John J. Mark “Jackie”, of West Barnstable, passed away peacefully on September 3rd after a long illness with his family by his side.
Jackie leaves behind his wife, Kathy, of 44 years and his loving daughters Jennifer Hudock, wife of Justin, Caitlin Mark, Jaclyn McMurray, wife of Ryan, and son Christopher Mark. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Henry, Maya, and Eden, many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Jackie is predeceased by his mother, Mildred Gallagher, and his sisters and brothers (Helen, Theresa, Mary, Agnes, Eddie, and Paul).
Jackie was a veteran of the Korean War where he served from 1950 to 1953. After coming home from Korea, he joined the IBEW Local 103, the electrician’s union, where he was a member for 57 years. It was here that he met his dearest and most loyal friends, especially Bill Horan. While at Local 103, Jackie served as vice president and business agent.
After leaving Local 103, Jackie returned to school. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Boston College. He also earned an associates and bachelor’s degree from Providence College. With this education, he worked for the State of Massachusetts as a mediator and arbitrator for 30 years. Jackie also was a college professor for over 20 years. He taught sociology and labor relations courses at Salve Regina, Providence College, and Cape Cod Community College. Jackie loved education and continued to study in the labor relations field, graduating from the Harvard Trade Program.
Jackie enjoyed traveling to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Quebec City with his family. He also loved spending time at Dowses Beach. He enjoyed resting in the sun and listening to the sound of the ocean. He created many lasting friendships over the years at Dowses and his presence will certainly be missed. He will forever be in our hearts.
Visiting hours will be from 4-7 pm on Tuesday, September 8th at John Lawrence Funeral Home on rte. 28 in Marstons Mills. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, September 9th at Our Lady of Hope Chapel, rte. 6A, West Barnstable. Burial will follow at Crocker Park Cemetery in West Barnstable. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or a charity of your choice.