CURRY John "Jack" Albert, 78. Born in Waltham and raised in Newton (Thompsonville), son of Jean Harvey Curry and John Albert Curry. He was the oldest of three children; brother to Marcia Coffin and William Curry. Losing his father at a young age, Jack was mentored by his Uncle Leo Curry and developed life-long relationships with his extended family. On New Years Eve 1985, Jack met the love of his life, Judy, who he married a year later and spent the rest of his life with. Jack was a very loving father and grandfather. He is survived by his five children: John "Jack" Curry (Dawn), Sherry Bates (Steve), William Curry (Heather), Sean Christopher Curry (Heather), and Elisabeth Zavattero (Pete); he was predeceased by his son, Richard Curry. Jack is also survived by six grandchildren: Ricky Jr., Katelyn, Makena, Maggie, Grady, and Leo, and great-granddaughter, Alexis. Jack graduated Newton North High School and went on to become the youngest Esso dealer in the United States at the age of 19, which he operated in Jamaica Plain. He had a notable work ethic and honed skills in a variety of trades; he owned a trucking company, worked construction, and eventually served the City of Boston in the Inspectional Services Dept. for 26 1/2 years. Jack was a big-hearted humanitarian who helped many people from all walks of life. He honored Vietnam War Veterans by co-organizing the "Wake Up America Rally" on the Boston Common in the Spring of 1970, which was attended by 65,000 people and hosted by Bob Hope. Jack was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed. A celebration of his life will be held this summer. In lieu of flowers, a simple act of kindness with Jack in mind would honor him. For online condolences, please visit www.doanebealames.com.
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Published in Boston Herald on May 22, 2016