John "Jack" J. Bohan Jr. of Weymouth, MA, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 8th at the age of 94. Jack was born on July 22, 1929 in Boston, and grew up in Roslindale. He was the son of the late John J. and Grace (Hennessy) Bohan. Jack was a graduate of English High School in Boston and a 1951 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Jack earned a B.S. in Engineering from West Point and after his service with the Army was complete he returned to Massachusetts and earned an M.S. in Engineering from M.I.T..Jack was a long-time resident of West Roxbury, where he was a devoted caretaker of his mother, Grace. He also lived in Hull for many years, enjoying spending his time on the water.
Jack received a recreational pilot's license and thoroughly enjoyed flying single engine planes around the Northeastern United States. Jack was always reading and was knowledgeable on a multitude of subjects including engineering, building, and history. Jack had many interesting experiences in his life and loved reminiscing about them. Two of the most remarkable were the following: In 1937 Jack’s class was let out of their elementary school to watch the Hindenburg fly overhead just hours before it exploded in New Jersey; and in 1942, at the age of 13, he and his father went to the site of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub the day after the tragic fire that killed 492 patrons.
Jack is survived by dear friends that became family, Ellen Dawson and Anne Dawson; his sister-in-law, Joyce Bohan of Annapolis, MD; his brother-in-law, Frank Weeks of Sunapee, NH; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Dr. Patricia Weeks, Janice Dawley, Dr. Lawrence Bohan and Eugene Bohan, and close friend Paul Dawson.
Internment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will be at a later date.