Captain John T. “Jack” Moakley died Friday afternoon at his home in Falmouth after a four-year battle with glioblastoma. He was 65.
Born in 1953 to Thomas and Doris “Honey” Moakley of South Boston, Jack decided at an early age that he wanted to be an oceanic explorer, and he did just that. Shortly after graduating from Northeastern University in 1976 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Jack joined the NOAA Corps. He was already a certified SCUBA diver, and during his 28 years as an active duty NOAA Corps officer his various assignments took him from the sea to Washington, D.C. His last sea tour was as Commanding Officer of the NOAA Ship Albatross IV. He also holds a U.S. Coast Guard license of Master of Steam and Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tonnage upon Oceans.
Jack attended Suffolk University, receiving an MBA in 1981. After graduating at the top of his class and earning his law degree from Howard University in 1989, he worked in the Office of NOAA General Counsel developing regulations to implement the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and also authored Chapter 7 of the NOAA Corps Regulations. In 2016, he was named Associate Director of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole.
Jack enjoyed being active in the Falmouth community, including serving as president of the Woods Hole Golf Club, chairman of the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, and as a coach in the Falmouth Youth Hockey League. But Jack’s greatest love was spending time with his family, especially on the harbor in Woods Hole.
Jack will be remembered as the loving husband of 32 years of Liz Kenney Moakley, and the proud father of John, Dan, and Thomas Moakley. Jack is also survived by his siblings, Thomas Moakley of Weymouth, Patty Hamel of Scituate, Donna Devin of Scituate, and Janet Moakley of Wakefield, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, “in-laws and outlaws.”
Jack’s family would like to thank friends and family for the support and prayers that sustained Jack throughout his illness.
Visiting hours will be from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 13th in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Hwy. (Route 28A) WEST FALMOUTH.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August14th in the St. Joseph’s Chapel, 33 Millfield Street, Woods Hole, MA
Burial at the VA National Cemetery will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jack may be made to the Woods Hole Foundation at www.woodsholefoundation.org or by mail at Box 603, Woods Hole, MA 02543; or to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Brain Tumor Center Research Fund at www.bidmc.org/giving or by check made payable to “Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center” with “John Moakley/Brain Tumor Center Research Fund” on the memo line and mailed to: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Development, 330 Brookline Ave – OV, Boston, MA 02215.