TOWNSEND — Alfred L. “John” Elliott, 88, a longtime resident of Townsend, died on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at the Life Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton.

Mr. Elliott was born in Fitchburg on Dec. 16, 1919, a son of Alfred L. and Ruby K. (Cotton) Elliott Jr., and resided and grew up in Fitchburg and Mason, N.H.

He was the husband of Carol V. (Johnson) Elliott, who died in July 2002. They were married 62 years.

He is survived by two daughters, Vicki D. Mickola, of Ashby, and Karen J. Lorden, of Pepperell; and three sisters, Frances Therrien, of Lunenburg, Ruth Bell, of San Diego, Calif., and Esther Allen, of Goffstown, N.H. He also leaves seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was the brother of the late Harold Elliott, of Tucson, Ariz., Verne Elliott, of Pepperell, Joseph Cotton, of Barre, and Marion Elliott, of Mason.

He was a proud veteran who served his country in Patton’s 3rd Army as a military policeman in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star for meritorious service. Author D.A. Lande interviewed John about his experiences for the book, “I Was With Patton.”

Between 1948 to 1968, he owned and operated Elliott’s Jenny Station, and then Elliott’s Esso Service Station, both on Main Street in Townsend. He later worked for the New England Telephone Company for 11 years. John and Carol built and operated the Townsend Car Wash for several years. While waiting for Carol to retire, John drove a school bus for the Townsend schools.

After retiring, John and Carol lived for more than 20 happy years, enjoying the warm sunshine in Lehigh, Fla. During this time they drove their RV around the country seeing 49 states.

He was a member of the Townsend VFW, as well as the Combat Infantryman’s Association. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing and were members of the Wolf Rockers Square Dancing Club. Many years ago he and his family enjoyed spending time at their summer cottage on Melendy Pond in Brookline, N.H. Recently he played his harmonica with the Harmonicats at the Pepperell Senior Center.

A graveside service at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Mason, N.H., was held on May 28. There were no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Pepperell Senior Center, 37 Nashua Rd., Pepperell, MA 01463; or the VFW Foundation, Suite 514, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111.

The T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, of Townsend, is assisting the family with arrangements. Please see for additional information.