Jack Emerson Post, December 22, 1920 - January 12, 2020.
Jack Emerson Post, formerly of Granby, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at the age of 99 on January 12, 2020.
Born in Washington Court House, Ohio to parents Virgil and Athel, Jack graduated from Central High School in Columbus in 1939. From 1942-1944 he was enlisted in the Eighth Air Force and based at Kimbolton Airfield in England during WWII. He was a proud member of the 379th Bombardment Group, 527th Squadron, as Radio Operator and Gunner in the B17, ‘Polly’. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and was the last surviving member of his crew, speaking frequently over the years about his twenty-five missions flown over Europe during the war.
Jack went on to receive a B.S. from Trine University, later working as an aeronautical engineer at the Launch Operations Center at Cape Canaveral, Babcock and Wilcox, North American-Rockwell, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Kaman, Sikorsky, and Pratt Whitney.
Jack lived with his wife Ellen in Granby for over forty years, raising a multitude of pets from cats, and dogs, to chickens, rabbits, horses and a sheep.
Upon retirement, Jack continued working part-time to keep busy and his
mind sharp until he was 88, when he decided on his own to stop driving and actually retire.
He was happiest working around his old farmhouse, camping on the Cape, vacationing in Sedona, Arizona and taking long road trips with his family.
An avid sports fan, Jack closely followed the Ohio State Buckeyes, New England Patriots and UConn Women’s basketball teams, trying to never miss watching a game. Nothing made him as happy as seeing his beloved Boston Red Sox finally win the World Series Championship in 2004, and subsequently three more times in following years.
Jack is predeceased by first wife, Jean Dohrman, who passed away in 1953 and by Ellen Yerian, to whom he was married for forty-four years before her passing in 2000. He is also predeceased by parents Virgil and Athel Post, brother Robert Post, sister in law Marguerite DiMenna and nephew Douglas Post.
Jack's small, close knit family meant the world to him and he will be forever missed by his daughter Janet Post (Philadelphia, PA), son Kevin Post (Saugus, MA), daughter Christy Murphy (Ellington, CT) and grandson Dillon Murphy. Jack is also survived by his nephew Robert Post and wife Jackie (Lithopolis, OH) and Marty Post (Columbus, OH) and children Steffan and Rosemary.
His family would like to thank the wonderful staff of The Reservoir in West Hartford, Connecticut for their loving care of him over the last five years.
Services will be private and a military interment will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts later this year.