John E. ‘Jack’ Wackrow

March 23, 2016

John E. ‘Jack’ Wackrow
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean War Veteran

JOHN E.”Jack” WACKROW – in Woburn, March 23rd, beloved husband of Margaret (Burke) Wackrow and the late Mary (Murray) Wackrow. Devoted father of Sheryl Walsh, her husband James of AZ, James F. Wackrow, his wife Mary Rose of Medfield, Christopher Wackrow, his wife Karen, Daniel Wackrow, his wife Alison all of Woburn and the late John E. Wackrow Jr. Dear brother of Susan Enright of AZ, and the late Rosemarie Walsh and Wesley Wackrow. Precious grandfather of James, Timothy, Shaun, Taylor, Ryan, Austin, Alyssa, Nicole, Katelyn and Matthew. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday morning March 31th at 10:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours on Thursday morning from 8:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the Funeral. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in John’s memory to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, c/o Veterans Office, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or the GRECC Program, Bedford Veteran’s Hospital, 200 Springs Road, Bedford MA 01730.

OBITUARY:

John E. Wackrow passed away at the Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford after a lengthy illness. The beloved husband of Margaret (Burke) Wackrow, he was eighty five years of age.

Born in Somerville, John was one of four children born to the late John B. and Olive (Jenner) Wackrow. Raised and educated in Somerville, John was a graduate of Somerville High School with the Class of 1948. After high school John enlisted in the United States Navy where he served his country proudly during the Korean War.

In 1951, John married Mary Murray, whom he met at the Bal-A-Roue Roller Rink in Medford. In the 50’s this was a very a popular meeting place in for young people. They had two children John Jr and Sheryl before Mary passed at the young age of thirty-two.

In 1964 John married the love of his life Margaret Burke, to whom he was devoted to for over fifty-two years. They brought three more children into the world he was proud of each and every one. John worked as a truck mechanic throughout his life. A very hard worker he took great pride in providing for his family.

Ossipee , NH was the place to be in the summer. Fishing, swimming, camping and cookouts, the time John loved best was with his family! A family trip to Arizona to visit his sister was a time thoroughly enjoyed by all.

When the grandchildren began arriving and “Grampy” became the name, he couldn’t have been happier! He took great pride in being both a father and now grandfather! Every time an opportunity presented itself to see his grandchildren perform academically or in sporting events, “Grampy” was right there, prouder than ever!

John was truly a huge New England sports fan. Baseball, football or basketball, John was always very attentive to each team. He also enjoyed woodworking and making crafts for all his family and friends.

John’s life was full. He shared a great love of family, faith and country all of which gave him the greatest joys throughout his lifetime.

Sadly, John was predeceased by his parents, his wife Mary (Murray) Wackrow, his son, John E. Wackrow Jr. and his siblings, Rosemarie Walsh and Wesley Wackrow.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Margaret (Burke) Wackrow of Woburn, his children, Sheryl Walsh, her husband James of AZ, James F. Wackrow, his wife Mary Rose of Medfield, Christopher Wackrow, his wife Karen, Daniel Wackrow, his wife Alison all of Woburn, his sister, Susan Enright of AZ and his grandchildren, James, Timothy, Shaun, Taylor, Ryan, Austin, Alyssa, Nicole, Katelyn and Matthew.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday morning March 31th at 10:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours on Thursday morning from 8:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the Funeral. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in John’s memory to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, c/o Veterans Office, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or the GRECC Program, Bedford Veteran’s Hospital, 200 Springs Road, Bedford MA 01730.

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  1. To the Wackrow family,

    Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your farther. I can still remember watching football games in the basement where your dad built the bar.

    He was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.

    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Todd Livolsi

  2. Chris and 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

  3. Sherry and family sorry for your loss. I remember renting down stairs and your parents were so very nice. My thoughts are with you donna frost walker

  4. Sherry, Chris, Danny, and Jimmy,

    I am saddened to hear about the loss of Jack. I considered him family. Thinking of you during this time.

    Take Care,
    Stephanie McMahon

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