John F. “Jack” Marlowe

October 23, 2007

John F. “Jack” Marlowe
U.S. Veteran

US Coast Guard

JOHN F. “JACK” MARLOWE– in Ipswich, formerly of Woburn, Tuesday, October 23rd, unexpectedly, beloved husband of Nancy E.(Kelly) Marlowe. Devoted father of Gail A. Marlowe of Wilmington, Brian C. Marlowe and his wife Julie of Woburn and John F. Marlowe Jr. and his wife Linda of Tewksbury. Dear brother of William Marlowe of Boston, Anne Marie “Nancy” Martini and her husband John of Woburn and the late Marion Marlowe. Loving grandfather of five grandchildren, Brian Kelley and his wife Loralie of Dracut, Christopher and Jack Marlowe of Woburn, Lauren and Lyndsay Marlowe of Tewksbury and great grandchildren Dylan and Brendon Kelley. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Saturday, November 10th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sons of Italy, 168 Lexington Street, Woburn, MA. Donations may be made in Jack’s memory to the Woburn Lion’s Breakfast Club, P.O. Box 223, Woburn, MA 01801 or to the North Suburban Family YMCA, 137 Lexington Street, Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

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OBITUARY:

John T. Marlowe passed away unexpectedly Tuesday evening at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Center after being stricken at his home. The beloved husband of Nancy (Kelly) Marlowe was sixty-eight years of age.

Born in Lowell, he was the son of the late Edward and Anna (Holmes) Marlowe. A Woburnite all of his life, “Jack” as he was known by all, was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1956. During his tenure there he was an outstanding track star and in his senior year he captained the Track Team.

Following high school he went on to Northeastern University where he graduated with a degree in business. He was working at the Shawmut National Bank following college, and here he met Nancy Kelly, with whom he has shared the last forty five wonderful years. They married in 1962 and made their home in the North Woburn section of the city. Together, they raised their three children. He loved his family dearly and shared many busy hours with his children, sharing in all of their educational and sporting events. They enjoyed traveling together as a family and also as a couple. Destinations covered all over the US and abroad. Every trip was an adventure, whether it was a steamboat on the Mississippi, feeling on top of the world while mountain climbing in Alaska, swimming in the ocean alongside sting rays or jogging the streets of Woburn, to Jack it was all thrilling. Ipswich was a very special place where Jack and his family spent their summer months and most recently had made their home. There the morning sunrise was a particularly special time of the day for Jack.

He enjoyed working around his yard and took great pride in his fine horticultural skills. This he also shared with the homeowners association at Great Neck in Ipswich, having single handedly developed a lovely floral area near the entrance. He and his wife also shared a love of dancing and would enjoy every opportunity to be on the dance floor.

Jack’s business life was also as exciting. Following college he spent a number of years working for Shawmut National Bank in Boston. He became restless there and was seeking a professional change. His brother-in-law John Martini asked him to join with him in the insurance industry, which he did, and Mr. Martini’s mentoring provided Jack with a solid foundation. From there he established the popular Gulde Insurance Company in Burlington where he served as President, and continued to build the business over the years.

Mr. Marlowe was extremely active in Burlington and his home town of Woburn, volunteering to assist both communities in becoming better and safer places to live. Mr. Marlowe was one of the founding members of FACE (For A Cleaner Environment). He was deeply involved in the clean-up and development of the industri-plex site and the clean up at the G & H wells. Woburn Redevelopment Authority was headed by Mr. Marlowe also for a good number of years as he served as Chairman during the environmental disaster, which he saw through to its fruition and was still serving as Chairman. He had served as Past President of the Woburn Lions Breakfast Club, and was very active in all of their activities. Being a person who believed strongly in physical fitness, Mr. Marlow has been on the Board of Directors at the North Suburban YMCA here in Woburn and served as Chairman for several years. Being a business owner he was an active member in the Chamber of Commerce in Burlington and also in Woburn.

Mr. Marlowe was known throughout the community as a very hard working and dedicated gentleman, who was truly focused on the wellbeing of his fellow Woburnites. His tireless energies were invested in doing for others from here to Ipswich, always willing to help in any capacity.

Mr. Marlowe was predeceased by his parents, his stepfather Frank Chase, with whom he shared a special relationship, and his dear sister Marion Marlowe.

In addition to his wife of forty-five years, Nancy, he is lovingly survived by his children Gail A. Marlowe of Wilmington, Brian C. Marlowe and his wife Julie of Woburn and John F. Marlowe Jr. and his wife Linda of Tewksbury.

He was the dear brother of William Marlowe of Boston, and Anne Marie “Nancy” Martini and her husband John of Woburn, and the loving grandfather of five grandchildren, Brian Kelley and his wife Loralie, Christopher and Jack Marlowe, Lauren and Lyndsay Marlowe and great grandfather of Dylan and Brendon Kelley.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Saturday, November 10th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, 168 Lexington Street, Woburn.

Donations may be made in Jack’s memory to the Woburn Lion’s Breakfast Club, P.O. Box 223, Woburn, MA 01801 or to the North Suburban Family YMCA, 137 Lexington Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

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  1. We heard today and are very sad to know Jack has unexpectedly passed on. Please send our sincere condolences to his wife Nancy and family. Jack was a great man and a joy to be with. We remember him fondly as he made our trip to Italy together much more memorable with his charming fun loving ways. Please tell his wife Nancy we are so sorry for her loss and she is in our thoughts through this trying time.

    Sincerely,

    Tom and Deirdre

  2. We are stunned and saddened Jack’s unexpected passing. He was a wonderful man and excellent insurance agent. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

    Joseph and Dale Strachan

  3. We know that Jack is with us in spirit, at the triangle, on the patio right next to you Nanc, down the beach with his hat and tools in hand. Dave, Kyle and I are truly blessed to have had endless opportunities to strike up conversation with you Jack, we will miss you forever.
    Always in our hearts.
    The Cantrells

  4. Dear Nancy and Famiy,
    Words escape me. I relied on Jack to help me edit our Association Of Great Neck (AGN) Newsletter. He always had the correct phrasing or word.
    Jack was a spark-plug for the AGN. He saw something that needed to be done and did it, sight unseen and without complaint. His special compassion, the protection of Clark Pond and Beach, the fight against phragmites, and replacement of the Bowdoin Rd foot bridge will continue, but be much more difficult without Jack.
    Jack can rest in peace. His work is completed here and the torch is passed on.God bless him and God help us all in his absence.
    Al and Angela Howes
    Neighbor and member AGN Board of Dirctors

  5. Our deepest sympathies to the Marlowe family. Jack was a super guy. May fond memories sustain you all.

    Chuck & Barbara Severance and Family

  6. Bill Flug

    I will always be grateful to Jack for his constant and unequaled generosity, his grace and courage as a public figure in Woburn, and his sacrifices for the cause of Woburn and its children in the tragic days of the toxic waste crisis and the childhood leukemia epidemic. Very few people in my life even come close to equaling his stature as a man of integrity.

  7. Gail and Family
    i am so sorry to hear about your father.
    Gail i haven’t seen you in years i used to hang out with you and lori robinson{donna gunning]
    BUT MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME

  8. Wish I could be with you. I’m going to miss my “favorite Cousin” as he termed himself. I love you all and will be with you in spirit. My doctor’s won’t let me travel yet but know that I am with you all. Love, Tom & Ruth Madden

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