John C. "Jack" Kelleher
1936 - 2018
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John C. Kelleher (aka Jack) following a gallant battle with pulmonary disease, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018. Cherished father of John J. Kelleher of San Diego and his wife, Caroline. Loving grand- father of John C. Kelleher Jr. and Liam Patrick Kelleher. Brother of Suzanne Lord and her husband Peter, and Christine Kelleher. Predeceased by his wife Dianna. Jack was born in Hingham, the eldest of 3 children to John J. and Hilda Kelleher. He lived in Massachusetts most of his life with brief stints in New Hampshire, New Jersey, Illinois, California and Virginia. He graduated fromHingham H.S. (1954), Boston College (1958) and received a Master of Business Administration from Boston College (1965). Jack and Dianna were married in October 1964. He proudly served in the Navy for ten years as a Naval Officer. During the Viet Nam War, he was an Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Whitfield County and an Officer on the U.S.S. Oriskany. He was most proud of his role as the 51st Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides) from 1963-1965. During his Navy tenure, he earned two bronze stars. After retiring from the Navy, Jack was a Sales Director for numerous technology companies, including Nashua Corporation, Panasonic, Canon, and Ricoh. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman who adored being at sea. After a successful 42-year career, Jack retired to Brewster, Mass. He enjoyed spending summers on Cape Cod and winters in San Diego with his grandchildren, son, and daughter-in-law. Jacks family will remember him as a devoted grandfather and devout Catholic. Some of his proudest moments were watching his grandchildren altar serve during Sunday Masses. He also loved watching them play baseball and volleyball. He loved God, his country, his family, and all New England sports teams (particularly Boston College). Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial service at St. Agnes Church, 1140 Evergreen St., San Diego, CA 92106 on Friday, September 7 at 10 a.m.. Interment with full military honors will take place at Ft. Rosecrans, Cabrillo Memorial Dr., San Diego, CA 92106 on Friday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. If one wishes, contributions may be made in his name to Catholic Charities, American Cancer Society or to the Jimmy Fund.

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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Aug. 27, 2018.
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August 30, 2018
My sincere condolences to the Kelleher family. Very sorry to hear of Jack (Jackie)'s passing. Many nice memories of Jackie and Otis Hill. He was a close friend of my brother Richard and I knew him well.
Swell Guy and will be missed by all. R.I. P.
Paul Goggin
Kissimmee, Florida
August 27, 2018
Mr. Kelleher,
Zeke, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the USN-especially during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas
Mike Casey(former Ma resident)
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