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John “Jack” Corrado, 82 of Portsmouth, NH, formally of East Boston, MA, Lynn, MA & Georgetown, MA; loving, devoted & beloved husband of Dorothy “Dotty” (Caruso) Corrado of Portsmouth, passed away on January 8, 2024, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital surrounded by his family. Born in East Boston, MA on March 15, 1941, he was the loving & devoted son of the late John & Amelia (Delisio) Corrado. He was raised in East Boston and attended East Boston schools until he moved to Lynn, MA in his Senior year. He graduated with honors from Lynn English High School in 1958. After graduation in 1959, he joined the Air Force. In 1959 & 1964 he attended Yale University Institute of Far Eastern Languages to study Mandarin Chinese and graduated 2nd in his class, both times with High Honors, as a Chinese Linguist. He served a total of 8 years in the US Air Force Security Service as a Chinese interpreter/translator and flew numerous missions. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1968. He continued on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1970. He met Dotty in 1967, and they were married 2 days after he graduated from the University of Massachusetts and they were married on June 14, 1970, and shared 53 years of marriage.
Jack & his family resided in Lynn, MA until they moved to Georgetown, MA in 1976. He proved his God-given handyman skills by taking on the huge task of building a home for his family, without any previous home building experience. It was truly a labor of love and literally “The House That Jack Built.” Jack worked as a Systems Analyst for the Mass. Division of Employment Security. After 31 years of service, he retired and made his home in Portsmouth NH in 2002.
He enjoyed playing the guitar, rooting for the Red Sox and Patriot teams, coin collecting, metal detecting, scuba diving and flying model airplanes. He was an expert marksman and earned his brown belt in Judo. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed performing magic tricks at school, church functions and children’s parties, as well as, doing talks on China at elementary schools for his family and friends. He loved to cook and proved his culinary skills by making his famous Mongolian BBQ for his friends in Georgetown, as well as at the National Night Out, for his condo community at Spinnaker Point in Portsmouth. He amazed the Chinese speaking people that he encountered by his fluency in the Chinese language. He kept up with his Chinese language by meeting with other Mandarin-speaking people for a weekly chat session at the Portsmouth Library. He was happiest when he was with his children & grandchildren, when they would gather in his home for their Italian family dinners, several times a year.
He was Co-Director of St. Mary’s Church People Helping People Program in Georgetown, with his wife Dotty, which they operated from their home for 10 years. They helped many families in need in their community. This program was near and dear to their hearts, and it provided so many heartwarming memories for them to cherish. They felt blessed to be part of such a worthwhile cause. He was an active member of the Georgetown Jaycees for 21 years and held the offices of President and Treasurer at various times. He was also a life member of the Peabody Elks Lodge 1409 and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was a valued blood donor for the Red Cross, as well as, for the Mass State Employment Blood Bank, where he donated a total of 100 pints of blood for which he received a commendation. He was also a volunteer for his Spinnaker Point condo community for 9 years.
He was a communicant of Corpus Christi Parish in Portsmouth NH where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. Jack was a very intelligent good family man with a big heart, who had great faith, and would always put his family before himself. He was a big kid at heart and loved telling jokes & kidding around. He will be sadly missed by everyone who was privileged to know and love him.
Special thanks to the Rockingham VNA for the care they gave to Jack, and to Chris Oullette and Meghan Smith, his wonderful, caring nurses & friends. Also, heartfelt thanks to his beloved son, John and Heather, for going above and beyond to help him & Dotty during his many health challenges.
He is survived by his devoted wife Dotty of Portsmouth, NH; his 4 beloved children, daughter, Gina Thomas and her husband Darrell of Burbank, CA; son, John Corrado and Heather Merrill of Nashua, NH; daughter, Tanya Furillo and her husband Brad of Schertz, Texas; daughter, Carla Beck and her husband James of Chester, NH; his 7 precious grandchildren; Joseph, Sophia, & twins; Colton & Hudson Beck, Micah Wheeler & twins; Atlas & Meridian Furillo; his sister Helen Scoppettuolo of Revere MA, his brother-in-law John Modini of Peabody, and many loving nieces & nephews. Jack is preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth Dickerson and Mary Pittorino; his brother Joseph Corrado; his brother-in laws; Angelo Pittorino & Joseph Scoppettuolo & sister-in law; Marie Modini.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on January 16, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church of Corpus Christi Parish, 98 Summer St. Portsmouth, NH. Visitation will be held on January 15, 2024, 4-8 PM at Conte-Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant St. Georgetown, MA. Burial will follow the funeral mass at Calvary Cemetery, 990 Middle Rd. (NH Route 33 Portsmouth NH.) For funeral home directions, florists or to share a memory of Jack with his family, please visit www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com