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John Thomas Clary, III

John Thomas Clary, III

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
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John Thomas Clary, III, “Jack” 87, of Stow, MA, died at the Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA on March 17, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Patricia L. (Looby) Clary.

Jack was born in Atlantic City, NJ the son of the late Eleanor (Connors) and John T. Clary, Jr.

He is a graduate of Fordham University in NY, class of 54, who went on to earn his Masters degree as the recipient of the Grantland Rice fellowship at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism class of 55.

As a sports journalist, he spent 6 years with the Boston Herald Traveler, he had 67 books published, was an award-winning sports journalist and has been inducted into both his High School and the Fordham University Sports Hall of Fame.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Pat; his sister Carol Ann Roman of NJ, his 3 nephews, John, Matthew and Gregory Roman; as well as many other loving nieces and nephews.

Due to the State of Emergency regulations on the number of people attending a public event, Jack’s Visiting Hours, Funeral Mass and Burial will all be private. A public celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Catholic Medical Mission Board, by mail at 100 Wall Street, 9th FL., New York, NY 10005, or online at cmmb.org/donate For those wishing to leave online condolences, please visit his memorial page at www.actonfuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Service

    St. Isidore's Church
    429 Great Road
    STOW, MA 01775
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    Rev. Jeffrey Archer
  • Interment

    Brookside Cemetery
    Rte 62/Gleasondale Road
    STOW, MA 01775
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Private Condolence

Pete McHale

Posted at 12:47pm
Uncle Jack Clary will always have a special place in my life. As a close childhood friend of my dad, I was very fortunate enough to share many meals, watch many football games, and share so many great memories with both Uncle Jack and Aunt Pat. His strong yet warm presence always made me feel so comfortable as I often loved to hear the many stories he and my dad shared. Uncle Jack will be missed by us all, but I know that he and my dad are happy to once again be together, share old stories, and have a laugh while looking down over all of us.

Maureen Martin

Posted at 08:30am
Knowing Jack Clary as the husband of a friend and former colleague , Pat, has been a privilege. How special to be at your home in Stow with you both sharing pleasantries , humor , and such memories that you both created.
The love and companionship of Jack and Pat are such examples of true love.
God bless you , Jack and God bless you, Pat. Watching the Mass on Catholic TV today ........a virtual presence with you, Pat.
Fondly, Maureen


Posted at 06:47pm
Pat I am sorry for your loss. You shared a wonderful life together and with that a lifetime of memories. Devoted and true to your vows. You'll be in my prayers. May God Bless and keep you strong. Love Jan, vna.

Susan Bates

Posted at 03:00pm
Mrs Clary-
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I have such great memories/stories of you and Jack with my mom and dad. All the Bates kids send their thoughts and prayers. Love, Susan (and Mike, Dan, Tim and their families)

Eileen Winslow

Posted at 09:13pm
Very deeply saddened to hear this news Pat.
You and Jack had a beautiful and loving relationship.
I’m so sorry that the current COVID-19 pandemic prevents me from being there for you. Please know that I am sending warm, loving thoughts and a big virtual hug. I hope to be able to express this in person soon.
Eileen Winslow

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