John “Jack” J. Carney of Marstons Mills, formerly of Quincy, passed peacefully June 30, 2019 surrounded by family. The beloved husband of Delia M. (Lyons) Carney for 52 years, he will be painfully missed and forever remembered by the lives he has touched throughout his 80 years.
Born in Dorchester in 1939 to John and Ellen (Waters) Carney, both of whom he missed too early, Jack grew up with two adoring sisters: the late Mary Collins (Milton, MA) and the late Catherine “Bunnie” Durkan (Dorchester, MA). A graduate of Boston College and a United States Marine, Jack went on to earn his MBA from Babson College and a Master of International Taxation from Widener University. After a long and successful career in finance, he retired as President of Spectra Physics USA, but not from his life-long passion for learning.
Outside of his many professional achievements, Jack loved exploring the world and sharing stories of his travels to Europe and Costa Rica to a wide-eyed audience. No matter the trip, he always made time to stop in County Mayo to wine and dine Delia’s mother, Mary Kate. A man dedicated to his Faith, and to the service of others in his community, Jack was a communicant at Our Lady of Victory in Centerville, long-time Eucharistic minister at St. Joseph Parish in Quincy, and former President of the Boston College Evening College Alumni Association. Whistling along the way, Jack started each morning with a song in his heart and a rhythm in his step, eager to face the day with humility, intelligence, and a joyous sense of humor. What Jack cherished most, however, and what he would likely consider to be his greatest achievement, is the unbreakable bond he shared with his wife, children, and grandchildren, with whom he adopted his third name: “Grampy”.
Jack built a beautiful life on the strongest foundation he knew: that of hard work, unconditional love, and compassion for all. It seems unfair that, in missing him, we also lose the person that never failed to give us a reason to smile. It is by this undying support, as well as his contagious spirit for adventure, that his family will remember him most. Jack never let the limitations of age prevent him from visiting loved ones, supporting his grandchildren, or buying a card and gift for his wife on every occasion. Even a battle with Parkinson’s could not limit the extent of his wanderlust. Never one to pass up an early tee time at the Barnstable Fairgrounds, a morning in his garden, a long afternoon of fishing or quahogging, or a weekend hiking and camping in the mountains, Jack most treasured the days he was outside in nature, celebrating the gift of life with family and friends– a tall glass of lemonade never too far from reach.
In addition to his wife Delia, Jack will be missed by daughter Colleen Connelly of Quincy and her children Caitlin and Caroline; daughter Cathleen and husband Ralph Delorie of Hingham and their children, Delia, Catherine, and Sean; daughter Carolyn and husband Sean Dinneen of Plymouth and their children Nora, Bridget, and Celia; son John Carney Jr. of Yarmouth; son Michael and wife Veronica Carney of Norwell and their children Nola Mae and Brennan; and son Paul Carney and fiancé Lina of Brooklyn, NY. Jack is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. As we say “Sweet Dreams” to our Jack/Dad/Grampy, there is with no doubt he is entering heaven with his familiar “Rise and Shine!” We love you, Grampy. Safe home.
Visiting hours will be from 3 to 6 pm on Friday, July 5th in the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Saturday, July 6that Our Lady Victory Church, 230 So. Main Street, Centerville. Burial will follow in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Pine Street, Centerville. The Carney family would like to extend its thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Cape Cod Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Miami, FL 33131; www.Parkinson.org.