John M. “Jack” Morrissey, 85, longtime Shrewsbury resident, passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Jack was one of eight children born in Worcester, son of Irish immigrants Michael and Julia (O’Donoghue) Morrissey. He graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, Worcester Junior College, and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Jack married the love of his life, Jean A. (Doyle) Morrissey, on November 7, 1964, and settled in Shrewsbury to raise their family. He worked at Smith Valve for over 20 years, Nichols and Stone, and later retired after working for the Town of Shrewsbury.
Growing up on Cambridge Street in Worcester, Jack had a passion for Holy Cross football and all things Boston sports, especially the Red Sox. He was proud of his heritage, loved traditional Irish music, and enjoyed visiting Ireland when he could. Jack was a devout Catholic and a faithful member of St. Mary’s Parish in Shrewsbury. He spent his free time working in the yard and enjoyed gardening with his wife. Above all else, he cherished spending time with his family, and especially, his four grandchildren.
Along with his wife Jean, he leaves his five children, Maureen Morrissey of Southborough, Nancy Wentzell and her husband David of Shrewsbury, Ann Marie Morrissey-Lyons and her husband Sean of Shrewsbury, Patrick Morrissey and his wife Nikki of Southborough, and Brendan Morrissey of Philadelphia; four grandchildren, Sarah Wentzell, Catherine and Michael Morrissey, and Declan Lyons. Jack also leaves his five siblings, his twin sister Ann Petricca of Clinton, Daniel Morrissey of Worcester, Edward Morrissey and his wife Carolann of Connecticut, Joseph Morrissey and his wife Nancy of North Carolina, and Mary Morrissey of Worcester, along with his extended Morrissey and Doyle family. Jack was predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Sheila Smith and Helen Morrissey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Massachusetts chapter of Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA, 02452 (www.alz.org/manh), or the Saint John’s Food for the Poor Program, 20 Temple Street, Worcester, MA 01604 (www.stjohnsfoodforthepoor.org). The Morrissey family would like to thank the Jewish Healthcare Hospice staff for their exceptional care and compassion for Jack in his last days. Due to the pandemic, there will be a private funeral Mass on St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at St. Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury, followed by a private burial at the Mountain View Cemetery.