John E. "Jack"'s Story
John E. (Jack ) Jones, Jr., 69, of Gloucester, passed away after a two-year courageous battle with lung cancer.
He was born January 13, 1948, to the late John E. Jones, Sr. and Caroline (Jones) Brennan.
He served four tours in Vietnam as part of the first air Calvary 194th armored brigade, between 1966 through 1972. He flew medivac choppers and saved many lives. He was awarded the air medal for meritorious achievement. From a very young age, Jack fished the ocean, beginning as a child, fishing with his grandfather and father, to adulthood, where he fished on various boats from North Carolina to New Hampshire. He loved the ocean so very much that it was hard for him to be on land for too long. He was an active part of bringing the Vietnam wall to Gloucester in 2015. Jack was a kind and gentle man who helped everyone without being asked. He had a great sense of humor. He loved kids. He always played with and interacted and was there for all kids he knew over the years. He had a lot of friends and will be missed. He is in pain no more and he is at peace.
He is survived by his step-father, Robert Brennan of Gloucester; seven brothers, Robert, William and his wife, Polly, and Dennis Jones of Gloucester, Timothy Jones and his wife, Rosemary of Salem, Edward and his wife, Dolly and Jay Jones of Beverly, George Jones of Lynn; four sisters, Margie Tarr wife of John Tarr, Sr. and Christine Jones of Gloucester, Susan Ehler of Florida and Elinor Pratt of Worcester; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, David Jones; a nephew, Joseph Jones; a brother-in-law, James Ehler; as well as his longtime companion, Donna Urbanski. He is also survived by Donna’s daughter, Sandra (Urbanski) Loiacano and her husband, Ralph; her children, Stephen, Sarah, Abbie, and Anthony; and her grandchildren, who were his second family, and to whom he was very close.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 24 at 9 a.m. in the Veteran's Lot in Beechbrook Cemetery, West Gloucester. All are welcome. Contributions may be made in Jack's memory to Cape Ann Office of Veteran's Affairs, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester.
Published on  June 22, 2017