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Jack Berry, Longtime Westport Scoutmaster, Dies at 71

UPDATE (adds services, obituary)  John J. “Jack” Berry Jr., a longtime Westport Boy Scout leader, died Saturday at The Connecticut Hospice in Branford after battling pancreatic cancer, the Troop 36 Leadership Committee announced today on its Facebook page. He was 71.

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“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Scoutmaster Emeritus Jack Berry,” the committee said. “Jack died Saturday morning and not coincidentally on the 104th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.”

Friends may call on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lesko Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield, with a Mass of Christian Burial Friday, Feb. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke Parish, 84 Long Lots Road, Westport, with burial to follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery, 1530 Bronson Road, Fairfield. There will be a reception to follow at St. Luke Church Hall.

Last June, Troop 36 inducted three Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor ceremony at the Church of the Assumption in Westport. They were the last to achieve Eagle Scout status under the leadership of Berry, who retired a short time earlier due to ill health.

He had been Troop 36 Scoutmaster since 1984. His troop was known for inducting more Eagle Scouts than any other in Connecticut.
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The family provided the following obituary:

Jack Berry, longtime Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 36 in Westport, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and inspirational leader to generations of boys in Westport, the Connecticut Yankee Council, and Scouting contingents around the world.

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