Hon. John F. Gilgun Jr.

November 5, 2015

Hon. John F. Gilgun Jr.
U.S. Veteran

US Air Force

World War II Veteran

HON. JOHN F. GILGUN JR. – of Woburn, Thursday November, 5th. Beloved husband of Rosemarie S. (Sorrenti) Gilgun. Devoted father of Rosemarie (Gilgun) Sage of Falmouth. Dear brother of Margaret Collamore of Peabody, Hon. Frederick V. Gilgun and his wife Dorothy, and David I. Gilgun, all of Woburn, and the late Mary Cullinane, Rose Gilgun, Fr Bernard E. Gilgun, Richard E. Gilgun, and Laurence P. Gilgun. Also cherished “Grampy” of John C. Sage. A Funeral will be held on from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, November 13th at 10:15 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11. Interment in Calvary Cemetery,Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to Calling hours, Thursday from 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in John’s memory to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

John F. Gilgun Jr. (Jack), passed away peacefully on November 5th, with his loving family by his side, he was ninety-two years of age. Jack was a loyal son of Woburn, he loved everything about his City, and spent his entire life serving it and making it a better place.

As Mayor of Woburn, Jack’s love of his city showed forth in so many ways that improved the city for generations to come. For the elderly he started the Senior Citizens Organization in 1961 providing social gatherings and housing for the elderly. Woburn was the second city in the commonwealth to provide senior housing. For the youth he was an original incorporator of the Boys and Girls club, increasing the number of supervised playgrounds and started Winter Wonderland for the children during the winter months. Woburn’s quality public school system was dramatically expanded when he built several new schools for Woburn’s growing population.

Jack was elected president of the Mayors of America in May 1961, and presented a “Declaration of Unity” to President Kennedy at the White House signed by mayors across the U.S.A.

Jack’s proudest accomplishment was being able, against all odds, to obtain from the legislature all the land on the Woburn Parkway, side of Horn Pond protecting it from future development. In December of 1961 Jack was able to secure that acreage and deed it to the City of Woburn and thereby saving it for the future citizens of Woburn to enjoy.

Jack Gilgun was a Man of faith, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and a loving friend to countless individuals. Jack enriched many lives with his compassion and generosity and will be missed by many.

During WWII Jack was a member of the Army Air Corps. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, DAV of Woburn, Woburn Elks, and Woburn KofC.

In addition to his parents, John was sadly predeceased by his siblings Mary Cullinane, Rose Gilgun, Helen Gilgun, Fr Bernard E. Gilgun, Richard E. Gilgun, and Laurence P. Gilgun.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Rosemarie; his daughter, Rosemarie (Gilgun) Sage of Falmouth; his siblings, Margaret Collamore of Peabody, Honorable Frederick V. Gilgun and his wife Dorothy, and David I. Gilgun, all of Woburn; and his grandchild, John C. Sage.

A Funeral will be held on from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, November 13th at 10:15 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11. Interment in Calvary Cemetery,Wobrun. Relatives and friends are invited to Calling hours, Thursday from 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in John’s memory to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Gilgun family,

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

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

  2. Uncle Jack had many nephews and nieces and we all had great respect for him, and enjoyed spending time with him at many family gatherings. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to Aunt Rose and Roro. From Barry and family.

  3. Rest in Peace Uncle Jack. I will always treasure my memories with you, Aunt Ro and Roro. I’m sure you were lovingly welcomed with open arms from Nana, Grampy, Rose, Aunt Mary, Uncle Tom, Father B, Uncle Dick and Ann & Lolly.

    Love,
    Kathy

  4. To Rosemarie Gilgun and family. . My sincere sympathy to you and your family. It was always a pleasure to be in the company of both you and Jack. He was a wonderful man and he will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace. Love from Lucy Catino and family.

  5. My sincere condolences Aunt Ro & Roro. He was a great Uncle and Godfather. I always looked forward to playing with him, “The Captain”, in the annual DARE golf tournament, along with cousins Freddie and David C. Memories I will always cherish.

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