JOHN F. “JACK” BRITT

May 1, 2024

JOHN F. “JACK” BRITT

JOHN F. “JACK” BRITT – of Woburn, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Town of Arlington, a friend, and a mentor to many educators, passed away May 1st, with his family by his side. He was 84 years of age. Beloved husband of 60 years to Judith (Arnold) Britt. Devoted father of Jonathan F.  Britt, his wife, Michele of Belmont and Julene Gervais, her husband George of North Yarmouth, Maine.  Proud and cherished “Papa” of Jack, Patrick, and Julia Gervais.  Dear brother of Thomas M. Britt, his wife, Judith of Arlington, James A. Britt, his wife Kimberly of Falmouth, Barbara A. Lanzillo, her husband Richard of Lake Sunapee, NH and his sister-in-law, Marie Britt of Arlington.  Jack was pre-deceased by his brother, Robert L. Britt. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, on SATURDAY, May 4th at 10 a.m.  Burial to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 4-7 p.m. on FRIDAY, May 3rd in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

JOHN F. “JACK” BRITT – of Woburn, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Town of Arlington, a friend, and a mentor to many educators, passed away May 1st, with his family by his side. He was 84 years of age. He was the beloved husband of Judith (Arnold) Britt, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. 

A long-time resident of Woburn, Jack was the oldest of five children born into the family of the late Thomas M. and Catherine (Malatesta) Britt. He was born in Somerville, raised in Medford, and educated in the Medford Public Schools, graduating from Medford High School with the Class of 1957.  Upon graduation from high school, Jack enrolled in Salem Teachers College (now Salem state University) and received a BS in Education.  It was at Salem State that he met his wife, Judy.  He continued his education at Boston University where he received a Master’s Degree in Education and was a member of Delta Pi Epsilon (Business Honor Society). He later received a CAGS (certificate of advance graduate studies) from Northeastern University in computer science. He was a member of MASBO (Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials).

Jack began and ended his long educational career of 40 years with the Arlington Public School system.  He taught Business subjects for 20 years and was Assistant Superintendent for 20 years.  He also was part of the planning and school building committee to rebuild/renovate the Arlington Schools. He was so passionate about providing the best education and experience for teachers, students and parents he was always trying to accommodate everyone.   One project he worked on, developing a fully coordinated central office staff that gelled together to improve the entire school system.  

Jack and Judy moved to Woburn in the mid 60’s and built their ideal home on the West Side of Woburn.  Woburn still had quite a bit of farmland and was a much more rural community at that time.  It was here that they began their family.  Jack and Judy were dedicated parents who supported their children and were involved in their education, sports, and extracurricular activities.  As the family grew, and grandchildren began arriving, “Papa” was a dedicated and doting grandparent who loved to see, and be involved in everything his grandchildren were doing. He was always available to his grandchildren and enjoyed hearing stories, or spending time with them.

Jack and Judy spent many happy times at their condo at Hampton Beach, NH with their “beach family”.  It held a special place to them creating a lot of memories over the years.  Their children and now grandchildren love to vacation at Hampton.  Jack and Judy loved to travel.  They traveled throughout their 60 years of marriage.  They visited many of the European countries, Sicily, Hawaii, most of the Caribbean Islands, Alaska, Mexico and most of the contingent U.S states.   When they retired, they vacationed every year for 4 months in Florida and were always joined by their grandchildren on school vacations.

Jack was proud of his Italian heritage. He worked part time at his uncle’s meat/grocery store on Salem

Street while attending high school.  He loved the North End of Boston.  He loved telling stories about his Italian grandmother and places his mother played as a young girl. To this day, he loved reminiscing about how different the North End was 60-70 years ago.  Jack loved to cook and prepare many of his grandmother’s recipes for company.  He was a member of the former South End Italian Club of Woburn, the RMCA (Retired Men’s club of Arlington) and the Malden Moose

Jack was an avid gardener with a green thumb.  He was known for making anything grow.  He would laugh and say, “you really have to talk to your plants.” He loved working in his yard. His landscaping and flowers were magnificent.  He also had a vegetable garden for many years and the best part was always giving away fresh veggies to his family and friends.  Jack and Judy frequently entertained and chef Jack prepared many of his specialties.  The annual Britt Family Christmas party was very special to him celebrating with his loved ones. Jack liked to talk and always had a story to tell about people he met while on vacations.

