The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 9, 2004


John "Jack" W. Leask
Former chairman of Carlisle Building Committee

John W. Leask, 84, former long-time Carlisle resident and beloved husband of Margaret C. (Foss) Leask of Annisquam, Massachusetts, died March 13, 2004 at his home following an extended illness. Jack was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 13, 1918, son of the late John P. and Grace (Hollister) Leask. He was a graduate of Darien High School in Darien, Connecticut, class of 1936.

After attending Stevens Institute of Technology he enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned as part of the Army's ASTP to the Far East Training Program at the University of Minnesota. He was stationed in Japan following the post-war occupation as a Japanese interpreter. Upon his return home, he and his brother started the Stamford Casting Co. in Stamford, Connecticut. While running the company Jack graduated from New York University in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, which he obtained while attending night school. Jack and his wife met in Stamford and were married in Sudbury, Massachusetts on May 29, 1948.

After working as a sales engineer for Picker X-Ray, Tech Ops, and Atkins and Merrill, Jack formed Engineering Dynamics Corp. (EDC) in Lowell in the early 1970s, which he ran for the next 20 years. He built the company designing and implementing creative and technological solutions to meet his clients' needs primarily in the medical and exercise equipment areas. Both sons were involved in the business.

Jack was involved in community activities, having started the Middlesex Swim Club in Darien in 1962, and was chairman of the Building Committee while living in Carlisle.

From a young age, Jack was an excellent craftsman in a variety of materials but excelled in fine woodworking.

He was an avid sailor, and learned to sail in Darien after building his first boat. He encouraged his children to sail as well. He was a member of the Annisquam Yacht Club, Leonard Club and Annisquam Village Church.

In addition to his wife Margaret, he is survived by his children Christopher Leask and his wife Linda of Mason, New Hampshire, Nancy Leask of Roslindale, Massachusetts, and Andrew Leask and his wife Anne of Woodinville, Washington. He was the beloved grandfather of Amber, Haven, James, Kathleen, Hannah and William Leask and great-grandfather of Juliet Leask.

A memorial service will be held on May 1, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Annisquam Village Church. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. A graveside service was held privately at Mt. Adnah Cemetery in Annisquam. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Hospice of the North Shore, 10 Elm St., Danvers, MA 01923 or to Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Grondin Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester.

Our sympathy to ...

Deb and Tom O'Halloran, teachers at the Carlisle School, on the death of Deb's father Frederic Butts, 84, in Florida on March 30.

Cameron McGrory age 11, of Koning Farm Road, has been selected to be on the Mass. Olympic Development Program (ODP) Soccer All-state Under-13 squad.

The philosophy of the Mass. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) is to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. National Teams in the international arena.

Amanda Peterson, 13, of Indian Hill, won a silver medal in epee at the New England Division Under-16 Fencing Championships on Saturday. Amanda also recently competed at the Junior Olympics in Cleveland, placing 58th in Under-20 Women's Epee. She fences for Prise de Fer Fencing Club under coaches David Blake of Carlisle and Gamal Mahmoud. (Photo by John Kennard) Francoise Bourdon of Curve Street is one of the local artists who shared their studios with the public during the recent Open House at the Highland Building. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

• The sixth graders of Girl Scout Troop 2638 held a party for the children at House of Hope, a shelter for women and children located in Lowell. They transformed the shelter playroom with decorations to remind everyone that "spring is just around the corner." The girls led the children in games, painted faces and tattooed hands, and helped them make paper flowers and decorate cookies. The girls also made a $200 donation from their troop treasury in the name of past members of the troop. This was the troop's major service project for the year. (Photo by Stephanie Smith)

Public invited to editorial review

Carlisle residents are invited to meet with the board of directors of the Carlisle Mosquito on Monday, April 12, at 8 p.m. at their annual editorial review. Every year the Mosquito invites the public to come and express opinions, criticisms and comments because reader input is important. The meeting, which will be held at the Mosquito offices at 872 Westford Street, is an opportunity to meet the editors and the advertising managers who put the paper together.

Winter travel/RecCom sports articles are due on April 12 at noon. The Mosquito will run articles as soon as we can.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito