John "Jack" F. Howard

  • Born: February 22, 1940
  • Died: April 2, 2017
  • Location: Reading, Massachusetts

McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
Tel. (781) 334-9966

Tribute & Message From The Family

John F. "Jack" Howard, 77 of Reading formerly of Wakefield died peacefully Sunday April 2, at the Bear Hill Nursing Center surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Malden, on February 22, 1940 he was the son of the late Francis and Mary (Paon) Howard.

Jack was a graduate of Wakefield High School class of 1957. He was a member of St. Joseph Church. Jack was retired from the Human Resource Department at Global Insight of Lexington. In his spare time he loved to travel to various places.

Jack was the brother of Michael Howard and wife Denise of Malden, Karen Corcoran and husband Lou of Wakefield, and Maureen Wargo and her late husband Francis of Wilmington. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment, Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. For obit/guestbook,


Condolence & Memory Journal

Oh Jack, it makes me sad to think of you being gone. I wondered when I didn't get one of your crazy Christmas cards, but when mine to you came back, I looked you up. You were a wonderful person and I am so glad to have known you.

Posted by Bobbi Burns - N Hampton, NH - Friend   January 17, 2018

It saddens me I just found out of your passing Jack where do I start but to say thank you for being my friend you have made me a better person for having you in my life I will always cherish the memories and all the laughs we shared I will carry on your legacy with the humor you have shown all of us. Rest In Peace my beautiful friend you shall never be forgotten love you until we meet again.

Posted by Wayne Izdebski - Fairhaven, MA - Friend   December 21, 2017

Our deepest sympathy to Jacks family. My family and I got to know Jack briefly while he shared a room with my father at Bear Hill . During that short time Jack became quick friends with my mother ,father and family. He would update our family as to how my fathers night went, had a positive word to add and was always willing to share a snack or two. He seemed to genuinely care for my father and his wellbeing. This was a great comfort to my family. I felt as though my Dad had an angel looking out for him. Thankyou Jack for your kindness and concern. I'm glad that we had met.

Posted by Debby Deliago,Paicos - Andover, MA - Acquaintance   April 10, 2017

Jack was the best kind of friend anyone could ever have. When he was your friend, it was forever. I am so glad to have met him and had him in my life. I will miss him so much. But I know I will see him again.
Rest well, Jack. I know these last years haven't been easy. You are in the best place now. Heaven is a richer place now that you are there and there is a hole in my life for now.
I'll see you when I see you. I love you, big guy.

Posted by Sharman Brown - Landover, MD - Friend   April 09, 2017

It took me some time to understand why Jack was so special person. Anybody who ever met him, would immediately understand it. He was so overwhelmingly positive, emphatic and open person that you may not talk to him for months or years and next time you see him you feel like you met him every one of these days that passed. When we traveled to whatever place, he always appreciated everything around him.
My son met him only twice and he still remembers him very well as Uncle Jack. He misses him too.
I remember those days when we spent on eating, drinking, watching NBA games (he was not a big fan but I was) and endlessly discussing random things. I think I with Jack more private things then with anybody else before and after I met him. The way he spoke about his own life made you feel very special. He had great sense of humor and this rare talent of seeing things they really are. He maybe was not a person to get answers from, but he asked questions that were more valuable than answers.
He had a good life and I can only wish I spend mine the way he did. Only thing I regret is that I never was able to express how much I appreciate our friendship and make him understand how much he is giving to people around him. I think he never understood it fully but I hope he knew we love him.
I will miss him

Posted by Artur Grajek - Gdansk - Friend   April 09, 2017

To the family, I'am with you all in your loss of Jack - a wonderful brother , uncle, son and friend to so many . I loved him and will miss him, see you later Jack - we can rehash all the good times as we roll around Heaven all day.

Posted by Ann Delmarsh - Middeton, MA - Friend   April 08, 2017

I met wonderful Jack at my first real job from college. At the then called Data Resources 43 years ago. We have kept in touch on and off over the years thanks to dear friend Shari Matthews who organized many a get together. Just his name brings a smile to my face! Such a special, loving, fun friend. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Roberta Leonard - Plymouth, MA - Friend   April 08, 2017

My dear Jackie ❤. Friend just doesn't express it. I met you and we became friends when I was 6 years old with both of us living living on Sweetser Street, and now you part this life with us being best friends. Our lives have often gone in different directions but yet we have stayed connected throughout. My life has been so enriched by our growing up and old together. You were the funniest piece of work imaginable; never without a joke, laugh, wisecrack, or expression of love. My life will have a void, but that will cause me to think back on all the memories. I know you have found your peace and comfort and I'll see you there one day. This is my goodnight call and you know how much I love you.

