CONSIDINE John M. (Jack), 91, died on June 2nd, 2013 at Thompson Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, KY. He is survived by Benita, his beloved wife of 63 years and four children: Maureen Considine, Olympia WA; Bunny Lancaster, John III and Dan Considine of Lexington. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Gabriel and Rachel Honora Considine-Cortelyou; John Barret and Emily Lancaster; Conor (Jenny) and Patrick Foley; Tristan and Clare Considine; and McCaul and Courtney Considine. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Katharine Ann (Kathy) Foley. He dearly loved and appreciated his sons and daughters in law: John Lancaster, Bill Foley, Kellie Considine and Brenda Considine. He was born in Milton, Massachusetts to John and Mary Considine. In 1941 he entered the University of Notre Dame. In 1943, he was called by the Air Corp to their cadet flight-training program, graduating in 1944 from flight school in Texas. He spent a number of years flying through and in several continents and during his career flew 17 different types of planes. In 1947, Jack completed his military service and returned to Notre Dame where he obtained his business degree in 1949. In October 1949, Jack married Benita Anne Guthrie of South Bend, IN. In 1950 he co-founded the Conax Corporation in Buffalo, NY. After the company was sold in 1967, Jack became General Manager of Irvin Industries in Lexington. Missing the excitement of entrepreneurship, he started his own consulting firms, Dunhill of Lexington and Considine & Associates, specializing in Human Resources. Jack was a riveting public speaker, and in the Irish tradition, a great storyteller and mimic. During his career Jack was a sought after speaker for a wide range of groups including alumni, corporate, religious, military and civic organizations. One of his core personal values was "nobles oblige" - to whom much has been given, much is expected. He was an active member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. He was a decades long member of Rotary and served as President of the Lexington Rotary Club in 1984-1985. It was during his year as president that Rotary invited women to become full members and he counts it as his proudest time in Rotary. He served as President of the Better Business Bureau and was President of the Kentucky Association of Personnel Consultants. He was an involved parishioner of the Newman Center where he served as a lector, as President of the Newman Foundation and chaired many committees. He was an active Notre Dame alumnus, founding the Notre Dame Club of Central Kentucky. He was named the Notre Dame Man of the Year by the Alumni clubs in both Buffalo and Lexington. He was also honored by Notre Dame as one of their "Outstanding Alumni" in 1963. Jack often commented that Benita, his children, their spouses and his grandchildren were God's greatest blessing to him. Despite each of their declining health, Jack and Benita's devotion for each other never wavered. The Considine Family will be forever grateful to the staff and hospice team at Thompson Hood Veterans Center, who cared for Jack with deep respect, exquisite skill and compassion. A memorial service will be held at the Newman Center (Holy Spirit Parish) on Rose Lane on Tuesday, June 18th at noon. Visitation will take place at 10am before mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Thomson Hood Veterans Center, 100 Veteran Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390; Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2409 Members Way, Lexington, KY 40504; The Newman Center 320 Rose Lane, Lexington, KY 40508; St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1730 Summerhill Drive, Lexington, KY 40515. Kerr Brothers are handling the arrangements.
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on June 16, 2013