John (Jack) J. Malaby, 73, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Nov. 30.
He was born on Aug. 17, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1954, his family moved to Long Island, N.Y., where he spent a somewhat idyllic youth. Jack was active in sports, particularly soccer and baseball, and was a youth coach for basketball. He loved shop class, where he attained some notoriety in his junior year when he constructed a kayak that he frequently launched in the bays of Long Islands southern shore. He was a hard worker who held multiple jobs throughout his high school years.
Jack graduated from Hicksville High School in 1963 and attended Kent State University in Ohio. In 1965, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served in New York City and later in Kodiak, Alaska. In 1968, he married Eileen McGreevy of Hicksville, N.Y. In 1970, Jack and Eileen moved to Portland, Ore., where he attended Portland State University.
In 1974, Jack was divorced and moved back east to Stone Harbor, N.J., where he worked as a bartender. Jack was somewhat renowned for making the world’s best Bloody Mary. He worked at Hahn’s Restaurant and he was the player coach for multiple seasons for their championship Island League softball team. It was in Stone Harbor that he discovered his love for writing. His love of the ocean kept him in Stone Harbor until 1989.
In 1989, he came to Maine to help his brother Rich build a home for his family. And he never left. He worked at numerous jobs throughout the area: KidsPeace, Sumner High School, EBS, Walmart and the Crocker House Inn.
Jack was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Flyers fan who could and would talk sports with anyone — and frequently did. Jack made friends wherever he went.
He was also a conspiracy theorist — another issue upon which he was comfortable expounding.
Jack was a thoughtful and kind brother, and a wonderful uncle to all 11 nieces and nephews. He is survived by three brothers and one sister: Richard and his wife, Elizabeth, of Hancock and their three children, Richard and his wife, Karalyn, Megan and William; Robert Malaby and his wife, Cori, of Huntington, N.Y., and their six children Sadie, Molly, Robbie, Kent, Pierce and Reed; Guy Malaby and his wife, Mary Lynn, of Mendham, N.J.; Brenda (Malaby) Lawn and her husband, Scott, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., and their two daughters Jordan and Madison.
To celebrate Jack’s life, a gathering will be held at the Crocker House Inn at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. Friends are invited to join in the celebration of Jack’s life and to share their memories.