Jack “Lefty” Kearns August 21, 1934 - July 4, 2022

Jack “Lefty” Kearns, husband of Nancy Sullivan Kearns and predeceased by E. Patricia (Niles) Kearns, died on July 4, 2022. Father of Eileen Friedland and her husband Steve of Marshfield, Jack Kearns and his wife Colleen of Easton, Brenda Green and Chris of Plymouth, Steven Kearns and his wife Bridget of Quincy, and predeceased by Michael Kearns who is survived by his wife Susan Kearns of Rockland. Father of Charlie Peterson and his wife Jean of Milton, Stephen Peterson and his wife Beth of Milton, Michael Peterson and his wife JoAnne of Milton, and Chris Peterson and his wife Amy of Hudson. Cherished Grandpa of Kevin (deceased), Julia, Michael, Bryan, Sean, Gianna, Mackenzie, Kelsey, Kyle, Bridget, Kaitlyn, Ryan, Andrew, Lauren, Connor, Courtney, Nicole, Sean, Timmy, Casie, Ryan, Max, Olivia (deceased), Natalie, and Brett.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, William and Nora Kearns of Ireland. He was the brother of the late Joanne Shine, Kathleen Guest, Billy Kearns, Jerome Kearns, and Mary Kearns. Jack was also survived and loved by many, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Jack was born in Dorchester, and after graduating from Christopher Columbus High School, was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers. A two year tour in the Korean War preceded his time at Boston University. He retired with the New England Telephone Company, but through it all baseball was Jack’s passion. He was so proud of his career which culminated in a Boston Park League Hall of Fame induction and pitching, lefty of course, to the neighborhood kids at Andrews Park and has been forever known to all as Lefty.

He was the son of a bricklayer and proud of his Irish heritage. Jack was one of the lucky ones to have found love twice. After his first wife Pat passed, he met Nancy and they ultimately became the ‘Brady Bunch” and joined two families into one. Jack and Nancy visited the homestead of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland on their honeymoon in July 1989. “Take Me Home To Mayo” was his theme song and every grandchild knows all the words. He followed his grandchildren to countless baseball, softball, soccer, and hockey games and was known to show up on the putting green too. He was their number one fan.

Jack lived his life to the fullest, spreading jokes along the way. Always with a smile on his face, he had his own language he loved to share which helped him over the past year when his memory fell short: “Bottomline; Not in bad shape for the shape I’m in; Bingo Bango; Hi Jack, don’t say that in an airport; To rest is to Rust; and Aging is mandatory, growing old isn’t” are just a few of his legendary quotes. Jack’s strong Irish Catholic Faith will never be forgotten.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Pius X Church, The Blue Hills Collaborative, 101 Wolcott Rd, Milton Thursday July 7 at 11:00 AM.  Family and friends invited. Visiting hour at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, prior to the mass from 9:00-10:15 AM. Interment Milton Cemetery.

If you choose, donations would be appreciated in Jack’s memory to: The LaSalette Shrine, c/o Rev. John P. Sullivan, P.O. Box 420, Enfield NH 03748 or The Boston Park League, c/o Walt Mortimore, 3 Strathmore Circle, Braintree, MA 02184.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated
Thursday July 7 at 11:00 AM
Family and Friends Invited

Saint Pius X Church
The Blue Hills Collaborative
101 Wolcott Rd
Milton, MA 02186

Visiting Hour
Prior to the Mass Thursday July 7 from 9:00-10:15 AM

Dolan Funeral Home
460 Granite Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

Interment Milton Cemetery.  Veteran of the Korean War US Army.

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    Elizabeth Thomas says

    My dearest Ms. Nancy, my heart breaks for you and family at the loss of your beloved Jack, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Jack on numerous occasions especially on Veterans Day him being the proud Veteran that he was. What a fine gentleman. Ms. Nancy and family please accept our sincere condolences at this sad time as you mourn the loss of your loved one. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers.

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    Harriet Manning says

    Dear Nancy-Sincere condolences to you and all your family members . Harriet Manning

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    Anonymous says

    Dear Nancy,
    Cynthia Lane will never be the same.
    We are so blessed to have had Jack, as a friend and neighbor for so many years His jokes and wonderful sense of humor, will be sadly missed.
    Our Love and sincere sympathy 💕💕💕

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    BILL PERO says

    NANCY AND FAMILY. WE ARE SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR HUSBAND AND DAD. WE HAVE ONLY KNOWN JACK FOR A FEW YEARS,AND ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE TALKING AND LISTENING TO HIM .A GREAT GUY THAT I AM SURE HAS LEFT ALL OF YOU,WITH GREAT MEMORIES. BILL&SUZANNE PERO

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If you choose, donations would be appreciated in Jack’s memory to:

The LaSalette Shrine
c/o Rev. John P. Sullivan
P.O. Box 420
Enfield NH 03748

or

The Boston Park League
c/o Walt Mortimore
3 Strathmore Circle
Braintree, MA 02184