"Jack" Joseph died peacefully at his home in West Dennis, MA on February 6, 2021. Jack suffered a recent cardiac aneurysm and fought to go home to his family and meet his newest grandchild. He spent his final days in his favorite place surrounded by his children, his grandchildren, and many family pets.
Jack was born in Cambridge, MA, and raised in Belmont, MA. He graduated from Belmont High School and Boston University. He was a lifelong fan of the BU Terriers hockey team, longtime season ticket holder, and former President of Friends of BU Hockey. After college, Jack joined his best friend, Richard Saletta of Chatham, MA, in the United States Air Force Reserves. Jack experienced professional success as an insurance agent and founder of Stella Insurance Agency of Belmont, MA, which later combined with Benevento Insurance Agency, Inc. of Swampscott, MA.
Jack loved summertime on Cape Cod when his kids, his grandkids, and their pets packed his house. He cherished spending time with family at South Village Beach and walking along the shore to the Lighthouse Inn. Jack was an avid golfer and played many rounds of golf with good friends and family at The Dennis Pines & Highlands Golf Courses. His family claims that Jack was the best amateur short game player in the Northeast. When he could no longer play as much golf, you could find Jack in his comfortable recliner watching sports, reality court shows, and nature documentaries. Jack was an incredible negotiator and always found the best bargain.
Most importantly, family meant everything to Jack. He was the son of the late John Joseph and Marguerite (Rizzo) Stella. Jack was a devoted brother to four siblings: the late Evelyn Stella of Belmont, MA; Elaine "Terry" Slye and her husband, Richard, of McLean, VA; Joanne Carruthers of Lexington, MA; and the late Robert Stella and his wife, Diane, of Yarmouth, MA. Jack was a proud father of four children: Meredith Allain and her husband, Steven, of Newtown, PA; Carolyn Stella of Belmont, MA; John Joseph Stella III and his wife, Barbara, of Georgetown, MA; and Robert Stella and his wife, Kelly, of Weymouth, MA. He was a loving, smiling "Grandpa" to seven grandchildren: Taylor McDonough, Brooke McDonough, Emile Joseph "EJ" Allain, Stella Allain, John Joseph Stella IV, Oliver Stella, and Avery Stella. Jack's family carries on his passion for Cape Cod, BU Hockey, golf, and family time.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to: Friends of BU Hockey via check made out to "Boston University" and mailed to Boston University, Gift Processing, c/o JPMorgan Chase & Co., P.O. Box 22605, New York, NY 10087-2605, Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod Hospice at https://support.givetocapecodhealth.org/donate View the online memorial for John Stella, Jr.