John P Ferrell III
October 30, 1933 – December 28, 2020
John P. Ferrell III (Jack) MERRITT ISLAND Passed away peacefully at Rockledge Regional Hospital on the 28th of December, 2020, at the age of 87. Beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather will be lovingly remembered by his children, Ruth Green and Deborah Albrecht; his sister Jeanne Jablonski; grandchildren Dana Scott, David Green, Melissa McWhite and Jamie McNeil; along with his five great grandchildren; Austin, Lauren, Jordan, Madison and Sophia. Preceded in death by his parents Edna Thompson and John P. Ferrell II, his brother Thomas James, and his beloved wife Doris M. Ferrell.
Jack was born October 30, 1933 in Clayton, NJ with humble beginnings growing up and working on his family’s dairy farm. Although soon at a very young age his natural ability, love and self-teaching of drawing and painting would take him far, later in life, and attribute to many accomplishments and successes. In high school he was a star athlete lettered in football and baseball, but his brightest star of all during that time would be meeting the love of his life, Doris.
Jack and Doris would soon wed on July 19, 1951. With the start of their new life together and family, he soon moved from working on the family farm to getting work with a sign company where he quickly learned lettering and sign painting. This new venture led to a new sign shop opportunity in Florida, making the move and a new start to Florida with his family. Five years later deciding on a career change he walked into Boeing, resume and portfolio in hand and was hired on the spot, given a position to learn mechanical design.
After a period of time, he was hired and went to work for McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Technical Design Program, contracted by the United States military and Kennedy Space Center. He retired at the age of 54.
In 1992 he designed and built a second home for him and Doris in the mountains of Burnsville, NC. Among his career successes, he also Illustrated two children’s books. His artwork is in a time capsule on the Moon; He was a member of Florida Watercolor Society, International Society of Marine Painters and Blue Ridge Mountain Artist Guild. He shared his knowledge and skill with others teaching art classes for several years. His creativity and artistry did not stop at drawing and painting. He was also an incredible woodworker and musician that mastered several instruments and played in multiple bluegrass bands for many years. He had a love of traveling and traveled the world, including hiking the Appalachian Trail and hopping trains to whatever destination would find him. He has now rejoined the love of his life in heaven, Doris, and is playing music and painting beautiful things in Gods House. A man and life beyond compare, forever loved and never forgotten.
Pending arrangement details a small graveside service will be held at Florida Memorial Gardens (5950 Rockledge Blvd, Rockledge, FL 32955).
The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at (https://alzfdn.org/) would be greatly appreciated.
John P Ferrell III
Jeanette “Jan” Inman
January 14, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss - I worked at McDonnell Douglas for 8 years in the Art Department with Jack - what a wonderful man - he made a card for my parents 50th Anniversary- I had to ask my mother how my parents met - after telling Jack how and were they met he painted a beautiful card for them - I wish I had it today to share with you- prayers for your family 🙏
January 13, 2021
Jack was a great neighbor, friend, and guitar mentor. He painted a wonderful sign for the entrance to our house. We have great memories of our nearly 25 years as neighbors in North Carolina. Thanks, Debbie and Ruthie, for sharing your wonderful folks with us
Jim and Margie Haaga