and
Controllable Pitch Propellers), and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division. He finished his career as a
Senior Quality Assurance Manager working for Northeast Utilities at the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant.
Keeping busy after retirement, he worked for his son as a part-time fence estimator and salesman for
Eagle Fence & Guardrail in Connecticut.
John is survived by his sister, Joan Sarafin of Northampton, Massachusetts, his three children with
former wife Edith Rider Putnam; John Scott Putnam of Farmington, Connecticut; Linda Gawronski of
Taftville, Connecticut; and Steven Putnam of Seabrook, Texas; and his two stepchildren; Erin Sirpenski of
Burbank, California; and Ryan Sirpenski of Montville, Connecticut. John was also blessed with four
grandchildren, Kimberly Ann Cody, Jessica Lynn Putnam, Joseph Scott Putnam and Jared Michael
Gawronski, as well as two step grandchildren, Raigan Sirpenski and Toby Sirpenski, and two great
grandchildren, Adalyn Mae Lee and Levi Joseph Cody.
Motorcycles were a life passion of John’s and he and his wife traveled extensively across country with
them, logging in over a million miles in his lifetime. A favorite motorcycle trip was from Germany to
France through the Alps in 2000. Other favorite trips were visiting National Parks and presidential
libraries. John was a member of the Florida Prowlers motorcycle group and life member of the New
London Motorcycle Club in Connecticut, well known by his biker buddies as the “Rally Master”.
This responsible, kind, loving, gregarious and popular man could always be counted on to tell an
entertaining story. John will be sorely missed by those who knew him.
He will be interred at Bushnell National Cemetery.
A Celebration of John’s Life will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2022 at Baldwin Brothers Timber Ridge Chapel 11250 SW 93rd Ct. Rd., Ste 300, Ocala, Florida 34481.