John "Jack" C. Whitney, of Scituate, passed away on September 29, 2013, his 90th birthday. Born in Rockland on September 29, 1923, he was the son of the late John N. Whitney and Priscilla (Studley) Whitney. Husband of the late Jeanne (Hawes) Whitney, RN. Survived by three children, Sharon Lee Eno of Plymouth, and husband, Steven, Diane Walsh of Scituate, and John C. Whitney Jr. of Monroe, CT, and wife, Stephanie. John was also the father of the late Kimberly and Richard Whitney. Much loved grandfather of Michael J. Post and wife Kimberly of Plymouth, Shawna Lee Post of Plymouth, Adrienne Walsh, John C. Whitney III and Brandon Whitney. Cherished great-grandfather Papa of MacKenzie and Jack Post. Brother of Jane Fisher of St. Paul, MN. A graduate of Rockland High, Class of 1941, John was inducted into the Rockland Hall of Fame in 2009 for baseball, football, and basketball. He graduated from Bates College in Maine and received a Masters Degree in 1948 from Boston University. John served in the U.S. Army as an Army Ranger, from 1943 to 1945, 1st Lt., Infantry Commander, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division. He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and Presidential Citation for his service. In 2012, Jack was appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, the Frenchs highest military honor, for his tremendous sacrifice and courage during the Colmar Pocket Battle. Awarded by Frances past President, Mr. Nicholas Sarkozy. Additionally, a statue was put in the town of Jebstein, France, in honor of all of the men that fought to liberate France from Nazi occupation. John worked for 3M Company, in the Printing Division, salesman for all of New England and part of the Midwest, for 35 years until retirement. He loved golfing, and was a member of Scituate Country Club, and the Widows Walk in Scituate. A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 1 Summer St. (across from St. Anthony Church), Cohasset. Visiting hours were held on Friday, October 4, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, Cohasset. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Johns memory may be made to Covenant House, Times Square Station, PO Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0900. For an online guestbook, please visit www.mcnamara-sparrell.com
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Published by The Scituate Mariner from Oct. 2 to Oct. 9, 2013.