May 20, 1938 - March 22, 2014
Anthony Joseph “Jack” Malaquias Jr. 75, of Norton, MA passed away on March 22nd, 2014.
Jack was born at New England Hospital in Boston, MA on May 20th, 1938 to Anthony Malaquias Sr. originally from Provincetown MA, and Nina (Newton) Malaquias originally of Middleboro MA. He was baptized at the Church of St. Peter the Apostle in Provincetown MA, on June 24th 1938.His father and mother lived in Provincetown MA at the time of his birth where his father was a fisherman. Anthony Sr. was very proficient in his craft, and was known by his friends for his speed and skill filleting fish, earning him the nickname Jack the Ripper, it was from this nickname that Anthony Jr. became known on the docks as “Little Jack”, so Jack became the moniker he would use for the rest of his life.
Jack Graduated from Gloucester High School in 1956, but not before he had met the love of his life. He married Judith Fay Belanger in Gloucester MA on May 27th, 1961. “We drove off in a 1959 Ford Fairlane Skyliner!“ he would tell the story. On July 20th, 1964 the first of Jack and Judy’s children, Lisa Ruth Malaquias was born, not long after the second of Jack and Judy’s children, Brenda Michelle Malaquias was born July 11th, 1969.
Career– Jack’s career began in Gloucester, MA where he started working as a silk screener. After five years, Jack decided he wanted to get a job in the big city. He interviewed at Apahouser Corporation of New England, but they didn’t have any printing jobs. Out of the blue, they asked if he would be interested in a position in the purchasing department. He had absolutely no experience, but decided he had nothing to lose, so he took the job! This decision would form the basis of his lifelong career. He spend four years there learning everything he could, and from there he took a job at Hunt memorial Hospital in Danvers MA. This lead to his appointment in 1979 as Director of Materials Management for Altanticare Medical Center in Lynn, MA where he earned the prestigious Purchasing Director of the Year award from the Hospital Association of Massachusetts. In 1987 he was offered and accepted a position as assistant director of Group Purchasing at Vector Health Sytems, a shareholder of Amerinet, Inc. where he retired as Director of Group Purchasing.
Real Life– Life is more than work and of course all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! Jack enjoyed his time outside the office more than anything. One the gifts that he loved to share with the world was his gift of music. He took lessons and learned to play violin, by the time he got to high school he taught himself to play tuba, and became the Drum Major for the school band. Using his knowledge of the tuba, he taught himself to play the guitar, bass guitar, bass harmonica, and any instrument he decided he wanted to play. He was a member of several bands, including The Joe Pal Quartet, Three Kings and a Jack, and the Harmonichords, where they traveled internationally playing harmonica music. Jack enjoyed candlepin bowling and won fame as the candlepin champion. He also bowled a Sunnyside Bowl-a-Drome alley record 452 in three strings. A sports love later in life was golf. He was on the corporate golf team for Vector, where he enjoyed playing at several PGA courses.
Excuse me waiter, this menu is in Greek! Oh, never mind, it’s upside down…Another of Jack’s gifts was humor. He used this gift in another hobby later in his life in the theater. He auditioned for his first role on an actual stage (because anyone who knew Jack knew he was quick to tell a joke or act the fool for a good laugh anytime) in 1996. Of course he got the part! He played several roles, including Senex in the show “Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol”, and Lt. Rooney in “Arsenic and Old Lace”
Family– Jack is survived by his brother David, daughter Lisa and husband James Domagalski, and their children Victoria 19 and Alexander 16, daughter Brenda and husband Scott Cottrell and their son Aidan.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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