Both Jack and Judy were dedicated members of St. Barbara’s Parish and deeply involved with the parish community and socials for many years.  Both Jack and Judy were Eucharistic Ministers.  This was a true reflection of his spirituality, which remained strong in his everyday life. His spirit, warmth and easy-going nature will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Jack was blessed with a strong and close family, amazing friends, and enjoyed deeply the times they were able to get together. Jack was a devoted, supportive and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle.

Jack was the beloved husband of Judith A. “Judy” (Arnold) Britt and devoted father of Jonathan F.  Britt and his wife, Michele of Belmont and Julene Gervais and her husband George of North Yarmouth, Maine.  He was the proud and cherished “Papa” of Jack, Patrick and Julia Gervais.  He is also survived by his brothers, Thomas M. Britt and his wife, Judith of Arlington, James A. Britt and his wife Kimberly of Falmouth, his sister, Barbara A. Lanzillo and her husband Richard of Lake Sunapee, NH and sister-in-law, Marie Britt of Arlington.  Jack was pre-deceased by his brother, Robert L. Britt.  He is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, on SATURDAY, May 4th at 10 a.m.  Burial to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 4-7 p.m. on FRIDAY, May 3rd in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, on SATURDAY, May 4th at 10 a.m.  Burial to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 4-7 p.m. on FRIDAY, May 3rd in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. 

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  1. Stephen Pereira

    Just and the Britt family, I am saddened hearing of John’s passing. He was a very serious and professional Asst. Superintendent. I enjoyed working alongside him for many years.
    May he rest in peace.

  2. Carmen & Loula Guzzardi

    Dear Judy & family, Loula & I are very sorry for your loss. Jack was a great guy & enjoyed his conversations over the years with his dry sense of humor he always made us laugh he will sadly be missed.

  3. Dear Judy and Family,

    Our heartfelt condolences for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Ellen and Jack Hehir

  4. William Bolster

    Judy, I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. The few times I talked to him, was a pleasure. A real great and interesting guy.

    Bill Bolster

  5. Lynn Frenette

    Judy and family, Adam and I are very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Chicki Rigazio

    Judy, So sorry to hear of Jack!s passing.Juleene put a beautiful tribute to her Dad on Facebook.❤️🙏🙏🙏❤️🙏🙏🙏❤️

  7. Deacon Ed Giordano

    Judy

    Carol & I are so sorry for your loss. Praying for you, Jack and your family. We are away but will be praying for all of you.

    Deacon Ed & Carol Giordano

  8. Anne Decubellis

    Judy and family, I’m saddened to read of Jacks passing. Tho I didn’t know him well, he was nice to talk with at Lions functions.

  9. Al & Annmarie

    Judy and Family,

    Jack was very special to us. We will missed him dearly . Love Al & Annmarie

  10. Christine (Rich) Langill

    Dear Judy and Family, My deepest sympathy to you all at this time of sorrow. He is in God’s care now and what better care could anyone ever ask for him, now I pray for your comfort in the days ahead. May God bless you all.

  11. Judy and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jack was such a special person and we will miss seeing him up at Hampton. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Paul and Denise Perry

  12. Stephanie and Dana Granville

    Our deepest sympathy to Judy and family. Jack was always a highlight of our weekend visits to Hampton, a good friend and family man who we will always be fortunate and proud to have known.

  13. Judy and Family I am so sorry for your loss. Where there is great grief, there was great love. May Jack RIP.

    “Death Leaves A Heartache
    No One Can Heal.

    Love Leaves Memories
    No One Can Steal.”

    From an Irish Tombstone

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