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GILMORE, John “Jack” Francis, Jr., of Braintree, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on March 2, 2021, at the age of 93. Born March 19, 1927 in Boston to the late John F. Gilmore, Sr. and Dena E. (Zilioli), John was raised in Roxbury by his father and his grandparents, Patrick and Mary (Henehan) Gilmore, who had emigrated from Tuam, County Galway, Ireland. As a child, John enjoyed spending summer vacations in Rhode Island with his aunt Marjorie (Gilmore) and her husband C. Chase Page. During WWII, Jack proudly served his country as a Corporal in the 6th Emergency Rescue Squadron of the Army Air Corps that was stationed in Okinawa. After more than 53 years of service, Jack retired in 2001 from his career as a registered engineer and land surveyor in the City of Boston’s Engineering Division of the Public Works Department. A dedicated sports fan, Jack could often be found watching the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots or the Boston Bruins on television. He was also an avid reader, who spent many hours reading biographies and non-fiction books about World War II or politics and in his later years, Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels. He devoured the Boston Globe every day after breakfast and he enjoyed crossword puzzles for many years. Jack enjoyed hosting large extended family dinners for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas and barbecues for Independence and Labor Days at his home in Braintree and previously in the Mattapan section of Boston. Summers would find Jack tending to his prolific backyard vegetable and flower garden, or on his small fishing boat traveling from Hingham to Boston Harbor. When the children were young summer vacations included family road trips to Washington DC, New York City, the lakes region of New Hampshire, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto; and a staycation week of local beaches, museums and, of course, a trip to Fenway Park. Once the children were grown, he and Jane enjoyed traveling with Jane's sister Evie to Las Vegas in the fall and the Tampa suburbs in the spring to visit Jane's brother Fran. Times spent visiting with his dear sister Margie and her family were very special to him. His favorite place to relax in his retirement years was by Paugus Bay in central New Hampshire. An avid movie goer, in his latter days, Jack enjoyed watching old movies on television, his favorites being The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and Home Alone (1990 and 1992). A devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend, Jack will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to have known him. John was the husband of Jane Marie (Finneran) Gilmore. Loving father of Mary Ann Gilmore and her husband Howard M. Fine of Belmont, John P. Gilmore of Quincy and William G. Gilmore and his wife Meg (O’Brien) of Lynnfield. Cherished grandfather of Andrew R.G. Fine, Alexa N. Gilmore and Ryan G. Gilmore. Brother of the late Marguerite M. Cartasegna and her late husband Lino D. of Portland, Oregon. Dear brother-in-law of Evelyn A. Finneran, Trudie A. Collins and her late husband William H., Robert A. Finneran of Waltham and the late Francis D., William J. and his wife Paula K. and Mary T. Finneran. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. At the request of the family, Funeral Services will be private. Interment will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Air Force Aid Society, Arrangements under the care of the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree, MA. To leave a sympathy message for the family, visit

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