John "Jack" Francis Dewey, Sr.of Needham, died October 12, 2019 at the age of 92. Husband of the late Patricia (Dowd) Dewey. Devoted brother of the late Robert C. Dewey. Companion for many years of the late Shirley Bailin. Beloved father of John F. Dewey Jr. and his wife Ellen of Hanover, Katherine E. Dewey of Venice. FL and Stephen L. Dewey and his wife Stephanie of Needham. Also survived by 7 grandchildren; Brian Dewey and his wife Annie of Trumbull, CT, Christine Andre and her husband Marvin of Sterling, MA, Eric Dewey and Stephen Dewey of Hanover, MA, Christopher Dewey and his wife Emily Olson of Wethersfield, CT, Kevin Dewey of North Wales, PA, and William Dewey of Brighton, MA and 2 great-grandchildren; Claire and Xavier Andre of Sterling, MA.
Jack was a Naval Veteran of WWII. He was a proud graduate of Dean Academy and Babson College class of 1949. Jack worked his entire career at Liberty Mutual Life Insurance Company in Boston MA. Jack was a long-time member of Needham Community Theater and performed in many of its productions.
In retirement, Jack volunteered for many years at the Boston Public Library demonstrating his love of jazz by assisting with cataloging of the library’s jazz music collection. Jack was a devoted alumnus of both Dean Academy and Babson College where he was recently recognized for his exceptional volunteer support and contributions to the Babson Community.
Jack was a former member of the Needham Retired Men’s Club. Jack’s interest included Big Band era music, the NY Times crossword puzzle, history and local sports.
His children fondly remember many happy vacations with their Dad in West Dennis, Cape Cod.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Fri Oct 18 at 10 AM in St Joseph’s Church Needham followed by interment with US Navy Military Honors at Newton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours in the Eaton Funeral Home 1351 Highland Ave Thurs from 4-7 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Babson College Class of ‘49 Scholarship Fund
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