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Dr. John J. "Jack" Kelliher

Dr. John J. "Jack" Kelliher
  • January 27, 1941 - November 12, 2017
  • Peabody, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, the Kelliher family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Wounded Warriors Project
    P.O. Box758517
    Topeka, KS 66675

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“Dear Susan and Family, I was sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Please accept my sincere sympathy and that of my family on your loss. Respectfully,...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“Kelliher Family,So sorry to hear of Dr. Kelliher's passing, he was always so friendly and nice! May time heal your sorrow and it will. Let the...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Missy McSweeney - Topsfield, MA

“Mrs. Kelliher,My deepest condolences on your loss. I always enjoyed waiting on you and your husband at Turner's. As my mother would say, "he was of...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Kathleen Powers - Melrose, MA

“I am currently the Class Chair for the Holy Cross Class of 1962. I primarily remember Jack as a very good hockey player on what was then a club sport...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Mike Leding - Tampa, FL

“So sorry for your loss. I just read it or would have came to service. Dr Kelliher was always nice to my family and myself. Also took care of my moms...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Donna Giacalone - Melrose, MA

“Mrs. K and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Dr. K was so nice. Enjoyed all the years of feeling like family whenever we came in. He was a...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Paula Fowlie - Melrose, MA

“It is with great fondness that I remember Dr. Kelliher and the staff of the dental practice. My guess is that our family was one of the first to be...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Judy Wadland-Tanner - Wakefield, MA

“Jack was an excellent student, classmate and friend. His memory will continue. ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: Paul Levi, Jr. - Burlington, VT

“A great friend and confidant, Jack will be missed...I know who he is having with though. He showed you all how to muster strength, may it be useful...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Bill Huntress - Melrose, MA

“Susan and family sorry of the passing of your husband and grandpa thought and prayers are with u during this difficult time god blesd ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Kathy Graham - Melrose, MA

“Dear Susan, I am very sorry to read of Jack's passing.Please know that I will keep Jack and you in my prayers and at Mass.May he rest in peace, Fr....Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Fr. Jack Izzo, S.J. - Holy Cross, MA

“So sorry to hear the passing of your dad. He's with the angels now. God bless him prayers sent to you and your family ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Donna oliviero - marblehead ma, MA

“Matt,My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. He was a great man.Jim Riley ”
13 of 22 | Posted by: Jim Riley

“Jim and I are so sad to hear about Dr. Kelleher passing.Our thoughts and prayers to you all. ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Laura and Jim Boyden - Melrose, MA

“Our deepest condolences to the Kelliher Family, our hearts are full with love for you. To Mrs. Kelliher: all of our thoughts and prayers. To Matt &...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Tony Reali & The Reali Family - NY

“Rest in peace Jack from a teammate on Hickey team at BC High. ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Paul Horrigan - Classmate

“My condolences and deepest sympathies to the Kelliher/Welch families. I know what a great loss this is for all of you and will hold you in my...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Elizabeth Graham - W. Roxbury, MA

“I'm so sorry to hear about Dr. Kelliher. He was a wonderful man. You're in my prayers.Liz McNamara ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Liz McNamara - Melrose, MA

“Our condolences to Sue and the family on the passing of a wonderful friend. Jack, Rest In Peace. ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: John McNaught - Melrose, MA

“Dear Sue, Katy, John and Mathew,Gen and I were shocked to hear of Jack's passing. I have known Jack since first grade. He was well liked by everyone....Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: FRANCIS MCNAMARA - ROCKPORT, MA

“To the Kelliher family Dr. Kelliher was a sweet, kind man. I'll always remember how nice he was to me and my family. All my love and prayers to you...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Kathleen McNamara Liakos - MA

“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....Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

Kelliher, Dr. John J."Jack" DMD, of Peabody, formerly of Melrose, November 12, 2017. Jack was born and raised in Melrose on Kiley Farm. He attended St. Mary's School in Melrose and went on to graduate from B.C. High School in 1958. Jack graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1962. After Holy Cross, he went on to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After graduating dental school in 1966, Jack married his wife of 51 years Susan Collins. Jack joined the United States Navy and was stationed as the base dentist at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, in North Carolina.

Jack and Susan returned to his hometown of Melrose in 1968. Jack went on to open his dental practice where he served the families of Melrose and beyond for almost 40 years. Jack and Susan happily raised their three children John, Katie and Matthew. Jack enjoyed puttering in his extensive perennial gardens, watching his children participate in various sporting events and a ballet recital or two, and his weekly golf game with friends. In retirement, Jack cherished his time with his wife, their winters in Naples, Florida and watching his grandchildren grow and flourish.

He is remembered as a devoted husband, the best dad ever, a beloved Papa, and a dear friend to many.

Jack was the beloved husband of 51 years to Susan (Collins) Kelliher. Loving father of John J. Kelliher IV & his wife Juliana of Houston, TX, Matthew Kelliher & his wife Shannon of Chevy Chase, MD and Katie Welch & her husband Christopher of Salem, MA. Cherished grandfather of Fleming, Dean, Quinn, Madison, Juliet, Lucy and the late Maeve. Also survived by many wonderful relatives & friends. Visitation will be held ... READ MORE →