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John P. "Jack" Houghton

March 9, 2021


John P. “Jack” Houghton, 69, of New Bedford passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford after a brief illness.  He was the loving husband of 50 years to Rena M. (Pelletier) Houghton.

Born in Acushnet. Son of the late Charles and Irene (Howarth) Houghton, he was a lifelong resident of New Bedford.  Jack served in the Army during the Vietnam War and later ran his own business, Jack’s Burner Service.  He was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed both working on and riding his motorcycles.  Jack also enjoyed woodworking and was a member of the Fairhaven VFW Post 2892.

He is survived by his wife Rena;  children, John P. Houghton, Jr. and his wife Amy, Patrick Houghton, Melissa Bourque and her husband Jason and Melanie Houghton all of New Bedford;  15 grandchildren;  11 great grandchildren;  two sisters, Charlene Alfonso and her husband David of FL and Hollis Riley and her husband William of New Bedford and several nieces and nephews.

In accordance with his wishes he will be cremated and arrangements are under the direction of the Donaghy-Hathaway Funeral Home, 465 County St., New Bedford.  For memorial register please visit,

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box, 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.



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