John Bimshas, 89, of Plymouth, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2022. Born in Šiauliai, Lithuania, he was predeceased by his parents, Jonis and Anna Bimszas, his daughter, Kathi Bimshas, and his sister, Gertrude Galminas of Winnipeg, Canada.

He graduated from Hyde Park High School and Northeastern University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and joined the Instrumentation Laboratory of MIT (renamed Draper Lab) in 1959. His entire career was devoted to defense work for his adopted country.

The lab was involved in classified research and development for the U.S. Navy, designing and building inertial guidance systems for the Navy submarine-launched ballistic missiles. He began as a mechanical design engineer, progressed to the leader of the Mechanical Systems Division, and eventually became Director of Navy Strategic Programs. He was responsible for the complete mechanical optical and thermal design, conceptualization, documentation, and construction of the POLARIS, POSEIDON, and TRIDENT Guidance Systems. He was proud of his participation in developing and ensuring the continued viability of the world's primary deterrent against Soviet aggression and keeping this country safe.

John was a WWII refugee who arrived in the United States in 1949 after his idyllic country of Lithuania became savaged by both Soviet Communists and Nazi Fascists. In 1940 he experienced the propaganda of Soviet Communism firsthand, and his family felt the effects of the Bolshevik occupation as the communist government seized a room in his home and quartered Red Army officers there.

In the summer of 1941, Hitler's Barbarossa campaign commenced, destroying much of his childhood neighborhood and killing close neighbors. His spared family home offered shelter for the distraught despite the failed attempt by Nazi SS troopers to separate the men from the women and children. He lived under German occupation for about 3 1/2 years and witnessed the hardships, horrors, and atrocities associated with that brutal war.

In 1944 his father decided that they would not be overrun by the advancing Soviets again, so they fled to the west, leaving Lithuania and skirting the boundaries of Germany and Czechoslovakia before reaching an alien refugee camp on the west side of Selb. (Years later the family learned they had come within one day of being deported to Siberia.)

In 1945 they were freed by the Americans and then shuttled between various Displaced Persons camps in the American zone of Germany, where he learned to speak English. In 1949, through the Displaced Persons Act, his family came to America, sponsored by Marion Hardy who owned a farm in Bennington, Vermont.

John was married to the late Martha (Ellard) Bimshas from1955 to1977. They had four children: the late Kathleen (Kathi) A. Bimshas of Needham; John (Jack) R. Bimshas (Kim), of Stow, Ohio; James (Jim) E. Bimshas (Judie) of Dover, New Hampshire; and Karl D. Bimshas of San Diego, California. In 1980 he married Dorothea Pappas and they enjoyed retirement in Orleans on Cape Cod until she died in 2011. He married Joan Harrison in 2013 and between their honeymoon in Hawaii and a later cruise in Alaska, he came close to completing his goal of visiting every state in the union.

He loved his grandchildren: Jessica, James, John, Andrew, Sarah, Katiana, and Jonas. His expansive heart welcomed Joan’s granddaughters, Charlotte, Trixie, and Ashley into the fold. Every great-grandchild who arrived on the scene increased his happiness.

He was the beloved Uncle John to Kristina and Brenda in Canada. He enjoyed taking guests, especially children, out on his boat where he answered to “Captain John”. Countless treasured friends and passing acquaintances were instantly buoyed by his smile and great personal charm.

Not infrequently referred to as one of the world's finest men, his wit, wisdom, leadership, curiosity, inventiveness, and patriotism served as an inspiration to those who met him. He was a kind, sociable, caring, and generous man, quick to offer aid and comfort to those in distress. He loved being surrounded by family and friends to celebrate their accomplishments and to show off the latest contraption he fashioned for feeding birds or frustrating the squirrels (the only foes he could not defeat.)

In his book, Escaping War; Our Journey to Freedom, John wrote in part, "My father was our hero. Because he didn't talk much about those days, I don't know how he managed to make all the good decisions that got us to safety. What I do know is that he has been my model for what a father should be." This sentiment applies equally to him, echoed and heralded by his three surviving sons.

Due to Covid, services will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Cartmell-Davis Life Celebration Funeral Home, Plymouth. Donations may be made in John’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod, 2095 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631. For more information or to sign the online guestbook please visit

Kathy Cartmell-Sirrico

Funeral Director

Kathy has been a lifelong resident of Plymouth and grew up in the funeral business. After graduating from Plymouth Carver High in 1974, she earned her Funeral Director’s license at the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. After her father’s retirement in 1985, Kathy took over his business. She was selected by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the State Division of Professional Licensure under the board of Funeral Directing and Embalming for several years which included a position as Chairman. Kathy also served on CURA Visiting Nurses, Cranberry Hospice, and Plymouth Public Library as a board member. Kathy also served on committees for St. Mary Parish in Plymouth. She was the first woman President for the Plymouth Kiwanis. In addition, she also was deployed to St. Charles Parish and New Orleans as a Mortuary Officer for DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) following the events of Hurricane Katrina. Kathy is the proud mother of twins and grandmother of two. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, family and her dog Morticia.

