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John E. “Jack” Jones Jr., 69, husband of the late Donna Urbanski of Gloucester, passed away on Monday evening at home. Born in Gloucester on January 13, 1948, son of the late John and Caroline Jones.
Grampy was a proud American and loved his country. He served four tours in Vietnam as a part of the First Air Cavalry, 194th Armored Brigade, between 1966 and 1972; he flew medivac choppers and was responsible for saving many lives. He was awarded the Air Medal for Meritorious Achievment for his heroic acts. He was the number one Red Sox fan, he never missed a game and knew every player and their records.

Grampy loved the ocean and was a lifelong fisherman along the East Coast. He captained the FV Esperanza and the FV Naomi Bruce III, which was passed down to him by his dear friend Peter Shores. In 2002 he was awarded the Certificate of Merit from the U.S. Coast Guard for his heroic efforts after saving a family of five off the coast of Chincoteague, Va. This family became some of his closest friends, and he spent many holidays, weddings and visits with them in the years to come.
He was active with the Cape Ann Veteran Services and was instrumental in bringing the Vietnam Healing Wall to Gloucester in 1997 and the Vietnam Moving Wall in 2015. Above all, Grampy was a fiercely devoted family man, who dearly loved and looked out for all his family. He shared an exceptional bond with his granddaughter Sarah Jayne, known to him as Princess Morning Star. He spent endless hours playing cars, trains and cowboys & Indians with his grandson Steven when he was small, and he never hesitated to help his grandchildren Abby and Anthony with their homework, always with endless patience.
Grampy is survived by his daughter, Sandra Urbanski Loiacano and husband Ralph; his beloved grandchildren Steven Urbanski, Sarah Jayne Urbanski, Abigail and Anthony Loiacano, and great-grandchildren, Madison Urbanski and Lucas Urbanski. He has also left behind many wonderful friends near and far who will miss his great smile and warm presence.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 24th at 9 a.m. in the Veterans Lot at Beechbrook Cemetery, West Gloucester. Family and friends are all welcome to attend. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Masonic Lodge, 29 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester, immediately following the service.
Contributions in Grampy’s name may made to the Cape Ann Office for Veterans Affairs, Lucia Amero, 12 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester MA 01930.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
For complete obituary and online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 17, 2017
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