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ROCKPORT - John S. 'Jack' McCormick, Jr., 84, quietly slipped the bonds of this life, at his home early Wednesday, December 2, 2015, following an extended illness.

Born in Starks, July 26, 1931, he was the son of John S. and Lizzy E. Brackett McCormick.

Educated in local schools, John was a 1949 graduate of Farmington High School and a 1958 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono.

After one semester at UMO, he entered the U.S. Air Force where he served from 1950 to 1953. During his enlistment, he met and fell in love with Dorothy M. 'Suzie' Lamkin. They were married July 8, 1952 at Travis Air Force Base Chapel, Fairfield, CA.

A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Jack was an amazing man who has had many titles in 84 years: Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Papa, Great Grandfather, Surveyor, Pizza Parlor Worker, Real Estate Broker, Tree House Builder, Draftsman in the U.S.A.F., Godfather, Civil Engineer, Student, Uncle, Business Owner, Nephew, Boss, Cousin, State Representative, Friend, School Board Member, Field Stone Fireplace Mason, Bank Director, Ditch Digger, Soda Jerk, Hospital Board Chairman, "Jack" of All Trades, Wheelchair Repairman, World Traveler, Cooked Cheerios Maker, Carpenter, Shop Owner, Classmate, Builder, Toy Maker, Violin Player, Tractor Aficionado, Bartender, Cribbage Player, Farmer, Role Model, Library Worker, Rotarian, Volunteer, Cheerleader, Volunteer Fireman, Veteran and Patriarch.

Other than his parents, Jack was pre-deceased by one son, Kevin James McCormick, June 28, 1963, one grandchild, Tara O'Brien and one sister, Mrs. John Noreen Pillsbury. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Bonny Hadaris and Chris of Saco, John Scott McCormick & Kristin of Fairfax, VA, Patricia Graffam and Scott of Norway, Kathleen O'Brien and Steve of Rockport, Christopher McCormick and Krista of Cooper, Jeffery McCormick and Sherry of Union, Karen Blackwell and Greg of Rockport; two brothers, and their wives, George 'Bud' McCormick and Minnie of Dover-Foxcroft, William 'Ross' McCormick and Rose Mary of New Sharon; one sister, Marie Day of Lakeville Plantation; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., this (Friday) evening, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 5th, at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, Seven Union Street, Camden. The Reverend Richard Malo will officiate. Private interment will follow in West Rockport Cemetery. The McCormick family will greet guests following the committal service, at a celebration of life reception to be held at Hedges Hall at Point Lookout, 67 Atlantic Highway, Northport.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Farmington & Mt. Blue High School Alumni Assoc., Scholarship Fund, P.O.B. 331, Farmington, ME 04938.

To share a memory or story with Jack's family, please visit his Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.
Published on  December 4, 2015
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