Beloved longtime Leominster resident John ‘Jack’ E. Hoover III fondly remembered

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Beloved longtime Leominster resident John ‘Jack’ E. Hoover III fondly remembered
Beloved longtime Leominster resident John ‘Jack’ E. Hoover III fondly remembered



LEOMINSTER — The Twin Cities space and past is mourning the latest passing of John “Jack” E. Hoover III, an area icon identified for his love of all issues Halloween and Christmas, automobiles, music and giving again to his beloved hometown neighborhood.
“Jack was beneficiant to a fault,” stated Kathleen DiRusso, a longtime metropolis resident who knew Hoover for 20 years as an everyday at Cornerstone Restaurant the place she labored. “He was heat, loving, sort and beneficiant and will likely be deeply missed.”
Hoover was born on Might 31, 1954, and died on June 13 on the age of 68. He lived in Leominster for over 50 years and owned and operated Halloween Costume World on Water Avenue in neighboring Fitchburg for 25 years earlier than liquidating it in 2014. It was a well-liked spot that attracted those that shared his love of celebrating and adorning for the spooky vacation.
The Twin Cities neighborhood is mourning the June 13 passing of John ‘Jack’ E. Hoover III, pictured right here as Santa Claus on the Christmas celebration downtown Leominster final 12 months. (COURTESY KATHY WALLACE)“I used to be shocked,” stated Mayor Dean Mazzarella of receiving the information by way of textual content from Hoover’s girlfriend Kathy Wallace, “the love of his life,” final Tuesday morning that his pal had handed away.
“I’ve identified him eternally. He was simply with me at Summer season Stroll. We’re each large Christmas guys and we have been exchanging concepts and speaking in regards to the upcoming vacation season. He was actually excited,” Mazzarella added.
Wallace stated she and Hoover knew one another for over 5 many years. They met at a skating get together when she was dwelling in Westminster and dated in highschool for two ½ years whereas she was a pupil at Oakmont Regional Excessive College and he was at Gardner Excessive College.
“We have been one another’s first loves,” she stated, including that Hoover “seemed her up” 30 years in the past however on the time she was married.
“He didn’t wish to intervene, so we didn’t pursue something though I by no means stopped loving him,” Wallace stated.
Quick ahead to a bit over three years in the past when Hoover discovered Wallace on Fb and requested her to return to Leominster so they might speak.
“He requested me to fulfill him at Doyle the place there was a bench you possibly can see from the highway,” Wallace stated. “So, I set my GPS which took me to Doyle Park off Abbott Ave. with a bench there. He was not there so I referred to as him, and he was at Doyle Discipline off Priest Avenue. We laughed that we virtually missed getting collectively and all the time appeared to discover a bench wherever we went.”
“In actual fact, Jack made me a number of benches, one in every of them positioned right here the place we lived. Our headstone will likely be within the form of a e-book which says on the facet ‘The bench you possibly can see from the highway’ as a result of he would inform everybody he would meet about our story. Folks stated we must always name the Hallmark Channel.”
Wallace stated she and Hoover lived collectively at Brooks Pond “very fortunately for the previous three years, as if we had by no means been aside.”
“He saved all my love notes from 50 years in the past and footage,” she stated. “He was a hopeless romantic and took me to our favourite locations and would arrange issues for lunch. He informed everybody at Brooks Pond we have been going to get married subsequent 12 months however I didn’t comprehend it, whereas I used to be standing there.”
Wallace stated she is going to miss “every little thing, however largely his fun-loving spirit and giving nature,” essentially the most.
“Something I ever wished he would drop what he was doing and make it for me or assist me,” she stated. “He would gladly assist anybody in want.”
John ‘Jack’ E. Hoover III and his girlfriend Kathy Wallace’s senior portraits. The 2 met and dated in highschool earlier than reconnecting three years in the past. (COURTESY KATHY WALLACE)Wallace stated along with being identified for Halloween Costume World, Hoover was an auctioneer, a bartender and a Camaro supplier. In retirement he was a carpenter, and “Santa Claus on the frequent in Leominster final 12 months, a task that was a favourite. He actually was a ‘Jack of all trades.’”
