EASTHAMPTON - John W. Ramsey Jr., 81, loving husband of Helen C. (Michonski) Ramsey, passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home.
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Jack was born in Montague City Jan. 28, 1932, the son of the John and Della (Meyers) Ramsey. A Korean War veteran, Jack joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951 and proudly served with the First Marine Division, 3rd Battalion, 7th Regiment.
He returned to Easthampton where he was employed as a police officer for over 30 years, retiring as a staff sergeant in 1987. He continued to work as a special police officer until 2007.
He was a lifelong communicant of the former Immaculate Conception Church, now a parishioner of the Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton. Jack was a life member of the Dalton-LaVallee American Legion Post 224 in Easthampton, the Korean War Veterans Association of Western Massachusetts, the Marine Corps League in Westfield, and the First Marine Division Association of America.
For many years, Jack was the master of ceremonies of both the Memorial Day and Veterans Day services in Easthampton, and had been instrumental in the formation and dedication of both the Korean War and Vietnam War memorials in Easthampton. He was a longtime member of the Massachusetts Police Association and had been instrumental in the establishment of the police union for the town of Easthampton.
Jack, as W1ZWZ, was an avid ham radio enthusiast, who had helped many people obtain their licenses by running training classes out his home in Easthampton.
Jack was a proud member of the NRA. He was also a member of the Easthampton Bi-Centennial Celebration Committee.
Besides his beloved wife of 59 years, Jack is survived by his loving children David J. Ramsey of Maine, Diane E. Ramsey of Acton, Suzanne R. Hatch and her husband, Robert, of Boxborough, and Mark J. Ramsey and his wife, Trista, of Duluth, Ga.; his daughter-in-law Rita Ramsey of Westfield; his eight adored grandchildren; his sister, Bets Meier of Florida; and his many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, 9 a.m., from the O'Brien Funeral Home, 17 Clark St., Easthampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton,
Burial with military honors will be held in the Main Street Cemetery in Easthampton. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorial gifts can be made to the Marine Corps League of Westfield, 71 North Elm St., Westfield, 01085.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 18, 2013