John E. "Jack" Cullity Jr., 73, died Feb. 4, 2021, from complications associated with Parkinson's disease.
He was born in Manchester on March 30, 1947, the son of John E. "Jack" Cullity Sr. and Mary (Linehan) Cullity, and was a lifelong Queen City resident. He grew up the oldest of six siblings on Manchester's East Side and graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in 1965. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from St. Anselm College in 1969 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Jack owned and operated the Cullity Insurance Agency in Manchester for more than three decades, taking great pride in running his own business and serving the needs of his many loyal clients and several longtime employees. He was a tireless supporter of St. Anselm College, receiving the President's Award in 2005 and regularly attending Mass at the Abbey. He was also an accomplished golfer who won the Derryfield Country Club championship in 1975 and scored two holes-in-one during his lifetime. He was an active member of the Manchester Country Club for more than 50 years.
Family was most important to Jack. He married Manchester native Elaine (Senneville) Cullity in 1970 and together they enjoyed a wonderful, loving relationship and raised two sons, Michael and Daniel. Jack wholeheartedly embraced his roles as a husband and father and served as a true role model for both of his sons. Jack and Elaine enjoyed vacationing with their sons on Rye Beach, where Jack was an enthusiastic body surfer, and at Lake Winnipesaukee, where he enjoyed exploring the lake in his boat. Sadly, Elaine lost her battle with cancer in 2004. To mark the one-year anniversary of Elaine's passing, Jack organized a family trip to Ireland, the home of his ancestors.
Jack was blessed to meet and fall in love with Cathy Duffy Cullity, and they married in 2008. In his later years he was the beloved patriarch of a large blended family. He treasured his relationships with his sons and their wives, and embraced his role as a stepfather to Cathy's two children, Erica and Michael. Jack was close with all of his siblings, and he and Cathy took great pleasure in hosting family and friends at their Manchester home, with many a summer day spent enjoying company by their backyard swimming pool. He was filled with pride and joy as he watched his 11 grandchildren interacting.
Surviving family members include his wife, Cathy; son Mike and his wife, Bethany Earls; son Dan and his wife, Alison; stepdaughter Erica Grenker and her husband, Adam; stepson Michael Weber and his wife, Allison; and grandchildren Stella Cullity, Shane Cullity, Julia Cullity, Deirdre Cullity, Grant Cullity, Maya Ritchie, Sophia Ritchie, Max Weber, Finley Weber, Zoe Grenker and Ian Grenker. He is also survived by three sisters, Cathleen Manning and husband Chuck; Barbara Guinan and husband Mike; and Maureen Cullity; two brothers, Bill Cullity and wife Roberta; and Brian Cullity and wife Lynn; sister-in-law Joan Lessard and husband Joseph; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Due to the current pandemic, a funeral Mass and burial will be private. A plan for a celebration of Jack's life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's memory to St. Anselm College, Class of 1969 Memorial Scholarship Fund, 100 St. Anselm Dr., Manchester 03102.
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester, is assisting with arrangements. To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.lambertfuneralhome.com.