It is with deep sadness that I convey to you that +Deacon Jack Pierce died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. He was ordained in 1986 and served in the Diocese of Palm Beach. After his retirement, he moved down in the Florida Keys and served faithfully with us here at St. Peter for many years.
The arrangements for his funeral and burial are as follows:
Tuesday, November 26, 2019:
1 p.m. — Viewing & Fellowship
2 p.m. — Funeral Mass
St. Peter Church, Pavilion Chapel 31300 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Wednesday, November 27, 2019:
1 p.m. — Burial Service (c/o The Office of Permanent Diaconate, Diocese of Palm Beach)
Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery 10941 Southern Blvd, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
Let us pray for the eternal repose of +Deacon Jack and the consolation of his family especially of his wife, Alice.
May the soul of +Deacon Jack and all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
+Deacon John (Jack) Pierce Obituary
Deacon Jack died peacefully after many years of heart decease. He is preceded in death by his beloved daughter Victoria Lynn Pierce Davenport. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Alice of (65) years, two sons, John Jr. (Sheryl), Scott (Tracey) five grandchildren, Austin Davenport (Brianna), Ashley Love (Brandon), Marcus Pierce (Brittany), Evan Pierce (Kaitlan), Kelsey Pierce, two great granddaughters McKenzie and Madisyn Love, one great grandson Callan Pierce and son-in-law W. Joseph Davenport (Maria). Also, two sisters, Betty Glass, Suzanne Hirsch and many nephews and nieces and their families.
Jack was very proud of his service in the U.S. Marine Corps and being a Viet Nam veteran. He was equally proud of his two sons who were both in the military. John Jr who was in the U. S. Marine Corps and Scott who retired from the U. S. Air Force as a Major.
He loved to make people laugh and with his quick-witted nature, he had no problem doing that with anyone he encountered.
His wife Alice always said he had a need for speed, since he had motorcycles most of his adult life, as well as getting his private pilot license when he was 25 years old and got his U.S. Coast Guard Captains license when he was 67 years old. He loved the water and was always happy when he could get out to the reef on his boat. He loved to fish, especially with his wife Alice, who usually out fished him but, due to his declining health, he hadn’t done much fishing in the last year.
He was ordained to the diaconate for the Diocese of Palm Beach in 1986. He loved helping people who were looking for spiritual guidance. He officiated at many weddings and baptisms at his assignments at St. Thomas More parish in Boynton Beach, Emmanuel parish in Delray Beach and St. Rita parish in Wellington, Fl. He officiated at numerous wake services and burials especially when he was the administrator at Our Lady Queen of Peace cemetery in Royal Palm Beach, Fl., where he will be buried.
He and Alice moved to the Florida Keys in 2004 and he was assigned to San Pablo parish in Marathon and St. Peter parish in Big Pine Key since 2008.
His wake service will be held at St. Peter parish in Big Pine Key, 1:00PM followed by Mass at 2:00PM, 26 Nov 2019. His burial will be at Our Lady Queen of Peace cemetery in Royal Palm Beach, FL at 1:00PM, 27 Nov 2019.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the rebuilding of St. Peter Church destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017 (31300 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043). Deacon Jack loved his St. Peter parish family where he last served his diaconate ministry.