John “Jack” Kirkconnell II, 87, of Cranston, Rhode Island passed away on June 2nd at Rhode Island Hospital after a brief illness.
He is predeceased by his father John Kirkconnell Sr., his mother Evelyn (Crossley) Kirkconnell, brother Walter Kirkconnell and sister Ellenor (Kirkconnell) Lyford.
Jack had been a member of the Protective Order of Elks since 1957 until his death, serving several terms as lecturing, loyal and leading knight, district deputy, state president and secretary, exalted ruler and lodge treasurer.
Jack loved his country and served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a Marine through and through. You would never catch Jack without his challenge coin despite the fact he recently celebrated his 47th year of sobriety.
Jack was a strong Christian. His love of God and Faith was undeniable. He was an active member of his church, the Church of the Ascension in Cranston, serving as warden, reader and on various committees.
He worked full time as a security guard until just 3 months ago.
Jack was a loyal and trustworthy friend, happily engaging and joking with everyone he encountered throughout his life. He loved to tell stories for hours about all of the kind people he met along the way during his walk for hunger awareness. He loved to dance and was often seen out on the dance floor at Elks functions.
Jack was a strong believer in Brotherly Love and Charity and was a co-founder of the Coventry-West Greenwich Elks Riders #2285. He rode his Harley well into his 80’s, which he polished until it shone like his Marine shoes.
Jack accomplished a lot throughout his lifetime and he will be sadly missed by all who knew this gentle giant.