John "Jack" Joseph Desilets
October 12, 1944 – November 9, 2020
The compassionate and giving soul of John J. "Jack" Desilets 76, affectionately known as "Gentleman Jack", of Ormond Beach, FL and formerly of Keene, NH, will be greatly missed with his sudden passing at his home in Ormond Beach on November 9, 2020.
His parents, Joseph R. and Alberta (Schmelzle) Desilets, welcomed their son into the world on October 12, 1944 in Buffalo, New York while his father was serving overseas during WWII. Jack grew up in Keene attending St. Joseph Regional School in Keene, and was a 1962 graduate of Keene High School. Growing up, Jack loved spending his summers and school vacations on his grandparent’s farm in Cowlesville, NY.
Jack went on to attend Maine Maritime Academy, graduating with a bachelor degree in 1966. Following graduation, Jack then sailed in the Merchant Marines for almost three years, enjoying many wonderful times and memories created during this time.
Jack married Lorinda Murphy on June 20, 1970, raising 2 daughters, Melina and Maegan. Tragically, their daughter, Melina, died in a car accident in 1984.
He began his work career in 1970 as a nuclear engineer at the Vermont Nuclear Power Station, now Entergy, retiring in 1996. Wanting to continue to help others, Jack volunteered for ten years with Meals on Wheels before moving to Ormond Beach.
Jack will be greatly missed by many here and back in Florida, but more so by his daughter, Maegan Cerra and her husband, Eric Bay of Weston, VT; his grandchildren who fondly called him "Papa Jack", Melina Dosch, of Anchorage, Alaska, Erica Cerra of Stowe, VT, Eric Cerra, of Weston, VT; a great-granddaughter, Athena Dosch; his brother, Mark Desilets, of Swanzey, NH, sister, Andrea Payne, of Daytona Beach, FL; and his two nieces, Hannah Payne of Daytona Beach, and Molly Desilets, of Keene; and his former wife, Lorinda Desilets, of Ormond Beach. Jack was predeceased by a brother, Gary Desilets, and a brother-in-law, Bradley Payne.
A celebration of life and calling hours will be held for Jack on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. Family and friends are welcome to attend and are requested to please wear facemasks and to maintain the physical distancing requirements. Funeral services and burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Keene, will be held privately by the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack’s memory to the Wheels on Meals Program or to Patient Care Needs of Hospice, both in care of Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431-0564.
- Maegan Cerra (Eric Bay), Daughter
- Melina Dosch, Granddaughter
- Erica Cerra, Granddaughter
- Eric Cerra, Grandson
- Athena Dosch, Great Granddaughter
- Mark Desilets, Brother
- Andrea Payne, Sister
- Hannah Payne, Niece
- Molly Desilets, Niece
- Lorinda Desilets, Former Wife
- Gary Desilets, Brother (deceased)
- Bradley Payne, Brother-in-law (deceased)
- Alberta (Schmelzle) Desilets, Mother (deceased)
- Joseph R. Desilets, Father (deceased)
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Celebration of Life and Visitation
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Funeral Services and Burial will be held privately by the family.
John "Jack" Joseph Desilets
November 24, 2020
I knew Jack from many years ago, when we both worked at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station. His nickname of "Gentleman Jack" is not surprising. Jack was a soft-spoken, intelligent man who always treated his coworkers with the utmost respect. I am saddened by his passing. Rest in peace, Jack.
November 15, 2020
As one new to the work life at a nuclear plant, it was Jack that provided the clarity for me to complete the tasks required. I very much appreciated the confidence he inspired. My sincerest condolences to his family.
November 13, 2020
I worked for Jack many years ago at VY. He was someone that I thought of through the years. I learned a lot from him during the time we worked together. My favorite memory was a trip to Chicago the two of us did for training. We had some laughs and even did some training. Jack was a very intelligent guy and a very decent person. My sympathy is extended to family and friends.
November 12, 2020
I grew up with Jack from early childhood. Our parents were best friends, Birdie and Joe, Harold and Mary. Jack and I went to school from grade 1 to grade 12. Great friends all the way. I wish we had spent more time together in our later years.
Condolences to the family. I will always remember the good times on Knoll Ave. Great memories.
H Gregory Johnson