OBITUARY

John "Jack" Richard Anderson

7 May, 195211 February, 2020

John "Jack" Richard Anderson passed away on February 11, 2020 in Weston, FL after a long struggle recovering from heart surgery.

Jack was born in Boston, MA on May 7, 1952, son of the late Roy Henry Anderson and Mildred Mary Anderson. Jack graduated from Matignon Catholic High School and went on to a career working for the USPS in Lexington, MA. Jack worked for USPS for over 30 years and retired to his "Paradise" in Naples, FL.

Jack loved his dogs including retired greyhound racers he adopted. Jack was an avid Boston sports fan especially the New England Patriots. He also loved fishing and would frequently go on fishing trips with his best friends and he proudly displayed a very large barracuda in his house. Jack loved cars and worked as a chauffer for a limousine company. Jack truly loved living in Florida where he could enjoy being with his closest friends and family enjoying the Florida weather.

He took a job at Hodges Funeral Home where he genuinely loved helping families through a grieving time. Jack loved and lived life to the fullest and brought happiness to all who were fortunate enough to know him.

Jack is survived by his three siblings, Bob, Bill, and Cheryl; nieces and nephews, Wendy, Rob, Kami, Scott, Jill, Peter, Christopher, and Gregory; and his extended family of dear friends.

A Celebration of Life for Jack will take place in the Boston area at a later date. The initial date of March 22nd, 2020 has been postponed due to the ongoing issues surrounding the Corona Virus to help protect and keep Jack's dearest friends and family healthy during this time.

A Celebration of Life for Jack in Naples, FL at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens has also been postponed at this time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jack's honor to The American Heart Association (www.heart.org) or to the Veteran Charity of your choice.

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Carol Quintiliani

March 2, 2020

Carmen and I send our sincerest sympathy & love to Cheryl, Bob, and Bill; to Cousin Barbara; and to all Jack’s loving nieces and nephews. Additionally, though in Jackie’s world, there were nonbiological sisters and brothers down in “his paradise” in Naples, who supported, loved, encouraged, and spent time with him every day. Norman, one of the original three, (Norm, Jackie & Lou) was there, (and without fail, sent me a daily summary of Jack’s health condition) and his sweet wife, Debbie; there was Nurse Debbie (Coscia) who had the medical skills to share with his family what she saw in a way no one else could, and her loving husband, Michael. There was Jim White, who, on a daily basis, visited Jackie bringing him whatever he desired; additionally, Jim passed along a complete assessment of Jackie’s health to the rest who, at that time, were not nearby. Other siblings were Leonardo and Linda; and Gary & Michele who supported Jackie in every way they could. Together, they all were their own little family who had been long-time friends for years, and who bonded together even more closely as Jack often had serious setbacks and his health deteriorated. Jack did not go through his health crises alone; he always had people he loved there to support him; he deserved that; that’s what Jack did for others.

May our loving God give all Jack’s family the strength, support, and courage during the difficult days and months ahead. And . . . May our loving Lord hold Jackie tightly in His loving arms. Rest in Peace, my friend.

Love for always,
Carol (and Carmen too)

Carol Quintiliani

March 2, 2020

I also lovingly remember how much you loved, honored and respected your mom and dad. Your beautiful mom had great devotion to St. Therese, the Little Flower as did Carmen, Lou and me. She asked you to give me a beautiful picture of St. Therese when she was no longer here; and she said, “I will come down and haunt you when I am gone if you do not give that to her.” You did; and I will always cherish it.

The memories I have when I reflect back had so many happy ones; but some deeply sad ones as well. How devastated you were when your dad and then your mom passed. There was never a more respectful son than you were to your parents. You honored God’s Fourth Commandment,
“Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother.” You followed His Commandment well, my friend.

When we lost our parents, you were there to help us through. And when Lou passed, again, you were right there in every way to support, console, and love us. When I visited mom’s, dad’s and Lou’s graves, I often saw evidence that you were there. On the headstone, there would always be a little rock; I don’t know what it symbolized; but I did know, “Jack was here to visit and say a prayer.” You were the ultimate loyal friend always to Lou.

Recently, when you got sick, I remember sending you some of Lou’s religious items. I knew you would cherish them; and he would want you to have them. When I went to Mass I would pray for you (and at home too); I would light a candle for you; and I would receive the Sacrament of the Sick for you, at Mass as well. None of that was enough; God wanted you to go Home with Him. You had suffered enough – It is my hope and belief that you are in a far better place, with your mom and dad, Lou, and other loved ones; in a much more beautiful place than any of us on earth can ever imagine.

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Carol Quintiliani

March 2, 2020

Dear, Dear Jackie

On February 11th the world lost one of the sweetest, kindest, most gentle souls on this earth; but heaven gained a beautiful angel. I want to think that losing you is just a bad dream from which I will awake; but as the days go by, it is becoming a painful reality. It will take more time to settle in; but meanwhile, my heart is heave and very sad.

My memories go back to when you, Norm and Lou were young kids – The three of you were fill of hell in innocent ways; just fun-loving young guys. However, you were also respectful, loving young men, so very close to each other, that those of us who knew you saw the three of you more like “three nonbiological brothers."

One of my earliest memories was when big, tall you would drive into our driveway on Kimball Road in a small, good-looking car. My dad always commented on that; and we would have a good laugh.

Then, there were the instances that it would take you five minutes (or it seemed as though it were) for big you to gently bend down and give little, pint-sized me a sweet kiss on the cheek. It took a while, but it was worth the wait.

I recall the Halloween Parties down at Humarock, hosted by brother Lou, that “big sis” was never invited to and never was told what transpired those Halloween evenings. I always wondered why I wasn’t included in the guest list and tried to guess what you were all doing to have fun. I guess I will never know; and probably best that I don’t!

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Alan Hutchings

February 19, 2020

Jack,
You and your family have been such good friends to my family. I'll never forget when we took the classes in Central Square for the US Postal exam. Thank you for all your kindness - all the times you got up in the early hours of the morning and used your snow blower to clear a path on our walk. Being there for us when our parents passed away. The oranges you brought us when you came back from Florida vacations. I was so glad that you stopped by that Sunday, not long before you retired and went down to Florida . I'm glad you made it down there to retire but sad that you left us too soon. Rest in peace, good neighbor. May God watch over you and comfort your family.

Bob, Bill and Cheryl - I was shocked and saddened to read of Jack's passing. He passed away too soon. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Dave Hutchings

February 18, 2020

Cheryl, Billy and Bobby,

Karlyne and I were heartbroken to hear of Jack's passing; our most heartfelt condolences to you. Jack was a good neighbor, and his many kindnesses to us - especially to my Mom and Dad - were never forgotten. Sometimes a heart as big as Jack's just needs to find its rest sooner than most. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May Jack's soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Cheryl Anderson

February 14, 2020

To my brother Jack
I never thought I’d have to say goodby to you. You were such a very loving, caring and compassionate man who I was very fortunate to have as my brother. I remember our wonderful childhood memories of growing up in Arlington.
You were my big brother, who always made me feel safe and secure. I could always go to you — you were always there for me. We had so many laughs together which I will never forget. I will always
hold you close to my heart.
Rest In Peace, Jack 💕💕

JoAnn Morris-Grime

February 13, 2020

Dear family, please accept my condolences on your loss. I had the pleasure of getting to know John working with him at the funeral home. We shared many stories together from back home with our Massachusetts accents and had lots of laughs together. It was a pleasure to get to know him and call him my friend!! I will miss his smile and laughter. God truly has gained another angel. Rest well my friend. Love JoAnn

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY