John Edwin Halpin of Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, age 69, passed away peacefully at home on July 26, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born on January 19, 1949 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and was a longtime resident of Phippsburg. “Jack” was a U.S. Navy aviation weather forecaster, a staff meteorologist on the summit of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, and a science teacher at Lincoln Academy and Morse High School. Navy postings included NAS Brunswick, Guam, the Antarctic, Spain and aboard the USS Saipan. He embarked on a second career after he proudly earned a Master’s degree.

After retirement, he and his beloved wife Peggy enjoyed traveling cross country in their motor home. A lover of nature, he spent his leisure time birdwatching, hiking with his dogs, golfing, operating his ham radio, and flying model airplanes. He enjoyed keeping in contact with his many friends and introducing his grandchildren to his hobbies—and he made a wicked good chili, seafood chowder, and ribs. Jack had a true affinity for cooking for his family.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; his son Erick and wife Anne Schlitt of Phippsburg; daughter Holli Owen and husband Erich of Telluride, Colorado; a brother Will and sister-in-law Joanne of Milbridge; and sisters-in-law Patti Freeman and husband Doug and Heidi Leveillee and husband Dan. Jack also leaves many friends from Patrick Air Force Base and Phippsburg. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph D. Halpin, Sr. and Phyllis (Thompson) and by a brother, Joseph D. Halpin, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society.

A public service will be held at Morningside Cemetery in Phippsburg at 11:00 am on October 13.