John Gerard MacLennan
John Gerard MacLennan, 70, husband of Kathleen (Wile) MacLennan of
Ipswich, died June 7, 2019 in the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers
following his brief illness.
Born August 20, 1948 in Boston, he was the son of the late John A. D. and
Marjorie (Kelley) MacLennan. He was raised in Winthrop and attended St
John the Evangelist grammar school and was a graduate of Boston College
High School. He continued his education at Salem State College, receiving
a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. At Salem, he met his future wife
Kathleen. Following graduation, he was employed at Kemper Insurance as an
appraiser in the Auto Claims Division. When Kemper formed a new company,
Arbella Mutual Foundation, he remained on board until his retirement four
years ago, leaving as a business analyst.
Jack had many interests – cars, reading, genealogy, and music of all
types, from Irish folk to hard rock to country. He was a diehard Patriots
fan and had attended many games back in the early years at Nickerson
Field. He loved technology of all types, his laptop, his kindle, his cell
phone and his iPad. His greatest love was his family.
In addition to his wife Kathy as they approached fifty years of marriage,
he is survived by their sons, Geoffrey MacLennan of Ipswich, Kevin
MacLennan and his wife Nicole of Westborough, and Neal MacLennan of
Danvers, and grandchildren Finn and Callum of Ipswich and twins Kiera and
Liam of Westborough. He is also survived by sisters Marjorie O’Connell and
her husband Robert of Brighton, and Marilyn Cooper and her husband Shel of
Holliston, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
His funeral service will be held 11 am Thursday June 13 in the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends
are cordially welcomed. Visiting hours will be Wednesday 5 to 8pm.
Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to
the WEEI Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon, presented by the Arabella Mutual
which happens to occur this year on Jack’s birthday.
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