Paul Santos

Funeral Director

Paul has been a Plymouth native his entire life. He graduated from Plymouth-Carver Regional High School Class of 1971. He attended Massasoit Community College and received a degree in Business Administration. Paul had an interest in the Funeral Industry and decided to attend the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. He received his funeral directing license in 1975. Paul apprenticed with a local funeral home from 1974-1976. His career took another turn where he became a Sergeant for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. Paul has been retired for the past few years and has rejoined the funeral industry here at Cartmell-Davis. He is a Communicant of St Joseph Church in Kingston as well as a Eucharist Minster. Paul served on the Plymouth Board of Health for eight years where he also served as Chairman for two of those years. Paul is active in the community and is a member of the American Legion Post 40 SAL Squadron, Past Vice President for the Unity Club and is also a member of the Seaside Club, the Hill Top Club, the Columbo Club, the Young America Club. Paul is also a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council #4480 in Kingston, MA.

Seth Silveira

Funeral Director

Seth has been working with Cartmell-Davis since 2018 and is a recent graduate of Cape Cod Community College, earning his degree in Mortuary Science. A strong sense of service to the elderly and disabled person, he has advocated for their independent living and safe homes prior to joining the funeral home. Seth is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Charlton School of Business. In his spare time, Seth enjoys golf, playing the guitar and volunteering as a youth baseball umpire.

Heidie L. Grant

Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance Agent, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Heidie (Lawrence) Grant has worked in the funeral service business for over twenty-five years. She enjoys working with a dedicated, caring and generous staff of people who believe that assisting families during their difficult time is top priority. She believes in meeting and exceeding all expectations throughout the entire funeral planning process and doing whatever possible to make it easier for the family.

Mary Aveni

Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Mary is happy to be back home in Plymouth after living and working on the North Shore of Boston in a well-known funeral home for the past 30 years. Mary attended Plymouth-Carver High School Class of 1980. Following graduation, she attended the New England Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences where she earned her degree in Funeral Service. She joined the Cartmell-Davis team in 2017 and has reacquainted with the community, family and friends. Mary knew her pathway at a young age. Her desire to help people with compassion, comfort and respect has guided her love for funeral service. Mary was asked by NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association) to offer her assistance immediately following the events of September 11th, 2001. Mary worked diligently with DNA Specialists and Families helping them through a horrific time in our nation’s history. Mary is one of four siblings and has 2 nephews. Mary is a proud member of the Plymouth Arts Center. On time off, Mary relaxes by the sand or surf but is always up for listening to music, taking in an art show or seeing a play and spending time with friends and family.

Daniel R. Holland

Care Center Manager, Funeral Director

Dan is a proud graduate of Plymouth North High School Class of 2000. His desire to work with families and the community lead him to attend the Funeral Institute of the Northeast upon his graduation. As a former Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team), he has helped families find closure in the worst times such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Continental Flight 3407 disaster in Buffalo, NY. Dan has been recognized as the top “40 under 40” by the Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine (2017). Always willing to learn, Dan is busy attending classes and seminars to better serve the funeral profession and families. Actively involved in the Lions Club (Past President), you can find him out with his dog Harper, or working on his home with his husband Chris.

Kenneth Dooley

Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth began his career in International Banking in New York City. After 25 years, he decided to start a new career as a business owner in Key West. After 20 years in the event business Kenneth and his husband Peter decided to sell their business. As a recent transplant to Plymouth, Kenneth has joined us in his new position as CFO. Kenneth brings to the table 40 years of accounting and business expertise to our family business focusing on the day to day financial operations.

Jeffrey D. LaForest

Funeral Assistant, After Care Coordinator, Vice President / Owner

Jeff has been part of the Cartmell-Davis family his entire life as cousin to Kathy Cartmell Sirrico. Experienced as a funeral apprentice, he lends a hand, offers an ear to listen and guides survivors to celebrating a life in his work as After Care Coordinator. Jeff believes that “each family grieves differently; no family grieves the same”. Jeff is a former Flight Attendant/Recruiter who retired after a 30 year career with American Airlines. Pairing his knowledge of both the funeral and airline industry, he compassionately cared for the crew members families that lost a loved one following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. In addition, Jeff is a former Mortuary Officer of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) and was deployed to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina where he assisted in recovery efforts. He is a cantor/soloist for St. Bonaventure Parish in Plymouth. Jeff is a proud Uncle to several nieces and nephews, loves spending time with family, friends and his husband John and their two dogs Shelby and M’Lynn.

John J. Vincent, Jr.

Funeral Director and Insurance Agent, President / Owner

A lifelong Plymouth native, John is actively involved in the community with leadership roles with the Lions Club, St. Joseph’s Council #4480, Knights of Columbus, Old Colony Club, Young America Club and the Portuguese Continental Union Lodge #1 Plymouth. Equally, he is dedicated to serving his funeral profession as a member of the Board of Directors for the MA Funeral Directors Association and as a Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) for FEMA. If asked, John would say the most rewarding part of his work is serving families during the most difficult times by listening and helping them through the healing process. He loves being part of a team that shares his compassionate manner and celebratory service. During time off, John loves living in the Pinehills Community with his husband, Jeff, and their two dogs, Shelby and M’Lynn, traveling, the sunshine and spending time with friends.