Flooring contractor was MHS graduate


BEVERLY — John F. “Jack” McHale, 74, a 50-year resident of Beverly and formerly of Melrose, entered into eternal life unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Beverly Hospital.

Jack was born in Stoneham on July 10, 1940, a son of the late Francis S. and Muriel C. (Hill) McHale.

He grew up in Melrose where he was educated in the Melrose Public School system and graduated from Melrose High School in 1958.

Jack worked for Hood Milk Company as a milkman for several years and also as a machinist at General Electric Company for several years. Jack began working alongside his brother Fred as a flooring contractor with McHale Tile and Carpeting Company until his retirement.

Jack was a dedicated family man but his passion in life was the Elks Association. He was a longtime member and a 1974 Exalted Ruler for the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge # 1031 in Melrose. He was a two time District Deputy in 1995 and 1997 for the Massachusetts Elks Association and past State President from 2004 to 2005 for the Massachusetts Elks Association.

Jack also dedicated much of his time to the various committees and fund raising activities associated with the Elks on a national level and state level. He was a charter member of Lakeshore Park in Gilford, N.H.

Jack enjoyed boating, skiing and dancing.

Jack was the beloved husband of 47 years to Ginger (Bontorno) McHale. He was the devoted father of Richard A. McHale and his wife Brenda of Seabrook, N.H., Lisa Marie McHale of Saugus and John Brian McHale of Saugus. He was the loving brother of Fred McHale of Melrose, Muriel Campbell of Wakefield and Anne Marie McLean of Medford. He is also survived by grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jack’s funeral on Friday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m. from The Carr Funeral Home, 1159 Main St., Melrose followed by his funeral Mass in the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield at 10 a.m.

Burial will be at St. Mary of the Annunciation Cemetery in Danvers.

Visiting hours were on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 3 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in Jack’s name to The American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., Boston MA 02210.

To send a message of condolence, please visit www.CarrFuneral.com.