In Memory

Jack (John) Nunes

Jack (John) Nunes

go to bottom 
  Post Comment

07/02/24 04:24 PM #1    

Ray Ferreira

I have known Jack Nunes since 1957 (Lincoln Elem. School, New Bedford, MA).  I received a phone call today from his wife Betty.  She said that Jack passed away, peacefully at home, on Saturday, June 29, 2024.  Jack had been with home Hospice since June 6, 2024.  Jack was a fun guy, and a good friend to all who knew him.

Before he took ill, Jack used to deliever "meals-on-wheels" to the elderly in his California area every Tuesday - rain or shine.  He would meet monthly with his group "the Romeo's" (really old men eatiing out) (LOL)  He was a real character.  He fought the cancer as long as he could.  For the past few months, I was calling him 2 or 3 times a week - he knew he was ill but never complained.

Rest in Peace Jack.  We are all going to miss you at the next NBHS Class of 1965 Reunion.

++++++  (see Obituary below)

John “Jack” Nunes passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side, after an extended battle with cancer.  Jack won the fight when Jesus Christ took him to his true home on June 29, 2024.  Jack was born on October 7, 1947 in New Bedford, Massachusetts to Joao Nunes, an immigrant from Madeira Island Portugal, and Mary Nunes a New Bedford resident.  

After attending Boston Conservatory School of Music, Jack moved to New Mexico, where he earned a Masters in Administration and Education.  He taught school for several years in New Mexico, before becoming a district manager with Mac Tools, and moving to Washington State.  Jack met his wife Betty in Washington, and they were married on April 4, 1987 at Immaculate Conception Church, in Lihue, Hawaii. The couple moved to California in 1988, where Jack pursued a career in teaching with Sacramento City Unified School District for 21 years.  Jack taught math at Fern Bacon Middle School, and it was truly a passion for him. After retiring in 2009, Jack enjoyed teaching math to adults at Heald Business College for several years. 

Jack was a parishioner of St. Joachim Catholic church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He lived his faith quietly, with actions and a deep love for helping people in need.  Jack delivered Meals on Wheels for 10 years once he retired. 

Jack enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and horseback riding. He adored pets, especially his beloved kitties.  He loved Hawaii, particularly Kauai, and was blessed to vacation there many times.  Jack also enjoyed spending hours in his woodshop, crafting beautiful pieces.  He loved telling jokes and getting people to laugh, and winning at countless games of scrabble.  Jack had a loyal heart, and maintained many life-long relationships with childhood friends.  He also enjoyed frequent lunches with his ROMEO Group (Retired Old Men Eating Out).

Jack is survived by his wife Betty, his children Desiree Beckett, and Jon (Jenny) Nunes, and grandsons Tiiler Nunes and Liam Beckett.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Faye and Esther, and a brother who died at birth.  

The Rosary and visitation will be Monday, July 15 at 6:30 PM at St. Joachim Catholic Church, 13392 E. Lockeford Ranch Road, Lockeford, CA 95237. 

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joachim’s Tuesday, July 16 at 9 AM, with internment to follow at Galt-Arno Cemetery, 14180 Joy Dr., Galt, CA  95632.  Guests are invited to wear Hawaiian attire and brightly colored clothing.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Unbound Scholarship Fund at

The mass can be livestreamed at

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John "Jack" Nunes, please visit Tribute Store


07/02/24 10:19 PM #2    

Kathleen Conway (Hickman)

Jack (John) Nunes a good friend to many Rest with the Angels We will miss you at the next New Bedford High School Reunion Class of 1965

07/03/24 07:55 AM #3    

Antone Ponte

John was another of the ROTC gang.  We stayed in touch thru facebook.  Always a smile and a funny story to tell.  As of all of us age we stop to remember the people who were the fun to be with. Hopefully we will meet when we are called to the home in heaven.  Rest in peace until we see you again.

07/04/24 10:09 AM #4    

Robert Costa

Sorry to hear of Jack's passing.  He was a stand-up guy whom I remember from our time together in band.  RIP

go to top 
  Post Comment