John Correa

Obituary of John F. Correa

John F. Correa III, 76, of Clearwater, known to those close to him as "Jack", was born in Boston Massachusetts on June 18, 1935. Jack left this world on August 6th, 2011, in Clearwater Fl, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness and surgery . Jack was the only child of Dorothy H. Goudey and Dr. John F. Correa II. He spent his childhood in Wellesley, Mass.He graduated in1953 from Nobles and Greenough School in Dedham and from Harvard University in 1957 with a B.A. in English Literature and minor in Business. He earned a Masters in Medieval English from Tufts University in 1960. In his youth he was an excellent athlete and musician. He boxed, played football, hockey and played piano and trumpet. Jack had a great love of life and traveled extensively in Europe. In the early 1960's he moved to Florence, Italy , where he opened a Dixieland Jazz club "The Red Garter" which remains open to this day. Jack returned from Europe in the 70's and rediscovered fishing, a passion nurtured by his grandfather Goudey. He spent the 1970's and 80's living in Boston and Key West. He opened "Il Dolce Momento" , an authentic Italian Gelateria and Trattoria in Boston in 1980. In 1994 he opened Olive Oil's CafAC. on Duval St. in Key West. Beyond his love of food , Jack enjoyed deep sea fishing and many types of jazz music, particularly Ragtime, Dixieland and the music of Clifford Brown and Miles Davis. He was a man who loved to read and analyse literature, quote Shakespeare, write poetry and could remember the name of every bottle of wine consumed with a special meal. He was a Renaissance man with high intelligence, wit and many talents, some of which were hidden except to those who knew him well. He will truly be missed. Jack is survived by his wife of 45 years , Margaret Van Kennen Correa ( Peggy ), their daughter Jennifer (Glenn Thomason), and her son Justin. Jack is also survived by his first wife Nancy Ann Moore and their children John (Judy) and Katherine (Piro) and grandchildren Cedar, Megan, Jason and John V. A mass celebrating his life will be held at St. Mary's church in Key West on Saturday, August 27th at 5 p.m. A celebration of life will also be held in Florence, Italy, probably next summer on the anniversary of his death, where his ashes will be spread on the Arno River according to his wishes. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the SPCA Lower Keys FL. David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Belcher Road Chapel in Clearwater is serving the family. Service Information
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