John R. Savoia, DDS, (Jack) 78, of Ludlow, passed away unexpectedly on July 15, 2016. He was born in Barre, VT on November 22, 1937 to the late Olga and Reno Savoia. He graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre, VT in 1955. Dr. Savoia attended Springfield College and proudly graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education in 1959. In recognition for his embodiment of the schools motto Spirit, Mind, Body, Jack was awarded the Tarbell Medallion & Distinguished Alumnus Award. He received his DDS from the University of Maryland Dental School in 1964. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as a Captain in the U.S. Army. Upon his return from his Army service, he established his dental practice in Ludlow. He served the townspeople for 50 years, owning his final practice on Winsor St. from 1976 until his retirement in 2014.
Dr. Savoia was very active in the community and touched many lives through his service in many organizations and local committees such as: Director of the Ludlow Chamber of Commerce 1986-92, President 1988; Ludlow Boys & Girls Club 1991-1998; Corporator of Springfield College 1993-1999; Shriner-Member of MELHA TEMPLE Springfield; Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass; Longmeadow UNICO; and Worshipful Master of the Ludlow Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the First Church of Ludlow. Jack was a New England Patriots fanatic and season ticket holder for over 45 years. He enjoyed spending time on Cape Cod at his summer home, jogging, skiing, traveling and simply being Italian.
Jack is survived by his cherished wife and best friend Jane (Kawecki) Savoia of Ludlow, MA; his children Lynn Trombly of Ludlow, MA; Cheryl LaBreck of Medford, MA; Cheri Patenaude of Ludlow, MA; Karen Trombly of Norwood, MA and John A. (Khrystyne) Savoia of Warwick, RI. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren, Alyssa, Lindsay and Brett Patenaude and his siblings Loretta (Tom) Laurino of Wilbraham, MA; Don Savoia of Ludlow, MA and Dr. Rodney (Cheska) Savoia of Reston, VA
Services celebrating Jacks life will be held Friday, July 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM at First Church in Ludlow, 825 Center St. Ludlow, MA. Burial will be private, at the convenience of the family.
In celebration of his full and vibrant life, Jacks family asks that those attending wear bright, joyful colors. Jackets and ties are not required for gentlemen.