North Andover — Jack Erle, passed away on December 31, 2012 at his home surrounded by family. Jack was born on March 12, 1924 in Sayre, Pa., the son of Miles Granville and Mary Alice Erle.
Jack was raised in Sayre, Pa. where he met his wife and high school sweetheart, Christine (Duff) Erle. They married on May 7, 1945. Jack was a veteran of World War II, and as a First Lieutenant he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps, 15th Air Force, 465th Bomb Group, 782nd Squadron based at the Panatella Air Base near Foggia, Italy. He flew 50 missions during 1944 as the bombardier/navigator in a B-24. Jack was a graduate of Cornell, University.
Jack lived in North Andover for over fifty years and was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he was a member of the vestry for many years. He worked for many years for AVCO in Wilmington. Later in his career he worked as a recruiter for Digital, Raytheon and several other companies in the area. Jack and his wife enjoyed golfing during retirement and he officially retired from golf at Christmas. Jack was a principled man that enjoyed the simple things in life, his family, his wife’s cooking and the game of baseball.
He was the brother of (late) Robert Erle, William Erle and Mary Stewart. Jack is also survived by his wife, of 67 years, Christine (Duff) Erle; daughter, Christena (Susan) McGregor and her husband, Arthur Carter of Salem; daughter Margaret Legal and her husband, Steven of North Andover; son, John Erle and his wife, Nancy of Walnut Creek, Calif. and son, Thomas Erle and his wife, Cindy of Boylston; seven grandchildren, Jeanne McGregor and Warren Kelley of Kingston N.H., Suzanne Pelich and her husband, Joseph of North Andover, Amy (McGregor) Chongris of North Andover, John Erle of North Andover, Michael Erle of San Francisco, Calif., Benjamin Erle of Boylston and Abigail Erle of Boylston; and four great-grandchildren, Sasha (Pelich) Weinreich and her husband, Nathan of North Andover, Sophia Pelich of North Andover, and Jacob and Patrick Chongris of North Andover and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 390 Main Street, North Andover on Friday, January 4 at 11 a.m. The family is grateful to all of his many caregivers including Hospice.
Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Merrimack Valley, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843