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John "Jack" Halas
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    P.O. Box 849168
    Boston, MA 02284-9168

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“I love you Jack, I miss you! Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Rest in Peace, until we meet again! ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: Amelia Halas - Malden, MA

“I can't believe a year has gone by. You are missed every day. Luv you, Jack ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: Dottie Crone - Billerica, MA

“Jack was a great guy. We knew him from the Air Force at both Monterey and Japan. God keep you close! ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: alicen-j. McGowan - riverwoods, IL

“I'm just finding out about this now,and I just want to pass along my condolences. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: FRANK BERNARD - Chelsea, MA

“Several days have passed but my heart still aches... I hear your big laugh, i see that toothless grin, and i hear you complaining about the Red Sox.....Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Dottie - sister

“Clara, I am so sorry to hear about Jackie's passing.I will always remember him as a greatballplayer and loving son.Please give my condolences to his...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Paul Ebert - Myrtle Beach, SC

“I know Jackie right about know, is playing wiffle ball with his Dad and Uncle Henry ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Kanclerowicz

“Clearly he was a wonderful man and role model. Unfortunately for me, I didn't know Jack. I just wanted to express my condolences to you all. I'm...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Elaine Gleason

“So sad , to find out from many, surely a great true , VET, SPORTSMAN, AND A ,GREAT, Son , Brother, Father,/Grandfather. ,GOD BLESS ' ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Albert J Janiak - Kissimmee, FL

“To Amelia, Jennifer & Jackie, thinking of you at this difficult time. We remember all of the good times we had together with fondness. Our prayers...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“As a man of the same age, and a fellow Vietnam Vet. I had the privilege of working at the PO, with this fine, outstanding man. Rest In Peace, Jack. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: DJ Cyr - MA

“Donation made to The Jimmy Fund in memory of Jackie. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Steve Kanclerowicz - San Antonio, TX

“You were a good man Jackie Halas! ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Steve Kanclerowicz - San Antonio, TX

“To Clara and the Ashley Family,Our sincere condolences over the loss of John. Although our paths seldom crossed, we couldn't have asked for a nicer...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“From just hanging around Orange St. and Ward Four...delivering papers, or games at Carter Park...to eating burgers in the Celtics clubhouse after...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Skip Welsh - Old Friend


HALAS, John M. "Jack"- Of Chelmsford, formerly of Chelsea, unexpectedly, April 17th. Devoted husband of Amelia (Lopez). Beloved son of Clara B. (Kanclerowicz) of Chelmsford and the late John I. Halas. Loving father of Jennifer D'Amico and her husband Mark of Bedford, NH and John V. Halas of Malden. Brother of Diane Halas of Temple, NH, Dorothy Crone of Billerica and Elizabeth Ashley of Chelmsford. Lovingly survived by his grandchildren, Victoria, Richard, William and Eva D'Amico as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, CHELSEA on Thursday, April 23rd at 10 AM. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4-8 PM. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Late United States Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War. Expressions of sympathy in Jack's name may be made to the Jimmy Fund-Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

Born and raised in Chelsea, Jack at 66 years of age passed away unexpectedly at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston late Friday evening from complications from a stroke he suffered 3 days earlier. A graduate of St. Rose Elementary School and Dominic Savio High School, class of 1966, Jack entered the United States Air Force in 1968 doing his basic training in Monterey, California. Upon completion of Chinese language school from Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas he was deployed to Yokota Air Force Base in Japan as a member of the 6988th Security Squadron which was responsible for intercepting communications during flights over China. After serving his country, being honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1972, John returned home to begin working for Barry Controls for the next 20 years. In 1996 he took a position with the United States Postal Service and for the following 15 years until his retirement in 2011 worked as a clerk at the South Postal Annex in Boston. Known for his athletic abilities during High School years and on, he was a member of the Chelsea Fast Pitch Softball League and was inducted into the Dominic Savio Hall of Fame in 1998. In addition, Jack was heavily involved in the lives of Chelsea's youth as a coach in Little League baseball, youth baseball and basketball, and as an assistant basketball coach at Chelsea High School under Jack Niven. Devoted to his family, especially his grandchildren, he was an avid Boston sports fan.

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