John P. ‘Jack’ Gibbons, Jr.

June 15, 2015

John P. ‘Jack’ Gibbons, Jr.
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

JOHN P. “JACK” GIBBONS, JR. – Ret. Inspector, WPD, of Woburn, Monday, June 15th. Beloved husband of the late Mary Ellen (Rafferty) Gibbons and Hilda C. (Quilitzsch) Gibbons. Devoted father of Ronald Gibbons and his late wife Kathy, Ellen Dellaia and her husband Paul, Mark Gibbons and his wife Janice, Joseph Gibbons and his wife Judy, Susan Flood and her husband Bruce, all of Woburn, and the late John P. Gibbons III and Julie Ann Gibbons, and father-in-law of Linda Gibbons of Clarksburg. Dear brother of the late Ronald Gibbons. Cherished grandfather of fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 19th at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:30. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Jack’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

OBITUARY:

John P. “Jack” Gibbons Jr. passed away Monday, June 15, 2015 surrounded by his adoring family. The loving husband of the late Mary Ellen (Rafferty) Gibbons and Hilda (Quilitzsch) Gibbons, he was eighty-seven years of age.

Born and raised in Woburn, Jack was the son of the late John P. Gibbons Sr. and Helen E. (Connolly) Gibbons; and the doting older brother of the late Ronald P. Gibbons. Jack was a proud graduate of Woburn High School’s class of 1946. Following high school, Jack proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army.

After completing his military service, Jack returned home and married his sweetheart Mary Ellen Rafferty. Together they built their home in east Woburn, on land that had been in the Gibbons family for four generations, dating as far back as 1850.

In 1950 at the age of 22, Jack joined the Woburn Police Department where he was dedicated to serving the community for 38 years. He began his career as a Patrolman walking a beat until his appointment to Detective in 1962. As a father of six, Jack took a special interest in helping the youth of Woburn. He was amongst the founding members of the Massachusetts Juvenile Police Officers Association where he served as president. In his final decade as a police officer, Jack served as Police Prosecutor which brought him closer to all members of the department.

Jack took pride in his work with the Woburn Police Relief Association, where he also served as president at one time. He accepted the responsibility of seeing to it that the graves of deceased police officers were decorated with department flags each year for Memorial Day.

Upon Jack’s retirement, his service folder was overflowing with commendations and letters of thanks from people in all walks of life. Included were commendations from past mayors, Chiefs Maguire and McElhiney, the selectman of Burlington, and the Mayor of Everett.

As much as Jack loved his job, his family came first. Jack and Mary were the proud parents of Ron, Ellen, Jack, Mark, Joe, Susie, and Julie. They loved to entertain and host extended family and friends for huge Fourth of July cookouts, and opened their home to participants in Woburn’s annual Memorial Day Parade for coffee and refreshments. Upon Mary’s urging, the family took up camping and traveled extensively throughout New England. The family eventually become seasonal campers at Wabanaki Campground, located on Ossipee Lake in Freedom NH.

Sadly, in March of 1971, Jack lost his beloved Mary after a lengthy battle with cancer. He drew strength from his undying faith and continued to raise their six children on his own.

Jack was blessed again in 1973 when he met Hilda Quilitzsch, the two were married in March of 1982. Together Jack and Hilda carried on all family traditions, most especially camping each summer with the entire Gibbons family. He spent fifty-one summers at the camp. Recently he opened his camp on Memorial Day weekend for the summer of 2015. Jack and Hilda celebrated close to 33 years of marriage and became the proud grandparents of 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. “Grampa Jack” as he was lovingly referred to by his grandchildren, happily supported them in all their endeavors. He attended countless sporting events, school programs, skating shows, and camp skits. He was extremely proud to have seen each of his 15 grandchildren graduate from high school.

In May of 1999 Jack lost his son, Officer John P. Gibbons III, due to injuries suffered in the line of duty. Once again, Jack relied on his faith which carried he and his family through the turmoil.

Jack’s life experiences equipped him with a unique ability to provide uplifting comfort and support to others in their hour of need. As friends and relatives faced life’s challenges, whether it be a sick parent, loss of a child, or life’s little disappointments, Jack was there to listen and provide support.

A lifelong caretaker, Jack was called upon, in recent years, and lovingly cared for his late wife Hilda upon her devastating diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all, Jack was a man of incredible integrity, love, respect, and faith.

Along with his parents, Jack is predeceased by his brother Ronald P. Gibbons, his daughter Julie Ann Gibbons, his son John P. Gibbons III, his daughter-in-law Kathleen Gibbons, and his beloved wives Mary and Hilda.

He is lovingly survived by his children, Ronald P. Gibbons, Ellen Dellaia and her husband Paul, Mark Gibbons and his wife Janice, Joseph Gibbons and his wife Judy, Susan Flood and her husband Bruce, and his daughter-in-law Linda Gibbons; his grandchildren, Christy, Julie, PJ, Meghan, Kim, Alan, Tina, Kelly, Jackie, Mary, Christopher, Sean, Katie, Michelle, and Joey; and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, June 19th at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10:30. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Jack’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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  1. Dear Gibbons Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Your Dad was a good man and he has a wonderful family to follow in his footsteps.

    Peace be with you.

    Irene and Joe Simas

  2. Ronnie,Ellen,Joey,Mark,Suzie,and the rest of your family, Diana myself and the boys send our deepest condolences to all of you. Uncle Jack was a great man and I have a lot of fond memories of being around him. He will be missed, Uncle jack my you forever rest in peace and keep a watchful eye on your loving family.

  3. We were very sad to hear of Jack’s travels to be with Hilda Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family. The will never be forgotte They were both such great people and together the were perfect. God be with you all

    Marcia Marsland and Family

  4. My sympathies to the family. Jack was truly a gentleman with a kind smile for everyone. Lynda Peitzsch

  5. I knew Jack for many years. He was a great guy and a real gentleman. I will be out of town and cannot attend his services but please accept my condolences.

    Joe Crowley

  6. To the Gibbons Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jack.
    Jack was the most kindest and caring man, he
    was always there to help in any way he could.
    Jack will be missed by all. My thoughts and
    prayers are with the Family.

    Sincerely,
    Leslie Gonsalves (Haney)

  7. Scott McAvoy and Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time.

    The McAvoys

  8. Gibbons family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

  9. Rest in Peace Uncle Jack, you will be sadly missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, God Bless.
    Love, Cousin Kay

  10. To all the Gibbons, Jack was such a wonderful and caring man. May he rest in peace and watch over his loving family. The Cudoni family

  11. Gibbons family;
    I am so saddened to hear the news of Jack’s passing he was a great man and very kind. I will miss him; my prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

    Robert H McDonough Jr
    Woburn MA

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