Woodstock – John “Jack” Relahan, 87, died at home surrounded by his loved ones on May 27, 2018. He was born on May 20, 1931 in Portland ME, the son of John and Eva Relahan. He grew up in Calais, ME. A Korean war veteran, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 after high school and was stationed on the USS Mississippi, based in Norfolk, VA. He completed his service to the Navy in Cove Springs, FL on shore duty.
Using his G.I benefits, Jack went to school in Boston, MA and was a graduate of the Massachusetts Electronic School. One of his early jobs was as a Quality Control Manager GTI Corporation in Providence, RI which manufactured parts for rockets in the early stages of space exploration. He took great pride in being part of such highly experimental and ground breaking manufacturing. Most recently, he worked in Quality Control for Danco and Moldex before retiring in the early 1990’s.
He was a ham radio operator and avid electronics and computer buff for most of his life. He always had the most up to date electronics of any house on the block, and loved to rebuild computers. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather who loved to read mysteries and anything about the Civil War. His love of quizzing his daughters on state capitals was a tradition that he continued with his grandchildren.
A lover of animals, he was highly allergic to most until the day that his cat Harriet walked into his house and adopted him and his wife, Jill. Harriet was an adoring companion, who was known to lie over his computer keypad at night when she was ready for him to retire for the evening, and would sleep on his pillow each night.
Jack is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Jill; three daughters, Torrey Santerre, Taryn Tomkins, and Sara Relahan, each of Putnam; grandchildren, Dylan, Maxwell, Noah, Jaden, Adam, and Jack; and one great grandchild Kenadee.
Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service with full Military Honors at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Barlow Cemetery, Barlow Cemetery Rd., Woodstock, CT 036281. Donations may be made to NECCOG Animal Services, PO Box 759, Dayville, CT 06241. (860)774-1253. For memorial guestbook, visit www.GilmanandValade.com.