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Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home

142 Elm Street, Marblehead, MA

OBITUARY

John "Jay" AM Dow Jr.

November 4, 1927October 21, 2019
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MARBLEHEAD - John “Jay” AM Dow, Jr., age 91, passed away on Monday, October, 21, 2019 after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the love of his life, Day (Morrill) Dow with whom he just celebrated 68 years of marriage. He was the loving father of William Dow and his wife, Mary (Donovan) Dow of Marblehead and the cherished grandfather of their children, Jack and Grace. He was the loving father of the late John AM Dow, III and his surviving wife, Linda Dow of Brookline; and the uncle and great uncle of many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by several cousins and extended family members. Jay loved spending time with his family, which was most important to him. He could often be seen with his wife, Day walking all over Marblehead. He also loved being in the company of his first cousin, Jan Johnson. Jay grew up travelling between Roslindale and Marblehead but was a true Marbleheader. He spent his younger years as a lobsterman with his brother in law, Ben Morrill, building 400 traps and knitting the heads by hand. Jay could build anything. He was very talented craftsmen. If it was broken Jay would go down to his shop in his basement and he could fix it. Jay served in WWII attending the Army Educational Program in Yokohama, Japan. He was passionate about education and graduated from the Massachusetts Teachers College also earning his Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University. Jay taught Industrial Arts “shop” for 40 years in Marblehead. Jay served on the MTRS, MA Teachers Retirement System, and was also on the PRIM Board, Pension Reserves Investment Management Board for educators. Jay was also a past President of the MA Teachers Association. In his retirement Jay kept very active. He continued his love of Marblehead by giving historical tours of the town. He drove the elderly for their appointments from the Marblehead Council on Aging. He was a 65 year member of the Masons also a member of the Gerry 5 Club. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at in the Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Marblehead Public Schools via www.friendsofmarblhead.com. To share a memory or leave online condolences please visit eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Lee Weed

November 5, 2019

Dear Day,
Sending my thoughts and condolences to you. I know all too well the emptiness that you must feel in your life with the loss of your dear husband Jay.
I remember being in the eighth grade in junior high school and Jay was our science teacher at that time.
Hold on to the many years of memories that you share and they will help to comfort you during this difficult time. My best to you.
Lee Weed

Brenda Finigan Ronzano

October 31, 2019

So sorry to hear of Jay’s passing.
I love seeing my mom and dad with Jay, Day, Bob and Jackie in happy times! Thinking of you at this sad time.
Brenda

michon peacock

October 24, 2019

My deepest condolences to Day - when I think of Day, I think of Jay - they were definitely soul mates! My sincere condolences, too, to Bill & his family & John's wife as well, and to all of Jay's family. He was such an admirable human being and an ambassador for education. He will surely be missed!

Sean Neilon

October 23, 2019

So sorry to hear the news of Mr. Dow's passing. I will always remember him as a tireless education advocate who fought to make things better for students, educators and retired educators.

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Biography

MARBLEHEAD - John “Jay” AM Dow, Jr., age 91, passed away on Monday, October, 21, 2019 after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the love of his life, Day (Morrill) Dow with whom he just celebrated 68 years of marriage. He was the loving father of William Dow and his wife, Mary (Donovan) Dow of Marblehead and the cherished grandfather of their children, Jack and Grace. He was the loving father of the late John AM Dow, III and his surviving wife, Linda Dow of Brookline; and the uncle and great uncle of many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by several cousins and extended family members.
Jay loved spending time with his family, which was most important to him. He could often be seen with his wife, Day walking all over Marblehead. He also loved being in the company of his first cousin, Jan Johnson.
Jay grew up travelling between Roslindale and Marblehead but was a true Marbleheader. He spent his younger years as a lobsterman with his brother in law, Ben Morrill, building 400 traps and knitting the heads by hand. Jay could build anything. He was very talented craftsmen. If it was broken Jay would go down to his shop in his basement and he could fix it.
Jay served in WWII attending the Army Educational Program in Yokohama, Japan. He was passionate about education and graduated from the Massachusetts Teachers College also earning his Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University. Jay taught Industrial Arts “shop” for 40 years in Marblehead.
Jay served on the MTRS, MA Teachers Retirement System, and was also on the PRIM Board, Pension Reserves Investment Management Board for educators. Jay was also a past President of the MA Teachers Association.
In his retirement Jay kept very active. He continued his love of Marblehead by giving historical tours of the town. He drove the elderly for their appointments from the Marblehead Council on Aging. He was a 65 year member of the Masons also a member of the Gerry 5 Club.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at in the Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Marblehead Public Schools via www.friendsofmarblhead.com.