Posted by Carol (Parolski) Ligan - Wakefield/Reading, MA - Friend   April 07, 2017

Jack was the funniest person I know. He was quick with a joke to make you laugh and feel better. Going to miss him.

Posted by Marcel Bpogosian - Watertown, MA - Coworker   April 07, 2017

What a fabulous guy Jackie was. Never without a joke or a big smile. God rest your soul Jackie - be at peace.

Posted by Linda (Parolski) Peterson - Acton, ME - friend   April 07, 2017

Jack the funniest guy I knew farewell my friend are now in Gods care...give charl a big hug for me we will miss your wonderful heart

Posted by A friend   April 06, 2017

He was not only a cousin, but a very special friend. Fun person with a great sense of humor. I will miss him terribly. The only thing that's okay, is that there will be no more pain. Remember our time in Boston and Faneuil Hall?
I love you, Jack - the world will not be the same without you.

Posted by Jackie McCarthy - St. Petersburg, FL   April 06, 2017

Jack my beloved friend, you have impacted many lives with your unique way of making people happy! my family (your family) from Guatemala, and other parts of the States who got to know you are missing you already. I am very lucky, and proud that you are part of my life. You are going be remembered always! that huge smile, and your willingness to help others! Missing you "MI VIEJITO"

Posted by Otto Llamas - Quincy, MA - Friend   April 06, 2017


Who would have not loved Jack? He was the funniest, goofiest, but kind, loving, caring co-worker and a great friend that I ever had. No more goofy XMas cards he used to send! :-( I love you and miss you dearly. Rest in Peace, Jack!

Duyen Phan - DRI

Posted by Duyen Phan - Washington DC, DC - Coworker   April 06, 2017

Jackie and I grew up on Sweetser St from the time I was 6. He was a great friend and the funniest person I know. Many years ago my husband and I caught up with Jackie in Hawaii on vacation. He has been in our lives since then. We loved him . We will miss him so much.

Posted by Jean Parolski Dickinson - Beverly, MA - Friend   April 06, 2017

I met Jack when being on my first business trip to the Lexington office which I was visiting quite often later on. Very quickly he became a friend of mine, best friend I could possibly have. We spend lots of time together on numerous weekend trips throughout New England, I also spent many nights at Jack's apartment talking, watching movies, drinking, laughing and slepping on his blow up bed. This was a great time and it wouldn't have been that great without Jack. He was a wonderful PERSON and I miss him a lot
Rest in peace, Jack

Posted by Grzegorz M - Gdansk - Friend   April 06, 2017


I had known Jack since our DRI days in Lexington. Although Jack and I worked in different departments, we were all part of what was once a small company, and everyone knew Jack. He was friendly, kind, and fun-loving. One of the nicest guys one could ever meet. His retirement part at Kowloon in Saugus, in September, 2005, was the best. Rest in peace, my friend.

Posted by Frank SanFilippo - Stoneham, MA   April 05, 2017

A wonderful family friend who will be greatly missed.

Posted by Joanne and David - Venice, FL   April 05, 2017

I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. He was a wonderful witty man and I enjoyed his quick sense of humor. He will be missed by many. My condolences to all of you

Posted by Carol Hubbard - Wakefield, MA - Friend   April 05, 2017

We're going to miss Uncle Jack so much. He was kind, generous, and so funny. My kids will always remember him as the uncle with the dentures. Rest In Peace, sweet Jack.

Posted by Jenni Corcoran - Mission Viejo, CA - Family   April 05, 2017

Our world will never be the same without Jack, but his spirit of life and love will continue forever. We will miss him beyond words. We were so lucky to have Jack in our lives. Our prayers our with his loving family.

Posted by Jimmy and Shari Matthews - Shirley, MA - Friend   April 05, 2017

Hay, Jack,
Chris and I are just going to remember that fabulous birthday party.
Jill and Chris Probyn

Posted by Jill Thompson - Charlestown, MA - Coworker   April 05, 2017

Jack brought so many smiles to a lot of people. I used to work with Jack and then later he quickly became a friend of the family. Always there when he was asked. You will be missed. Rest in Peace Jack

Posted by Janet Penney - Derry, NH - Friend   April 05, 2017