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John Jerome Waterfield, Jr.

December 24, 1927 - April 11, 2021

John J. Waterfield, Junior, age 93, passed away in his sleep due to natural causes on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Born December 24, 1927, into a small family on False Cape, he spent his formative years learning to hunt and fish, under the tutelage of his father. Despite growing up in the midst of the Great Depression and often in very difficult circumstances, he looked back on his childhood with fondness, remarking that he “loved every minute of it.”

Not satisfied with his prospects as a fisherman and hunting guide, Waterfield left home at the age of 15 to pursue a better life for himself. He initially met discouragement from his father, who told him “he would never make it”, to which he responded, “If I can’t make it, no one can.”

He went on to serve in the United States Merchant Marines, where he was sent all over the world at a very young age, and against the backdrop of World War ll. Upon his return, he met the love of his life Marie Beasley, of Colington, North Carolina, whom he married in 1947. The young couple would relocate to Virginia Beach, where he joined the Virginia Beach Police Department on June 28, 1952, beginning as one of the town’s first dispatchers. By 1978, he would become Major, Director of Communications who five years earlier, had been given the task of reorganizing the Departments Communications System. He presided over a period of 18 years which was marked by significant technological advances and played an integral role in the implementation of emergency dispatch services. He served in the Virginia Beach Police Department for over 40 years before he retired.

Waterfield was preceded in death by his wife, Marie. She died July 31, 2004. In life, the couple remained together for over 57 years. They had four children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, with one due to join the family in July.

Throughout his life, Waterfield remained industrious, often working a second and sometimes even third job. He was and avid collector of duck decoys and was known for his great love of country music. He also had a strong interest in family history and was very proud of his heritage on Back Bay, along with his many years of Police service.
Waterfield leaves behind a wonderful legacy which will be remembered, and shared by his children, grandchildren, friends, and co-workers whom he worked with over his 40-year career with the City of Virginia Beach Police Department.

The family will have a private family funeral service at Willowood Cemetery.

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The family will have a private family funeral service at Willowood Cemetery.

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Willowood Cemetery

Sandbridge Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

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