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GARRITY--John "Jack", one of Massachusetts' and Boston University's most outstanding hockey players, passed away on August 31, 2015, following a long illness, at the age of 89 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Jack is a Member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame; Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame; Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame; and Massachusetts Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Jack was a hockey phenom at Medford High School. After serving in the Army Air Corps in WWII, he was one of just three non-college players to play for the 1948 US Olympic Hockey Team in St Moritz, Switzerland. Following the Olympics, he entered Boston University where he rewrote B.U. hockey and NCAA records. In his first varsity year, Jack broke the NCAA single season scoring record with 84 points (51 goals, 33 assists), leading B.U. to the NCAA finals. The next year, he co-captained BU and recorded 57 points on the way to another NCAA Final Four. He was selected to the '50 and '51 All American Hockey Teams. More than 60 years later, Jack still holds the single season goals and points records at B.U. and his 85 career goals (in only two years) ranks sixth on the all- time B.U. hockey list. In 1954, Jack began his teaching and coaching career, which would span over 40 years, from Archbishop Williams High School, Quincy High School to Milton Academy. Married 61 years, Jack's beloved wife Jean died in 2006. Jack is survived by his six children Jack Jr., Jill, Jeff, Jonathan, Christopher, Steven, their spouses and 11 grandchildren. The family will hold a celebration of Jack's life at the Milton Academy Chapel in Milton, MA on December 12, 2015. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of B.U. Hockey.

Published in The New York Times on Sept. 6, 2015
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