DIRR, John H. "Jack" (73) of Watertown formerly of Waltham passed away on March 9, 2013. Beloved husband of Patricia L Dirr (Hughes). Loving father of Ann L Dirr and Bonnie J Dirr. Born on May 7 1939 in Highland Park, Wayne County Michigan. Veteran of the United States Army. Graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in agricultural studies. Son of the late John F. Dirr and Alice M. Dirr (Martin). Brother of the late Jean Ritgliano. Following his years of education, Jack proudly served in the United States Army. Upon his return in the late 60's he began his career at the Waltham Agriculture Experiment Field Station in Waltham, MA, where he remained at until retirement. Shortly into his career he met Patricia (Pat), married in 1970, followed by the birth of his two daughters. Jack was very proud of his loving family and always passionate about his work in agriculture. He was truly a pioneer in his field of agriculture during the developing years of cross-pollination of fruits and vegetables. His research focused on the development of varieties of squash, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, and beans. He was truly the heart and soul of the Waltham Butternut Squash development project under the direction of Professor Robert E. Young. In addition to his love for his family and agriculture, Jack was a passionate Boston sports fan. In recent years he found great pleasure and joy in watching his Boston sports teams go on to win respective championships. Public waking hours will be held at Brown and Hickey Funeral Home 36 Trapelo Road BELMONT on March 17th from 2:30 pm-5:00 pm. Followed by a memorial service to begin at 5pm, all are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers. The family has requested donations may be made to The Memory Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Care of: John Herbert Growdon, MD. WACC 715 Fruit St. Boston, MA 02114. On line guest book at

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Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 15, 2013