Nickerson Funeral Home

340 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA


John "Jack" B. Stetson

March 4, 1939February 28, 2020

John B. (Jack) Stetson, 80

Jack Stetson died peacefully at home on February 28th after a long illness.

He was born and raised in Newton and spent many happy summers in Wellfleet with his family. He graduated from Newton High in 1957.

He attended Duke University, where he formed lifelong friendships with his fraternity brothers in Theta Chi. After college, he moved to Atlanta as a result of a spontaneous road trip with his best friend, Dave Wilbert. In 1962 he met his wife, Judy Stetson (Warnecke). They married in June of ’64 and started a family; their daughters arrived in ’68 and ’7o.

In 1971 they moved to Wellfleet, where they have lived ever since. Jack was very proud of the family home that he and Judy built; they did the heavy lifting and drove the nails themselves. He worked for many years drilling water wells as the owner of Acme Well.

He enjoyed music, reading, sharing jokes, and talking politics. He loved telling a good story. His tales of the house construction, well drilling jobs and midnight rock climbing are part of the family folklore.

He was predeceased by his son-in-law Karl Barrio. He is survived by his wife Judy, his daughters Kathy Stetson and Kristen Stetson, son-in-law Dave Powers, and grandchildren Casey Powers, Jack Barrio and Samantha Barrio.

A private burial will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to VNA of Cape Cod Hospice Program or the Colitis and Crohn’s Foundation. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.nickersonfunerals.com.


  • A private burial will be held in the spring


John "Jack" B. Stetson

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Charles Coombs

March 15, 2020

I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to the Stetson Family. I got to know Jack And Judy when I purchased their Triumph sports car back in the late "80's", Jack was one of the most interesting people I have ever met......a true "original". I haven't seen Jack in many years, but always remembered the fascinating conversations we had. I still have a photograph of the Triumph, that Jack sent me. Again prayers to you all.
God Speed. Jack.
Charlie Coombs.

Kristen Stetson

March 8, 2020

September 1997

Cathy Croce

March 7, 2020

My sincerest condolences to you Judy and your family. May your healing be gentle.
Cathy Croce

Serena Carreiro

March 7, 2020

Dear Kathy, Kristen and family I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Liz Beyus

March 6, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Kristen and the whole family. May your memories be many and happy.

Dawn Rickman

March 6, 2020

So glad I got to visit Jack. Our kids shared a great deal of memories. In my thoughts and prayers.