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John W. "Jack" Wise
  • , In lieu of flowers, the Wise family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • St. Mary's Church
    46 Myrtle St.
    Melrose, MA 02176
  • In lieu of flowers, the Wise family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • National Right to Life
    512 10th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20004

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“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...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Carol Taber - Ossipee, NH

“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...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Nancy Melanson - Peabody, MA

“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...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Kevin Burke - Pompano Beach, FL

“Sorry to hear of the passing of Jack, beloved husband,father,grandfather,great grandfather, brother,brother in law.uncle..His presence will be missed...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Williams Rudder - Marshfield, MA

“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...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Susan Galluzzo

“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 »
6 of 6 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


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 @ www.nrlc.org.