John H. “Jack” Walsh

July 23, 2008

John H. “Jack” Walsh
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Vietnam War Veteran

JOHN H. “JACK” WALSH – age 59, in Woburn, suddenly, July 23rd. Beloved husband of Paula A. (LaCarbonara) Walsh. Devoted father of John P. Walsh of Woburn. Dear brother of James Walsh of Townsend and Paul Walsh of NH. Son-in-law of Pauline LaCarbonara of Stoneham. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, July 26th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Friday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Jack’s memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Late conductor, Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail.


John H. “Jack” Walsh of Woburn, a conductor with the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail, passed away suddenly Wednesday morning, July 23rd, when he was stricken at his home. The beloved husband of Paula A. (LaCarbonara) Walsh, he was fifty-nine years of age.

Jack was born in Winchester, son of the late John H. and Ruth E. (Vigneau) Walsh. He grew up in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School with the Class of 1968. He graduated from Vaughn Barber School and worked as a barber in his early years.

A proud veteran of the US Navy, he served during the Vietnam era in the Mediterranean Sea as an aircraft mechanic aboard the World War II-era Franklin D. Roosevelt.

He began his career with the railroad working as a towerman and later worked in onboard services for Amtrak. He eventually became a conductor with the commuter rail and looked forward every day to chatting with passengers and spending time with his co-workers.

Jack was devoted to his family. They had made their home in Woburn since 1977, and he loved puttering around the house and had a reputation for being able to fix anything. He was also an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed taking his son golfing in earlier years. He was a longtime member of the Woburn Lodge of Elks and held membership in the VFW and the Towanda Club.

Along with Paula, his beloved wife of thirty-eight years, he is survived by his son, John P. Walsh of Woburn, and two brothers, James Walsh of Townsend and Paul Walsh of New Hampshire.

He was also the dear son-in-law of Pauline LaCarbonara of Stoneham, and leaves many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, July 26th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Jack’s memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.


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  1. Jack made our train rides home enjoyable and helped us to pass the time. He had a wonderful sense of humor. The ride home hasn’t been the same since his passing. My sympathy to the family and friends of Jack. He will be missed.

    Carrie G. (4:10 passenger)

  2. Paula

    I am so very sorry to hear the devastating news of the recent passing of Jack. I was a passenger who rode with Jack many mornings on the Lowell line. He had the best personality and would make everyone smile. I am shocked and saddened. Jack’s loss will be felt by many


  3. Paula and John: Thank you for sharing Jack on my ride to and from work and helping me w/my crytoquote. He’s the best…

  4. To the family of “Lo-Jack” –

    Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful man. He always had a joke to tell to make us laugh! Never was there a day that went by that he wasn’t full of fun or had that devilish look in his blue eyes. All of his train friends will miss him terribly. Now he’s telling everyone in heaven his jokes and funny stories.

    Rest in Peace, Jack!

  5. I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. I was in a state of shock when I heard it! I still can’t believe it. I have know Jack as long as I have been riding the train for 18 years. He was such the sweetest guy!! He always made your train ride to and from work fun. I will miss him terribly!
    Lisa from Dracut

  6. I am sorry for the loss of your husband and father. I am a commuter on the 4:10 train and have known Jack for only 1 year but I will miss him tremendously. He made the commute fun. He was loved by everyone and you should know what a hole this leaves in everyone’s heart.

  7. Simply put Jack was the best. The times he was conductor on the 6:13am from Gloucester were wonderful. With his sunny sense of humor he always got the day off to a great start for so many weary commuters. All the best to the Walsh family with condolences for a loss to so many of us whose lives Jack touched.

    David de la Barre
    Gloucester, MA

  8. I was shocked & am sorrowed at the news of Jack’s passing last week. He was the BIGGEST RAY OF SUNSHINE I have ever met & I & everyone looked forward to days end & the train ride because of him! He touched so many people with his incredible sense of humor, great smile & “Bright Blue Eyes” He will be missed by us all on the 4:10 Lowell, he already is!!!!!

    My heartfelt condolences to ALL of your family. He spoke often & proudly of both his wife & son who outdoubtedly will feel a large void without him. Know that he loved you both deeply & will be watching over you from above. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him!

    Karen V. N. Billerica

  9. To the Walsh Family,

    I was so saddened to hear of Jack’s passing. He was an exceptional man who always had a quick smile and joke for those who rode with him on his routes. I was lucky enough to be one of his passengers on the 4:10 PM train to Lowell. I will miss our chatting and joking while waiting for the train to depart.

    Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Penny Sokolowski

  10. Jack was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor and a great personality. He was always a pleasure to work with on the trains. I used to look forward to the jokes and funny stories he’d tell me when we’d run into each other at work. I’ll never forget the “Double Clear”. We’ll all miss you, Jack.

    -Daniel J. Shea III

  11. I worked with Jackie back when he was on the BIG A. He was a pleasure to work with and will be sorely missed. My prayers and sympathy to you.


    Dave Mellen
    Amtrak Conductor

  12. To Paula and John,
    Jack was a dear friend to all of us that knew him on the 5:10 Lowell years ago. We would see him often after that and whenever we took the 4:10. He was a special person and a joy to see every single day. He was a devoted husband and a proud dad. He had a wit about him that made us all smile and he was such a unique person. I will sorely miss him.

  13. Jack & Louise Hammill

    Jack and I were hired together at Amtrak in May,1975, and became friends right away.
    In January,1977 Jack did a huge favor for me that I have always appreciated, and whenever I would remind him of it he would say “Forget It, You Would Have Done The Same For Me”. Jack was truly a nice guy and a pleasure to be with.
    As we got older our conversations were mostly about our families and Jack was as proud of his son John as I was about my children, now all grown adults. I AM GLAD I KNEW HIM. My wife Louise
    had met him several times, and also knew him to be great guy.
    He will be missed by all.

  14. Jack always had a friendly smile for the passengers on the 4:10 to Lowell. He loved to tell us jokes and give people a hard (fun) time.
    He will be greatly missed

    Joyce from Dracut.

  15. lori,I will truely miss jack,he made my trips to salem a pleasent trip with his funny sense of humor. Lots of love to the family.

  16. Jack was an exceptional man. He actually made the train ride home enjoyable, which is not an easy feat; I have yet to see any other conductor accomplish this. Jack had an amazing personality: kind,great sense of humor, and could tell stories like no other. It was a true pleasure to know him. Jack will be deeply missed.

  17. I only knew Jack as a passenger on the MBCR over the last 5 years, but really enjoyed his genuine personallity and jokes he would tell form time to time. My heartfelt condolences to his son and wife who must feel a huge void in their lives right now. Cherish the time yo spent with him and know that he is now in a better place and watching over you. Someday you will see him again.

    Scott Harrison

  18. The 4:10 Lowell train will never be the same. Jack brightened all our lives. He made getting to and from work, less like work. With his wonderful sense of humor and playfulness, we laughed all the way home. I can only imagine how much his family will miss him. I hope you’ll find comfort knowing how many lives Jack touched and made a little better with his smile. – Marcia

  19. Jack’s nickname on the railroad was “lowjack” because of his short height,he took it in stride and always laughed about it….he was a great guy to work with and to know…i will never forget the day we had lunch and played cards at my uncle jay’s house…a great time indeed….thanks for being you jack!!! we miss you so much already!!! Billy Marsden Jr

  20. I am so sorry to hear about Jack passing away, he made the train ride so enjoyable. He will be missed and the train ride will not be the same with out him. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. He was a great person


  21. I am saddened to hear of Jack’s sudden passing. We were instantly friends from the train 10 years ago but also had a Burlington connection as I grew up with some of his relatives. We always exchanged stories and especially kid stories. John, your father adored you and was so proud of you. He will be missed by me because I always looked forward to seeing him on the train or in the station. My deepest sympthay to his wife and son.

  22. I am so very sorry for your loss. Jack was a wonderful person. I, and many other riders of the Lowell 4:10, will miss him greatly. Pat

  23. Paula and John, We are so very sorry to hear about Jack. Paula, it was always a pleasure to sit with you and Jack and watch the boys competing in track and football. Jack would get so excited! John, your Dad was always so proud of you. We all will miss him.
    Ryall and Karen Meyer

  24. So sorry to hear of Jack passing away. He was the nicest person I have ever met. All the time I rode with him on the train, years as a passenger, he was always in a great mood, had a good story that always made us laugh and made everyone on the train feel as his friend. He will be sorely missed. He was a person that loved his job working with people and it showed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. He was a terrific person, I will miss him and I know many other people on the train will also, you can’t replace a person like him.

    Bill Kiloski

  25. Jack will be missed and this place will never be the same without his smile sense of humor.. J.Kelsey

  26. Paula & John, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.He was a wonderful person,He made our commute a pleasant one everyday.Thank you both for sharing him with us.

  27. Paula and John. Im so sorry to hear of the passing of Jack. He was one of the finest people i have ever known. Never did he miss a soccer game when John was playing for the T-Men. He will be greatly missed by all. Jerry Warren and sons.

  28. So sad to hear of Jack’s untimely passing! i don’t know what else to say other than he was a terrific guy, his son a terrific guy, and I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and John.

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