Gloucester — John F. Montoni, age 59, loving husband of Maryjane (Hojnowski) Montoni, died Saturday morning, December 15, 2012, at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Jack was born in Chelsea, the loving son of Elizabeth M. (Famico) Montoni of Salem and the late Richard "Chick" Montoni of Beverly. He graduated from Salem High and went on to Cleveland Chiropractic School in Los Angeles, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Following graduation, Jack worked at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital before opening long-standing practices in California and Massachusetts.
Jack lived in Gloucester with his family where he was active in wildlife and marine conservation efforts. With a great interest in natural sciences, he spent much of his time outdoors; he enjoyed fishing, boating, and clam digging. Jack was also an accomplished artist. He was a student of Robert "Sidewalk Sam" Guillemin, served as president of the Swampscott Art Society at Marion Court, and was the recipient of many awards, including the Winsor & Newton Certificate of Achievement, the Tom Kleinman Award, the Marian Court Award, and the Bill Antrim Award.
Surviving him, in addition to his loving wife of 37 years and mother, are his three adoring children, Kimberly Montoni of Boston, Shane Montoni of San Diego and Kayla Montoni of Boston; one brother and one brother- in-law, Richard Montoni and his wife, Andrea of Great Falls, Va. and John Hojnowski of Salem; three sisters, Elizabeth “Beth” Montoni of Salem, Mary Jane Thomas and her husband, Jon of Beverly, Robin Montoni and her husband, Ed Hendrich of Bradford, Linda Clure and her husband, James of Castle Rock, Colo; and his nieces and nephews, Derek and Richard Thomas, Amber Barter, Kaitlyn Clure, Lucas Montoni and Robby Hojnowski.
Through his selfless nature, warm heart and compassionate spirit, Jack greatly, yet silently, enriched the lives of those around him. He lived a life dedicated to giving and making dreams and wishes come true. And so, the family humbly requests that any donations be made to the Make a Wish Foundation in his name.
ARRANGEMENTS: Jack's funeral will be held on Thursday, December 20, at 9:15 a.m. from the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St. (cor of North St.) Salem, to be followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. James Church, 156 Federal St., Salem. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Vistiting hours will be on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. For online guest book or additional information please call 978-744-0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.