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John M. "Jay" Allen, Jr. PITTSFIELD Mr. John M. "Jay" Allen, Jr. age 60, of Doha, Qatar, formerly of East New Lenox Rd. in Pittsfield, died on July 5th in Qatar. He was born in New Haven, Conn., the son of Mrs. Rita G. McCarthy Allen of Devonshire Estates Lenox, and the late Dr. John M. Allen. He was educated in the Pittsfield schools and was a 1969 graduate of St. Joseph's High School. Continuing his education, he was awarded his Baccalaureate Degree in English from St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vt., in 1973. He later earned his Master's degree and certificate in teaching English as a Second Language from St. Michael's. Jay's teaching career has taken him to Iran, Australia, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Qatar. Most recently, he had been teaching at the American Education Center in Doha, Qatar for the past 9 years. Amongst his many interests Jay enjoyed being the outstanding boy's skater of Pittsfield at the age of 12, playing Varsity soccer at St. Joe's, on the All Vermont Soccer team in college, skiing, scuba diving, eating at Teo's, reading and travelling the world. Jay is survived by his son, Jason M. Allen of Hoboken, N.J., his mother, Rita G. McCarthy Allen of Lenox, and his two brothers, William F. Allen and Cheryl of Pittsfield, and David E. Allen and Kathy of Bedford, N.H., his two sisters, Meg Allen of Dedham, Mass., and Joan M. Rowe and Bill of North Stonington, Conn. He was also the proud uncle of Kaitlin N. and Rachel E. Allen of Bedford, N.H. Jay was also predeceased by his niece Stephanie Marie Allen. FUNERAL NOTICE: Allen, John M. "Jay" Allen, age 60, formerly of Pittsfield, died July 5th. Friends are invited to attend A Liturgy of Christian Burial Mass which will be celebrated Monday morning, July 16th at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. James K. Joyce, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, where Jay will be laid to rest next to his Dad. There are no calling hours. If friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's High School through the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home. As the Irish say, Safe Home Jay. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 14, 2012
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