John Edward Lennox
May 8, 1943 – September 26, 2021
John E. Lennox, 78, of Eastham, MA passed away at home on September 26, 2021 surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in 1943 in Hackensack, NJ, and eldest son of the late John A. Lennox of Harris, NJ and Kathleen Lennox of Secaucus, NJ. A graduate of both the NJ Institute of Technology and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He proudly served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Colonel, and worked 10 years with Raytheon Corporation before retiring from Chelmsford, MA to Cape Cod in 2000.
Jack, as most people knew him, is survived by his wife of 52 years, Olive (Bea) Lennox (Schleicher), sister Kathleen Kazalis (Lennox), brother-in-law James Kazalis, of Rutherford, NJ, brother Robert Lennox, sister-in-law Dale Lennox of Parsippany, NJ, and brother-in-law Edward Schleicher of Austin, TX. Jack leaves behind two sons, John E, Jr of Quincy, MA, son Robin and daughter-in-law Megan of Cumberland, ME. He is survived by three grandchildren, Alexandra, Abigail and Ethan, many cousins, and several nieces and nephews.
While in the Air Force and stationed at Patrick AFB, Cocoa Beach, FL, Jack was a Mission Controller on ARIA (Apollo Range Instrumentation Aircraft), which provided a voice link with the Apollo spacecraft to assure acquisition, tracking, and telemetry data recording when out of range of ground stations or ships. Jack’s ARIA EC-135 transported some of the moon rocks collected during the Apollo missions. In retirement, Jack worked part time at Cape Cod National Golf Course in Brewster, MA and helped start a landscape business with friends. Jack became involved in politics while living on Cape Cod and was chairman of his committee. He also worked elections at the Eastham Town Hall and was a member of the Eastham Veterans’ Memorial Committee. Jack was a member of the Eastham United Methodist Church, serving on the Education Committee, as Church Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee.
Jack was deeply loved, admired and respected by all who knew him. A strong believer in family, God and helping others, he treated everyone with kindness. His favorite activities were working outdoors, gardening and beautifying his yard. He loved having family and friends visit his Cape Cod home, beaches and backyard pond. His philosophy of life was “wait to worry” and having “Big Fun” with grandchildren, family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Eastham United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 24th at 1:00 pm. There will be a reception luncheon following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
John Edward Lennox
October 23, 2021
I knew Jack over the past 20 years after Jack and his wife Bea moved to Eastham together and we were involved in past town and political interests. We were both engineers and he greatly enjoyed discussing many of of his past aviation and aerospace projects with me and I buildings and bridges. Jack, always took a kind interest in people and had a positive outlook and demeanor in life, friends and people throughout our community. He will greatly be missed to all who were fortunate to have known him. My sincerest sympathy goes out to his family, God bless you Jack.
Joseph Bianchi, P.E.
October 12, 2021
I am glad that I was able to meet Jack when he visited Savannah several years ago. He was very nice and we really enjoyed the visit. The Savannah Lennox family sends our thoughts and prayers.
September 28, 2021
Jack and I were in the Air Force together. I first met him when he was working in the Pentagon around 1979. At that time I was at Hanscom AFB. He helped obtain needed funds for several new operational capabilities that Hanscom was acquiring for my command. We met at Hanscom again in 1989 when we both were stationed together at Hanscom. Our next meeting was here on the Cape around 2004 through our mutual membership in the Cape Cod Chapter of MOAA.
Jack was an outstanding officer and more importantly a very good friend. All who knew him will miss him. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss. We all have lost a very good man.
Charles Aftosmiss, USAF, Colonel-Retired.