John J. Craven Jr.; anchored city’s Juvenile Court
In 23 years on the bench in Boston Juvenile Court, Judge John Joseph Craven Jr. saw scores of troubled families and children. In one case, he ordered a child taken away from a drug-addicted mother and counseled her to get well. Though she never conquered addiction, she sent the judge a large portrait of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Judge Craven, who had been an assistant Attorney General, died Nov. 22 He was 76.