Senior Deacon John W. Wise '80

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Senior Deacon John W. Wise '80

Post by Charlie Cornell » Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:30 pm

We are deeply saddened to have heard of the death of our brother, Senior Deacon John W. Wise, who passed to the Lord on Thursday, June 27, 2019. The funeral arrangements are as follow:

Wake & Visitation: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Gately Funeral Home
79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Lying in State: Wednesday, July 3, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Saint Mary Church
46 Myrtle Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 AM (Deacons are invited to vest: White Stole and Dalmatic)
St. Mary Church
Interment: Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose

Condolences: Marian Wise (Wife)
7 Lookout Terrace
Lynnfield, MA 01940

+ Lord God, you sent your Son Jesus into the world to preach the Good News of salvation and to pour out his Spirit of grace upon your Church. Look with kindness on your servant, Deacon Jack. As a deacon in the Church he was strengthened by the gift of the Spirit to preach the Good News, to minister in your assembly, and to do the works of charity. Give him now the reward promised to those who show their love of you by service to their neighbor. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Deacon Jack Wise was born June 14, 1937. Son of the late William and Anne (Simpson) Wise. Loving husband to Marion G. (Stewart) Wise with whom he shared 59 years of marriage.

In addition to his loving wife Marion, Deacon Jack is survived by their seven children: Marguerite (Eddie), Shawn (Linda), Michelle (Rob), Erin, Kerry, Dennis (Jayne), Colleen (Sean) and twelve grandchildren: Jacqueline, Lyndsay, Shivonne, Ken, Tim, Shawn Jr., Darcy, Patrick, MaryKate, Gillan, Duncan, Stella and one new great granddaughter Madelyn.

Jack was employed by Victor Coffee Company, South Boston. He had a special way of getting to know his customers and built lifelong friendships. Even after he retired, he would see people everywhere he traveled (even on the beaches of Aruba).

In 1980, Jack was ordained a Permanent Deacon by Cardinal Medeiros for the Archdiocese of Boston. Deacon Wise touched the lives of many and vice versa through his ministry serving the following parishes: Incarnation and Saint Mary's (Melrose), along with Saint Agnes (Middleton) and Saint Teresa's (North Reading).

During the past few summers, Jack served as Deacon at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Cornwall, PEI, Canada. The cottage on the West River of Prince Edward Island, holds 50 years of memories with great conversations, numerous cups of coffee, the aroma of homemade biscuits and jam and the fresh ocean breeze

He was blessed with wonderful pastors, priests, fellow deacons and parishioners within each assignment. Additionally, he served as Chaplin for the Knights of Columbus, Melrose. Recently, he performed services at Brooksby Village in Danvers. In November of 2018, Jack was the recipient of the Cheverus Award presented by Cardinal Sean O'Malley for his years of service.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, from 4:00-8:00PM. Wednesday morning, July 3rd, Deacon Wise will Lay in State at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose from 10:00-11:00AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00AM. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Jack's name to St. Mary's Church, 46 Myrtle St. Melrose, MA 02176 or to the National Right to Life, 512 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 or @

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