John F. "Jack" McGurn

February 21, 1951 ~ August 8, 2021 (age 70)


John F. “ Jack” McGurn, 70, of North Providence, passed away Sunday, August 8, 2021 at the Miriam Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Cheryl A. (Kokoszka) McGurn and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this October.

    Born and raised in the Smith Hill neighborhood of Providence, he was a son of the late William H. and Hope A. (Seddon) McGurn, Sr.

    Jack began his career in the newspaper industry at Smith Hill News, then became manager of Wanskuck News for several years, then became a truck driver for the Providence Journal Company for 45 years of service.

    He served honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.   

    A lifelong sports fan, he was an avid Boston Red Sox supporter, and New England Patriots, but his favorite was watching the North Providence Sports teams, particularly his grandson Bradyn’s baseball team, and how proud he was to see his granddaughter Alexis graduate from James Madison University.

    A communicant of Saint Anthony Church, Jack was a volunteer at the parish Feast, Kitchen Ministry, and drove the bus for the Homeless Shelter.

    In addition to his wife Cheryl, he leaves a son, Derek J. McGurn; a daughter, Kerri Lyn Shadoian; a brother, William H. McGurn, Jr. (Ret PPD) and his wife Eileen; four sisters, MaryAnne Brown, Sheila A. Scetta and her husband Michael, Ann E. “Sugar” Bagian, and Colleen McGurn Simoneau and her husband Butch, (Ret PFD); two loving grandchildren, Alexis Mary McGurn and Bradyn John Shadoian; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a brother of the late Donald J. McGurn, and brother in law of the late Robert D. Brown, (Ret PFD) and George Bagian, (Ret PFD).

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, at 11:00 am, in Saint Anthony Church, 1413 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, to which relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm in the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 331 Smith Street, Providence. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Saint Anthony Kitchen Ministry, 5 Gibbs Street, North Providence, RI 02904 in his memory will be appreciated

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August 12, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Russell J. Boyle and Son Funeral Home
331 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02908

Mass of Christian Burial
August 13, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Anthony Church
1413 Mineral Spring Avenue
North Providence, RI 02904

Please note
Burial will be private.


St. Anthony Kitchen Ministry
5 Gibbs Street, North Providence RI 02904

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