John B. Niland, 74, from Boston, Massachusetts passed away unexpectedly at sea aboard Holland America Line cruise ship MS Eurodam on Sunday January 28, 2018 as the cruise ship returned to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Niland was on a Caribbean cruise with his wife Maureen A. (Riley) and lifelong friends Derrell and Bob McGrath of Pembroke.
John attended the Mission Hill Elementary School and was a graduate of Jamaica Plain High School. He also attended Newbury College where he attained his A.S. Degree in Business Administration.
John proudly served his country aboard the USS Essex and was Honorably Discharged in 1970 with the rank of E-3.
Niland worked for the former Boston Edison Co. (Now Eversource) for over 30 years and was a dedicated union member and shop steward of Local # 369 in Boston.