NASHUA - John V. "Jack" Dwyer Jr. of Nashua, 66, died at Community Hospice House in Merrimack on April 8, 2013, surrounded by his family and closest friends.
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He was born in Boston, and raised in South Boston and Brighton, Mass. He was the son of the late John V. Dwyer Sr. and Mary A. (Hedstrom) Dwyer.
He was married to Maureen (Cummiskey) Dwyer, with whom he would have celebrated his 42nd anniversary on May 3. Jack graduated with honors from Boston College in 1968 and Duke Law School in 1974. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971.
Jack was first and foremost a devoted family man. He was a constant presence at his children's soccer, basketball and baseball games and spent untold hours at swim team practices and meets. After his family, his greatest love was Boston College sports. He held season tickets to B.C. football, basketball and hockey games.
He was also dedicated to helping the community. He coached the Nashua North Youth Baseball League Dodgers and, following his coaching career, spent several years as president of the league. He also served as president of the Nashua Youth Council Board of Directors. Jack took great pride in having served for 20 years on the board of trustees of what became Southern New Hampshire Health System. Four of those years were spent as chairman of the board, during which time he was named Hospital Trustee of the Year by the New Hampshire Hospital Association.
Jack spent his entire professional career practicing law in Nashua. After graduating from law school, he joined Hamblett & Kerrigan in 1974. He was a founding member of Deasy & Dwyer, which merged into the McLane Law Firm. In 2002, he joined Winer & Bennett in an "of counsel" capacity. He is a past president of the Nashua Bar Association, from which he received the Edward A. Jordan Sr. Humanitarian Award in 2004. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and was named a "super lawyer" in the field of environmental litigation. In 2002, he was appointed by Gov. Jeanne Shaheen to the first New Hampshire Judicial Selection Commission.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Cathleen M. Dwyer of Brookline, Mass., and son, Brian J. Dwyer and his wife, Liz Ryan, of Columbus, Ohio; his sisters, Carolyn M. and Mary V. Dwyer, both of Yarmouthport, Mass., and brother, Michael E. Dwyer and his wife, Diana, of Beverly, Mass.; his sister-in-law, Kathleen Fothergill and her husband, William, of Midland, Mich.; his brother-in-law, Kevin Cummiskey of Princeton, Mass.; several cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Paul Dwyer and the Rev. Robert J. Dwyer
services: Visiting hours will be held at the Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua, on Thursday, April 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. John Neumann Parish, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack. Friends and family are invited to attend. Interment prayers and burial will follow in Edgewood Cemetery, Nashua. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a memorial donation in Jack's memory to Community Hospice House Development Office, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, 03054.
The Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com.
Published in Union Leader on Apr. 10, 2013