John D. “Jack” Bridges 85 of Old Orchard Beach, died Thursday June 21, 2018 at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Scarborough with is loving family by his side.
He was born December 2, 1932 a son of Forrest and Agatha (Curley) Bridges. Jack made the decision to leave high school after his junior year and enlist in the United States Air Force on April 28, 1950 Jack proudly went on to serve until his retirement on 1 August 1971.
Jack married Gloria LaBrecque on July 7, 1956 at ST Margaret’s Church in Old Orchard Beach.
While serving during the Vietnam War, he received many awards and honors, including the Sharp Shooter and Bronze Star Medal in 1962, as well as the Air Force Commendation Medal. Jack retired with the Rank of Technical Sergeant. He also had the accomplishment of completing his GED, which is something that he had always wanted to do after leaving high school early.
After retirement he returned home to Maine and worked in the Portsmouth, NH Post Office where he would spend the next 25 years.
Jack was a 30-year member of the Knights of Columbus, a Saco Eagles member and Past Commander and Treasure of VFW post 7997 in Old Orchard Beach. He enjoyed challenging his two sons-in law, Ron and Steve, to frequent games of pool at the VFW. Jack also liked playing cards and cribbage, and he was an avid Baltimore Orioles fan. Still, to this day, he enjoys following the Orioles and reading the box scores in the morning while having his breakfast.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Gloria and son Joseph Bridges and his brother Patrick Bridges.
son Mark Bridges and his fiancée Donna of ME,
daughter’s Mona Gendron and her husband Steve of Biddeford
Monica Hankel and her husband Ron of OOB
Grand children Candice, Sean and Ian Bridges
Great grandson Camden Harris
Brother Steve Bridges of Texas
Sister Agatha Derepentigny of ME
And several nieces and nephews
Visiting Hours will 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25 2018 at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Meeting directly at St Margret’s Church in Old Orchard Beach. Burial will be in St Mary’s cemetery in Biddeford. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com.