John W. "Jack" Wise

  • Born: June 14, 1937
  • Died: June 27, 2019
  • Location: Lynnfield, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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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 @


Condolence & Memory Journal

With sympathy from the Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative, St Maria Goretti and Our Lady of the Assumption parish, staff, parishioners, and the Ministry of Consolation our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Mary lou Goodwin - Peabody, MA   August 18, 2019

We lived in Melrose almost 30 years and knew Jack and Marion well, we belonged to Incarnation church and our children knew the Wise family and have fond memories of Deacon Wise. I worked with Marion at OSI in Melrose for almost 10 years and have fond memories of the times we shared there. , They are a wonderful family and we missed them when they left Melrose. I hope Marion is doing well and we all know Jack is with our heavenly father. Carol & Ed Taber

Posted by Carol Taber - Ossipee, NH - Friend   July 13, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was truly one of the best. Jack was always positive, always smiling. The world is a better place because he was in it. People like Jack are few and far between and in the Church they are almost impossible to find. Jack did not just preach the faith, he lived the faith. Believe me this is a rarity in the Church today. He will be missed by many. My prayers go out to his family. Nancy Melanson

Posted by Nancy Melanson - Peabody, MA - Friend   July 03, 2019

So sorry to hear about Deacon Jack. I recently retired after 45 years as a free-lance licensed funeral director for several funeral homes. I frequently saw him when I was honored to work at the Gately Funeral Home, a place I know he enjoyed to visit, and all of us on the staff there felt the same toward him. He was amongst the best of the many clergy I've ever met through those years. Deacon Jack was a down-to-earth common sense man, whose sincerity and gentle guidance helped so many families he assisted to begin the process of grieving. He was a man of integrity and compassion, and he will be missed by many people, including me. I just prayed for him while walking on the beach here at a beautiful red-sky sunset by the Pompano Pier.

My sincere sympathy to his family.

Kevin J. Burke
Pompano Beach, Florida

Posted by Kevin Burke - Pompano Beach, FL - Friend   July 02, 2019

Sorry to hear of the passing of Jack, beloved husband,father,grandfather,great grandfather, brother,brother in law.uncle..His presence will be missed by many.

Posted by Williams Rudder - Marshfield, MA - Friend   July 02, 2019

To all the Wises,

Our prayers and heartfelt condolences to you all on the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and my family friend Mr. Wise. It has been a pleasure and joy knowing him for the past 45 years. So many in the community will mourn his loss as he dedicated much time to the church. I am fortunate to say that he married me and baptized my son. I have many childhood memories of Mr. Wise that I will always cherish. He was an extraordinary man and will be forever missed.
Our sympathy and thoughts are with you all.

Susan And John Galluzzo

Posted by Susan Galluzzo    June 30, 2019

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   June 27, 2019

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