John B. Montgomery MD

John Beaton Montgomery, MD, 82, died peacefully on August 14, 2017 after a short battle with leukemia at Hope Hospice & Palliative Care RI.  He was the beloved husband of Marjorie (Cunniam) Montgomery for 56  years. Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Jack was the eldest son of the late Dr. James and Gwendolyn (Goodwin) Montgomery.  As a young man, he attended the Ruzawi School in Zimbabwe and Michaelhouse in KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa before graduating with a medical degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland in 1959. He came to America in 1960 to pursue a pediatric internship and residency at Roger William Hospital in Providence. He served as a Captain in the US Army during the Vietnam era and was stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA. He returned to Providence in 1969 and opened a pediatric practice on Waterman Street where he tended to generations of infants and children before retiring in 2011. He was on the staff of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. His love of plants and in particular, flowers, brightened the neighborhood and his garden was a reflection of his patience, perseverance, and quiet endurance. Jack woke early and started most days with a cup of hot tea and the New York Times crossword puzzle.  He found pleasure in nature walks, identifying bird’s songs, classical music, traveling, and attending plays at Trinity Rep.  He was a voracious reader of mysteries and non-fiction and spent many happy hours at the Providence Athenaeum.  He especially delighted in watching his five grandchildren enjoy their many pursuits. Long after he retired from practice, Jack was fondly greeted by former patients, some of whom cared for him during his recent illness.  The Montgomery family would like to thank all the medical professionals at the Miriam Hospital, especially Dr. Robert Sokolic, Hallworth House, Hope Nursing Home Care, and Hope Hospice & Palliative Care RI, who treated him and our family with so much care, respect and kindness. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Amanda Montgomery and her husband Rick Von Kaenel of Santa Fe, NM; John Montgomery and his wife Pamela of Riverside, CT; Julie Andrews and son-in-law Todd Andrews of Providence, RI; Sarah Montgomery and her husband Kevin O’Shea of Concord, NH; his five cherished grandchildren Charlie and Jack Andrews and Kate, Emma, and Jake Montgomery; and his brother James Montgomery of Brisbane, Australia and his sister Tessa Pauley of Perth, Australia. He also leaves many loving in-laws, nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Edward L. Pieroni at St. Raymond’s Church, 1240 North Main Street in Providence on Friday, August 18 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to St. Raymond’s Church or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.