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Former NFL player John M. LoVetere, 76

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Born in Waltham, MA, to the late Samuel Alfred LoVetere and Irene Estelle Devlin LoVetere, Mr. LoVetere had a seven year career in the NFL (1959-1966) as a defensive lineman with the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants.

A US Army Paratrooper, he served with the 187th Airborne Infantry. He was retired from Yellow Freight and for a time operated Scottie's Restaurant on Highway 70 in Watertown.

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 Watertown's at Hunter Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.

Survivors include: his wife Deanie "Debbie" LoVetere of Watertown; daughter Denise Jones of Watertown; grandchildren, Amber Vaughn, Kaise Adams, Jonathan Jones, Argus Vanderbilt LoVetere; five great grandchildren; brothers Ken, Greg, Richard, Joe, Ron and Sam LoVetere, Jr.

In addition to his parents, Mr. LoVetere is preceded in death by his son, John Jeffrey LoVetere and a brother, Raymond LoVetere.

Ken Beck profiled Mr. LoVetere in the Sept. 5, 2012 edition of The Wilson Post. That story is archived online at

Arrangements by Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown.

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