Wallace stated her love loved serving to “many individuals locally,” together with working with the Marine Corps for 13 years and opening up his historic residence on Merriam Avenue across the holidays to gather Toys for Tots.
“He beloved the civic ambiance and loved all of the occasions in Leominster downtown, in addition to many navy occasions,” Wallace stated. “He was a private pal of Johnny Ro, who was killed in motion, and he was dearly beloved by the folks of constructing 1200 at Brooks Pond. He would assist anybody with what they wanted, and he dressed up for a lot of holidays and stored everybody entertained along with his adorning.”
Mazzarella echoed her sentiments, saying that “Jack had a wide range of pursuits,” and that the historic 160-year-old Whitney mansion Hoover lived in on Merriam Avenue “was adorned like one thing out a of {a magazine},” particularly round Christmastime.
“He was large into Christmas and had some actually unimaginable uncommon shows that he owned,” Mazzarella stated, “life-size Santas that look actual.”
The mayor talked about how Hoover made the best Santa Claus after rising out his white beard.
“He actually preferred enjoying Santa,” Mazzarella stated. “It was a brand new factor for him, and he had the hair and the beard. He did an superior Santa.”
Many individuals commented in a submit in Leominsterites Unite about Hoover passing, saying how sort and beneficiant he was. DiRusso stated he “supported The Cup Crusaders and our efforts to discover a remedy for most cancers, attending each Pink within the Rink and even bidding and successful a group jersey for his daughter.”
Elissa Buja stated Hoover was a neighbor of theirs on Hammond Avenue, the place he lived for years.
“I all the time beloved seeing his Halloween cellular drive by and beloved seeing his home decked out for Halloween” she stated. “He had an superior Camaro too.”
Buja, a lifelong metropolis resident, stated she knew Hoover “extra by his basic automobiles than anything” and that again within the Eighties her then boyfriend, now husband, had a 1973 Camaro they usually “preferred to window store at his dealership on Route 13 close to Whalom (Park).”
Nicole Boyer stated Hoover plowed their driveway ever since she and her household moved to town in 2017.
“He actually helped us out and did a superb job,” she stated. “My mother-in-law has been actually ailing, and he helped us hold the driveway completely clear for her nursing group. He went above and past. My father-in-law all the time appreciated the conversations they might have, he was only a very nice man. Our condolences to his household and buddies. He was all the time so reliable, honest, and an all-around good man. He will likely be missed.”
A love letter from longtime Leominster resident John ‘Jack’ E. Hoover III to “the love of his life,” girlfriend Kathy Wallace, whom he lived with at Brooks Pond for the final three years till his loss of life on June 13. (COURTESY KATHY WALLACE)Lori Markham Navaroli stated that whereas some folks referred to as Hoover “Mr. Halloween or Mr. Christmas, I name him my expensive pal, my buddy, like a giant brother to me.”
“Our friendship spans a few years,” she stated. “Jack was beneficiant in so some ways. We had fantastic adventures by way of the years.”
Markham Navaroli, who grew up in Leominster and now lives in Sterling, was buddies with Hoover for over 15 years.
“My kids and I really feel like he’s household,” she stated.
She informed the story of Hoover having dinner with them “on one particular Thanksgiving.”
“I feel he ate for an hour straight and concluded with desert and a giant glass of milk. We giggled at how he loved that meal. One other particular time he volunteered to choose my son up for his first promenade after which drive to his date’s residence in his limo. My son has particular wants and Jack was the proper man for the job. Mild, affected person, and oh so loving.”
Markham Navaroli stated these are simply among the “highlights” of her friendship with Hoover, her “tales go on and on.”
“There’s a enormous void in my life with out my pal I may name at any time for path, recommendation and assist. I really like my pal and hope he directs me in his large brother means from the heavens.”



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