Danvers — John Richard “Jack” Coombs, 82, died peacefully, Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with Mesothelioma. He is survived by Lois Ann Coombs and their ten children.
Born in Peabody on December 9, 1929, he was the son of the late Alfred and Rita (Nelson) Coombs. John was a 1948 graduate of Peabody High and excelled as a three sport athlete in hockey, football and baseball. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1948 and served on the USS Wasp in the Korean War as a Certified Interior Communication Specialist and Electrician 3rd Class. John received an Honorable Discharge from the US Naval Receiving Station in 1952.
Jack had an illustrious career working for New England Telephone Company/NYNEX from 1956-1988 where he developed and maintained special friendships.
Jack enjoyed playing the piano especially family sing-a-longs, bowling, skiing at Sunday River, camping in the Starcraft pop-up, and taking day trips to visit family and friends. Jack aka “Mr. Coombs” was a permanent fixture at Lindsey Playground playing softball with neighborhood children and his family. It was not uncommon for Jack to invite every child in the neighborhood for a dip in “his pool.” Many cold mornings Jack could be seen loading the Suburban with ice skates and sleds and heading either to Kelleher’s Pond, MDC ice rinks, or Sullivan’s Hill. He was a die-hard New England sports fan and took great pride in bringing his young children to Fenway Park for doubleheaders in the bleachers. Jack was known to jump in his car and travel to visit family members throughout New England. He also loved spending summer days, body surfing and relaxing with his children at Good Harbor Beach and grabbing ice cream. He never had to buy his own because there were always “enough” licks to go around. Above all, Jack was a loving, proud and devoted father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and neighbor.