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WELLESLEY John Woodacre of Wellesley and Mattapoisett passed away on April 20, 2013. Born in New Bedford, a direct descendent of Mayflower Pilgrim William White and the Delanos of Fairhaven. Growing up in Newton and Nantucket, he studied classical piano at the Newton School of Music. He enlisted in the Marines serving in Guadalcanal. While in the Pacific, he survived a plane crash and was reported missing in action three times. Always Semper Fi. He attended Northeastern University on the GI Bill, majoring in physics. In 1966, he founded John E. Woodacre Oil. Post war, he had a brief marriage and had a son, John Morgan. Thereafter, he married Betsy Breed. They adopted and raised two children, in Wellesley and West Dennis enjoying boating through Cape Cod. After Betsy, a Dean College professor died, John married Attorney Lorri Seibert in 1994. Jack had Yankee ingenuity, keen intelligence, and was an avid bridge player, boater, and loyal Rotarian. He served on the Board of Directors of the Magus Club and the Wellesley Community Center. He is survived by his wife, five children, and nine grandchildren. Visitation in the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home 477 Washington St. Wellesley Friday, April 26th, 5-7PM. Internment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellesley, Saturday April 27th at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to The John and Betsy Woodacre Scholarship, Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin, MA 02030. For online guestbook visit gfdoherty.com.

Published in The Natick Bulletin & Tab from Apr. 23 to May 4, 2013
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