John  Senese

John G. "Jack" Senese Jr.

Friday, May 17th, 1929 - Saturday, July 25th, 2020
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KENNEBUNKPORT John Gerard Senese, Jr., age 91, “Jack,” formerly of Newtown, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 26, 2020, at his home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Jack was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 17, 1929, to John G. and Maryon K. Senese.
He earned his way into Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated in 1950 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. It was in Boston that he met the love of his life, Anne Marie Shea, whom he married in 1951.

Jack lead a successful career in top engineering firms, and, in 1976, he made the courageous leap to start his own company, CPI Incorporated. After many years of hard work, CPI was regarded as a leader in the industry. Equally important as success to Jack were the lifelong friendships he built along the way.

Upon the sale of CPI and his retirement in 1994, Jack and Anne moved to Kennebunkport, Maine. He and Anne thoroughly embraced the adventure of making new friends, renovating two houses well into their 80s , traveling and living the life they dreamed of together.

Jack, a devout Catholic, credited his profound sense of spirituality and belief in God as a great source of his joy and comfort, saying that prayer had become an essential element of his life. He remained living independently in Kennebunkport where he discovered a love for painting, volunteering with Hospice and spending time with family.

Jack was a dedicated and loving husband of father of four. He was predeceased by his beloved Anne Marie Shea Senese on January 26, 2015, and his daughter Kathryn Pleasants on December 8, 2015.

Survivors include his children Jane Longden, John G. Senese, III, and Hilary Nimons, grandchildren Amy, Damian, Keith, Meghan, Michael, Matthew, Chris, Jenny, Jack, Don, Jake and Jesse as well as eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Jack will be remembered by his contagious smile and a profound zest for living his life to the fullest.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made toward the art department at The Center, 175 Port Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043, attention Kate Jollie, in Jack’s memory.

Visiting hours will be held 4-6 PM Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St. Kennebunk. All are reminded to bring a mask to wear, there will be a few available if needed. A funeral mass and burial will be private.
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    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Bibber Memorial Chapel-Kennebunk
    67 Summer Street
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
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Funeral mass will be private


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Gene Killian

Posted at 01:04pm
Jack Senese was a role model for me. He was savvy and smart and the life of the party. In the work environment, he was intense and built a highly respected engineering company. My condolences to his family.
Gene Killian

Bart Smith

Posted at 06:16pm
To all of the Senese family.
We are saddened to hear of Jack's death. A life well lived! Both of your parents were wonderful and generous friends to my mom Helen and the great group they had in Newtown. I'm sure that Jack, Ann and mom, along with many others are together again.
Helen Smith's Family - Bart, Shap, Kari, Conrad & Hillary

Hilary Senese Nimons Posted at 09:06pm

Thank you Bart for your kind words. Our parents sure did have a wonderful life together

Audrey Williamson

Posted at 03:51pm
We will miss seeing Jack at the Kennebunkport Town Hall; he always had a smile and was a kind man. My sympathies to his family.

Audrey Williamson

Hilary Senese Nimons Posted at 09:07pm

What a wonderful town mom and dad lived in. They were surrounded by such a kind community and we are grateful. Thanks for your condolences, Audrey.

Andre M. Dumont

Posted at 07:32pm
My Mom and Dad knew Jack and Ann longer than they knew me! Some of the best friends of a lifetime, we shared holidays and vacations to Nauset Light Beach in the summer, and Killington in the winter. My memories are graciously filled with the fun and laughter Jack and Ann brought into all of our lives. Jack was truly a class act. He was one-of-a-kind. I am a better person for knowing him - and his family. God Speed.

Andre M. Dumont
Greensboro NC

Elaine Dumont Inman Posted at 11:15am

Thanks, son, for these words! Anne was my best friend, and Jack & your Dad were patient with us! We four always were thankful for our mutual families and always happy with how fortunate we were - even through the 'tough' times! I can see all three of them - making God laugh! I'll see them sometime soon!

Hilary Senese Nimons Posted at 09:11pm

Andre and Elaine - your family meant so much to ours. I was going through some photo albums after dad's service and was able to relive all those happy memories. Tried to get the Schootchifado (sp?) society into the eulogy but wasn't able to - all I knew about it was that the Seneses, Dumonts, and Seidmans drank fine red wines, sheshe food .... and that I was not invited. For sure they have welcomed dad to their dinner party in heaven.

Kay Simmons

Posted at 10:23am
Jack was a good friend and fellow artist. He was a perfect gentleman and he will be greatly missed. Rest peacefully Jack!
Your friend,

Hilary Senese Nimons Posted at 09:18pm

Kay, art class meant the world to dad. Every time I spoke with him after class he had a different story about how much he enjoyed it, almost always saying he was the worst student in the class and that everyone else was so much better! Dad's painting was a reflection on how he lived his life in in full, flowing color. Thank you for being a part of something he gained such joy from.

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