John Palmer Ingalls Jr., a lifelong resident of Swampscott and founder and retired president of the former Ingalls-Cronin Co., died Friday [April 4, 1997] at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston after a lengthy illness. He was 80.
Born and raised in Swampscott, Mr. Ingalls was a 1936 graduate of Swampscott High School and attended Gov. Dummer Academy.
During World War II, Mr. Ingalls served with the Edson [Raiders], 1st Marine Raider Battalion, the first group to land on Guadalcanal. He was decorated for his service.
He was president and owner of the Ingalls-Cronin Co., a paper company that was eventually sold to Carter Rice. Mr. Ingalls remained president until his retirement in 1987.
Active in Swampscott affairs, Mr. Ingalls was a Town Meeting member for many years and served on the Swampscott School Committee for eight years. He served as chairman of the Swampscott Building Needs Committee, chairman of the 1965 Memorial Day Parade Committee and was former chairman of the Swampscott Republican Committee.
He was also a member of the General John Chaisson Committee, the World War II Committee, the Marine Corps League, the American Legion and the VFW, all of Swampscott.
Mr. Ingalls was the founder of the Swampscott Alcoholics Anonymous Group and a member of AA for 43 years.
He was a former member of Tedesco Country Club and a member of the Swampscott Beach Club and Swampscott Club. He was also a member of the First Church in Swampscott Congregational.
Mr. Ingalls is survived by his wife of 53 years, M. Janet (Coughlin); a son, John III of Swampscott; three daughters, Pamela Leger and Nancy P. Gallugi, both of Swampscott, and Patricia Ingalls McGlynn of Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard; a sister, Martha P. Butterworth of Hingham; several nieces and nephews; and 10 grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the First Church of Swampscott Congregational.
Burial will be in Swampscott Cemetery, Swampscott.
Arrangements by Solimine, Landergan and Rhodes Funeral Home, Lynn.