John P. "Jack" Concannon, 82, former First Justice at South Boston District Court, died Saturday, August 13.
He leaves his beloved wife of 42 Years, Janice M. (Monahan) Concannon; three sons, John Concannon of South Boston, Mark Concannon and his wife Julie, of Ridgewood, N.J., and Patrick Concannon and his wife Julie, of Scituate; two sisters, Patricia Concannon of Harwich and Claire O'Connor and her husband Joseph of Mashpee; four grandchildren, Owen, Caroline, Grace and Benjamin; and cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. He is preceded in death by his sister Margaret Concannon and parents Patrick Concannon and Katherine (Hamilton) Concannon.
Judge Concannon grew up in the Neponset neighborhood of Dorchester, lived in Milton and Braintree, and retired to Cape Cod. He graduated from Boston College High School in 1947, Tilton School in 1948, and College of the Holy Cross in 1952.
Judge Concannon was captain of the Holy Cross 1952 NCAA championship baseball team, during which season he handled 85 plays at shortstop without an error and only had two errors for the season. He was thereafter signed by the Boston Braves and spent four years in professional baseball, concluding his career in 1955 in the Mexican League. Judge Concannon was inducted into the Boston College High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 based upon his baseball accomplishments.
He attended Boston University Law School while playing professional baseball, graduating in 1955. From 1956 through 1958 he acted as a member of the U.S. Army Contract Review Agency. After his army service, he practiced admiralty law as an attorney in Boston prior to a successful political campaign to serve as Clerk of Courts, Norfolk County, unseating an incumbent. He thereafter served as Norfolk County Clerk of Courts from 1965-1982.
In 1982 he was appointed Associate Justice Boston Juvenile Court, and was later appointed Justice South Boston District Court in 1983. He served as a judge at South Boston District Court from 1983-1997, when he retired from the bench as First Justice.
Judge Concannon was a member of the Milton School Committee from 1964 to 1967. He coached American Legion baseball in Milton and served as the Director of the Milton Babe Ruth program. He was the President of the Association of Clerks and Assistant Clerks of the Supreme and Superior Courts from 1966-1970, President of the Bar Association of Norfolk County 1975-1976, and appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court as Chairman of Massachusetts Judicial Record Committee in 1976.
He will be warmly remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Church in Harwich and volunteered at the local Councils on Aging with the Meals-on-Wheels program.
Funeral services will be held at Holy Trinity Church, 246 Main Street (Rte. 28), West Harwich, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 18. Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Doane, Beal & Ames funeral home (www.doanebealames.com), 260 Main Street, West Harwich. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Family Pantry, 133 Queen Anne Rd., Harwich, MA 02645 (www.thefamilypantry.com) or Society of St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 682, West Harwich, MA 02671.