In Memoriam: John E. "Jack" Rice


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death June 4 of former employee John E. “Jack” Rice in Taunton, MA, after a lengthy illness. He was 80.

Born in Taunton to the late John and Catherine (Casey) Rice, he lived in the city most of his life. He graduated from Coyle High School in 1943. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Air Force OSI, serving with the Air Force for 30 years before retiring in 1974.

John began his employment at the Institution in 1974 where he worked as a security guard.  "John was meticulous when performing his rounds and was very detailed when reporting any incident.  He was a real gentleman with a wonderful smile and thoroughly enjoyed serving the needs of WHOI employees throughout his career." said Ernie Charette.  John retired in 1992.

He was a member of the American Legion; Association of former OSI Special Agents Inc., Veterans of Foreign Wars, AmVets, Retired Enlisted Association, Air Force Sergeants Association, Falmouth Lodge of Elks and Disabled American Vets.

He is survived by his sisters, Mary C. Perry and Evelyn A. Rice, both of Taunton; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Edward Rice.

His funeral will be at 9 a.m. June 8 at the O’Keefe-Wade Funeral Home followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Taunton. Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. June 7. Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to St. Vincent DePaul, 19 Kilmer Ave. Taunton, MA, 02780, or Old Colony Hospice, One Credit Union Way, Randolph, MA, 02365.


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