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John C Kelleher

October 17, 1936August 5, 2018

Kelleher, John C. (aka Jack) October 17, 1936 – August 5, 2018 from Hingham, MA and Brewster, MA. Following a gallant battle with pulmonary disease, Jack Kelleher passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018. Cherished father of John J. Kelleher of San Diego and his wife, Caroline. Loving grandfather of John C. Kelleher Jr. and Liam Patrick Kelleher. Brother of Suzanne Lord and her husband Peter, and Christine Kelleher. Predeceased by his wife Dianna. Jack was born in Hingham, the eldest of 3 children to John J. and Hilda Kelleher. He lived in Massachusetts most of his life with brief stints in New Hampshire, New Jersey, Illinois, California and Virginia. He graduated from Hingham H.S. (1954), Boston College (1958) and received a Master of Business Administration from Boston College (1965). Jack and Dianna were married in October 1964. He proudly served in the Navy for ten years as a Naval Officer. During the Viet Nam War, he was an Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Whitfield County and an Officer on the U.S.S. Oriskany. He was most proud of his role as the 51st Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides) from 1963-1965. During his Navy tenure, he earned two bronze stars. After retiring from the Navy, Jack was a Sales Director for numerous technology companies, including Nashua Corporation, Panasonic, Canon, and Ricoh. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman who adored being at sea. After a successful 42-year career, Jack retired to Brewster, MA. He enjoyed spending summers on Cape Cod and winters in San Diego with his grandchildren, son, and daughter-in-law. Jack’s family will remember him as a devoted grandfather and devout Catholic. Some of his proudest moments were watching his grandchildren altar serve during Sunday masses. He also loved watching them play baseball and volleyball. He loved God, his country, his family, and all New England sports teams (particularly Boston College). Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial service at St. Agnes Church, 1140 Evergreen St., San Diego, CA 92106 on Friday, September 7 at 10:00 AM. Interment with full military honors will take place at Ft. Rosecrans, Cabrillo Memorial Dr., San Diego, CA 92106 on Friday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 AM. If one wishes, contributions may be made in his name to Catholic Charities, American Cancer Society or to the Jimmy Fund.


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Rick Ludwig

August 24, 2018

As a neighbor to the San Diego Kellehers, I got to know Jack as friendly, funny and a kind man. I am sorry to hear of his passing, but know he lived and went with dignity. Now learning more about his naval and civilian career I am even more proud to have met him. He was a character. God bless him and his family.
Rick L, PL

John Cronin

August 17, 2018

Dear Jack Kelleher family
My older cousin Jack was one of my favorite. I remember what a great swimmer he was and his love of the out doors. One memory in particular was the day went duck hunting with Tommy Duffley .They went all the way out to Bunken Island near Hull. They stopped at the island to look to see if any ducks were flying by. They did not notice that there boat had started to drift away. Jack started to wade in to save the boat but he could not catch up with it. Soon he was swimming after it on a cold November day with night time closing in. He could not catch up to the boat ,so instead he started swimming to Hull which was a long swim especially in cold water with your cloths on. Some how he made it knocked on door for help. He was given a warm blanket and then called the coastguard to rescue Tommy. The event was on the front page of the Quincy ledger. Rest in Peace Jackie John Cronin

Anne Cronin

August 15, 2018

Dear Jack and Caroline,
Please accept our deepest condolences on your Dad's passing. Basil and Jack shared wonderful memories over dinner either at our new home in East Dennis or at one of Jack's favorite restaurants. I envied their closeness as cousins and, as important, good friends. Every word of his remembrance rings true. I can't help but wonder if Jack and Basil met up at the same time in Heaven for surely they are both there. I will pray for all of you as well as for Suzanne and Christine. What a blessing that young Jack and Liam got to know so well their loving grandfather.
Anne Cronin

Ellen White Khokha

August 15, 2018

My cousin Jack was a very special nephew to my Dad, himself a career Naval Officer who graduated and later taught at the Naval Academy and who was awarded the Navy Cross for his expert flying and leadership in the Pacific in WWII. When Jack, who was a good student graduated from college he was uncertain of what to do with his life and was unsure that going to Officer Candidate School was as distinguished as graduating from the Naval Academy. My Dad spent long evenings convincing Jack to give it a try and that not all pathways to success were the same. He was incredibly proud when Jack earned his commission as an officer and we followed his career in the Navy closely. Since all of my Dad's own kids more closely followed my mother into the liberal arts with careers in education, journalism, anthropology, and medicine, Jack was an exemplary surrogate son. The White cousins salute Jack and his much loved sisters Suzanne and Christine and our Kelleher cousins up the hill. ( from Nana's)


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