Captain John T. “Jack” Moakley

1953 ∼ 2019

Michael Martinage of Kealakekua wrote:

Aloha Always was what we talked about the last time we spoke and that stands true to Jack, a generous smile, huge sense of humor and just plain heck of a man, we mourn your loss, while sending the entire ohana our Aloha Alway, Love you guys

Diane Sartell of East Falmouth, Ma wrote:

Liz and Family, very sorry for your loss of Jack. Father, husband and friend my thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I wish you peace, love and strength. Diane (Morris) Sartell

Sue McCarthy of Newry , ME wrote:

Dear Liz and Family, So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. My heart goes out to you. Thinking of you and your family. XO, Sue

Anne Munson of Falmouth MA wrote:

The world has lost another big-hearted giant. Jack was not only incredibly smart, successful, and a protector of the oceans, he was a very thoughtful and kind man too. He made his community and the world a better place. Rest In Peace Jack. We will miss you.

CDR Jim Herkelrath of Bainbridge Island, WA wrote:

Liz & Family: I am very sorry for your loss. It was many years ago when I sailed with Jack on ALBATROSS IV. He was fun loving and a great shipmate. He could also be a very competent administrator and Executive Officer. Liz, I believe I sailed with Jack during the time you and he began dating. My sincere condolences. When I think of Jack, I will always smile, as all of my memories of him are good ones. Jim

lorraine spenle of Brewster Ma wrote:

Dear Liz and Family ~ I was shocked to hear of Jacks passing ~ I am honored to say I went to sea while Jack was Captain ~ a wonderful caring and happy man. My sincere condolences . Stay strong Liz sending my love to you . God bless you and the boys . Lorraine

Nancy Gailitis Berube of Gloucester, MA wrote:

Early on in my career I had the incredible pleasure of working with Jack when he was an attorney at the NOAA Office of General Counsel for Natural Resources in Gloucester. A great attorney, great person, great man and great husband and dad. The world has lost a wonderful person. My condolences to Liz, boys and family.

Carl Robert Berman, Jr. of Austin wrote:

So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was a great officer, and a fine shipmate and friend. I will always remember his ready smile and sense of humor

Gary Bulmer of Knoxville, TN wrote:

Dear Liz, my heart is with you. Jack was a great skipper, a great shipmate, a great housemate, and one of my dearest friends. He will always be with me.

Tez & Wendy of Mansfield, MA wrote:

Liz, Danny, John & Thomas, we are so very sorry and heartbroken for your loss. Jack was such a wonderful husband, father and friend. He will be sorely missed by all those he touched so deeply with his friendship, humor and smile. We hope that you can find some comfort in the many cherished memories. Sending hugs and lots of love to you all during this very difficult time.

Leslie Redmond of Sagamore Beach, MA wrote:

Captain Moakley was my Commanding Officer on ALBATROSS IV. He was personable, kind, compassionate, intelligent, and I felt safe knowing he was in charge. There aren't enough great things I can say about this fine man. My sincere condolences to the Moakley family and friends.

Amy Martins of Woods Hole, MA wrote:

Jack's upbeat spirit and respectful professionalism will be sorely missed. I sailed on many missions aboard the Albatross, and reported to Jack on the observer budget and facilities. He took business seriously but he cared deeply about people and the mission of the NEFSC. He taught me a lot and made me a better person. His departure must leave a devastating wound for his family, and I pray that you heal and find some solace that his kindness does live on in others who aspire to be like him. ~ Amy

Bob and Gerry West of Dover,NH wrote:

We enjoyed many good times with the Moakleys and Merrills at Airline Park on the Cape! We are so sorry to hear about Jack. We met a gal that worked with him at Noah-she told us what a wonderful guy he was!

Denise Acquaviva of East Falmouth,MA wrote:

Dear Liz and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jack will most definitely leave a void in my heart. He was an amazing boss and friend. Vineyard trips and Christmas parties will not be the same without him. Jack was the epitome of fun. He was truly an inspiration thru all of the adversity he faced never giving up hope and always wearing a smile. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to work for Jack for so many years. May he Rest In Peace.

Bob Maxson of Kansas City, MO wrote:

Loved Jack! Remember sitting with him in the Recovery Room adjacent to the Norfolk Fleet Facility (walking distance to the ships), after he came down and "unleashed" critical equipment for the newly acquired Gloria Michelle. Brilliant, unconventional, the best of the best, and unselfish to a fault, will cry a bit for now... What a great shipmate and NOAA Corps Officer! Very best to his wonderful family & friends and with my love, Bob

Helen Mangelsdorf of Philadelphia, PA wrote:

So sorry to hear the news. Even when it is expected death brings a terrible emptiness. My love to you all. Helen Mangelsdorf

Kevin Cruse of Falmouth, Ma wrote:

I had the pleasure to sail under Jack’s command aboard the NOAA ship ALBATROSS IV as his Chief Engineer. Jack was a great captain and a genuine friend.

Stephen Beckwith of Wantagh NY wrote:

Jack was a great man. Highly respected and admired. First captain aboard the RV GLORIA MICHELLE. He set the bar high. Honored to have known him. Rest In Peace Cap!

Tim Concannon of Bloomfield, Michigan wrote:

Thoughts and Prayers are with the entire Moakley family. Will always have fond childhood memories of Jackie, Tommy Paul, Patty, Donna, and Janet. Life is too short! Love from the Concannon's

Barbara M. Brosnan of Scituate, MA wrote:

My Heartfelt Sympathy, Love and Prayers to all the Moakley Family. Peace and Blessings always. Barbara.

Timothy Moran of Boston Massachusetts wrote:

Jackie was a big part of my life growing up. His whole family was, I remember getting the day off from school to visit the Moakley's and watch the St Patrick's day parade. Jack stayed with us alot in the summer time, at the cottage in Wareham. Jackie and my brother Mike were very close in those days. He was full of life and loved to have a good time. I think we classified as the outlaws, but good times were had. But time tick's away and we get busy with life and lose touch. I last saw Jack at my mother's 90th birthday party, it's when I found out about his illness. We talked like we hadn't missed a day, and we danced and sang like old times. As we said our goodbyes and was leaving with Liz a tear came to my eye and I decided to remember him as the big strapping cousin I remembered from our younger years. Always quick with a smile and a joke. My heart goes to his family. Thank you Liz for the conversation that night he couldn't have asked for a better wife and friend. Tommy Paul, Patty Ann, Donna and Janet. Also Jack's son's you couldn't have asked for a better father or older brother. Time passes quickly hold close to those you love. Timmy Moran

Astrid Brodahl of Falmouth wrote:

I had the pleasure of helping Jack with flowers off and on in the last couple of years. I love his spirit of enthusiasm and bright positive attitude. Glad to have met him!

Gerry Lamb and Mary McGann of arlington, VA wrote:

We are so sorry to learn of Jack's passing. He was a wonderful guy, so devoted to his family and friends and the NOAA Corps.Our condolences to Liz, sons John, Dan and Thomas, and siblings Thomas, our der friend Patty (and Gordon,) Donna and Janet. Fondly, Gerry and Mary

Kerin OConnell wrote:

So sorry to hear about your husband Liz..prayers and love, Kerin OConnell

Cindy and Bill Cavanaro of Scituate MA wrote:

Liz and Jacks beloved boys, we are so very sorry for the loss of your husband/father. You are a wonderful family and we wish you Strength and Peace and Love. ❤️ Cindy, Bill, Casey & Jeff Cavanaro

Capt and Mrs John Bentz of Fairfax Station va wrote:

Our deepest and sincerest sympathy for the loss of a wonderful man. Charles and Maryellen have kept us informed through Jack's journey and battle against cancer. Our blessing to your family. Paula and John

Patti Doonan Sullivan of East Falmouth, MA wrote:

Dear Liz and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Jacks passing. He was an amazing man ! Husband and Dad!! I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!!! Much love, Patti

Steven Correia of Fairhaven ,ma wrote:

My condolences He Was well respected by many. I worked on the Massachusetts inshore survey he used to captain the Gloria Michelle