John M. Krenn
August 13, 2013
MA — John Mark Krenn, age 88, died at home on Aug. 13, 2013. He was born in
Atlantic City, N.J., October 14, 1924, to the late Mathias and Anita (Mason)
Krenn. A veteran of WWII, he enlisted in the Coast Guard in October, 1942,
and initially served on small boats in Newport, R.I., and Rockland, Maine.
Subsequently he served on the USCG Cutter ARLUK WYP 167 (110 foot converted
Boston trawler "Atlantic") on the Greenland Patrol. After training as an
Electrician's Mate at Boston's Franklin Technical Institute he served on the
transport GEN'L LEONARD WOOD (APA12) in the Pacific Theater until he was
discharged in March 1946.
After his service, he used his GI Bill benefits to finish high school at
Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Veteran's High School program. Later he
received his B.S. Ed. from Glassboro (N.J.) State Teacher's College (now
Rowan U.), followed by a year of graduate study at the University of
Michigan. In 1951 he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis (Raymond) Krenn of Elmhurst,
Ill., whom he met at a Univ. of Michigan graduate school dance. They were
married in Elmhurst on Groundhog Day 1951. He is also survived by three
daughters, Jaime Krenn, of Georgetown, Mass., Kathryn Krenn of Annandale,
Va., Susan Krenn of Towson, Md.; and son, Christopher Krenn of Exeter, R.I.,
After graduate school he joined Sylvania Electric Products
Industrial/Commercial Lighting Division in Salem, and over the years, worked
for the Fluorescent Fixture division in Wheeling, W.Va., and the
Distribution Service Division in Teterboro, N.J. With the advent of
commercial computers and improved communications, he returned to the New
England headquarters where he designed order entry/inventory control systems
and forecasting systems, retiring as Manager of Marketing Information
Services for the I/C division in 1985.
The family moved to their Rockport home on Tregony Bow in 1962, and also
owned and operated the Beaches Inn at the Cape Hedge Beach end of South
Street from 1965 through 1971 while John was still employed by Sylvania.
In the 1960s he was appointed and later elected to the Rockport Planning
Board where he served for over five years as Chairman. While Chairman he was
responsible for the complete reorganization of the existing Zoning Bylaw for
a more logical succession. Later, he served for two non-contiguous extended
terms on the Board of Appeals. He was an avid participant in Town Meeting
Government and over the years brought many Zoning changes and improvements
in the Town Meeting Rules of Order. He was recognized in the 2008 Fall
meeting by being named Moderator, pro tem, for a complex property purchase
At the 2011 Annual Town Meeting, State Senator Bruce Tarr presented him with
the State Senate Official Citation for 33 years of dedicated service to the
He was an active member of the Thacher Island Association and for several
years served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Thacher Island Town Committee and
an operator of the Thacher Island launch.
As a member of the Rights of Way Committee, John founded the adjunct support
organization, "Friends of the Rockport Rights of Way" (FORROW) to involve
more volunteers in the use, maintenance, and documentation of the Town
controlled rights of way. In 2005, with funding from the Mass. Dept. of
Environmental Management, John, Phyllis, and former resident, Suel Shannon,
wrote and published the Rockport Guide to Public Paths and Town Landings, a
pocket map compendium of Rockport's Coastal R.O.W.'s. John also designed the
circle and cross logo used to identify accessible town coastal ways.
While serving on the Granite Pier Committee, he instituted the Honor System
for collecting launching ramp fees when the pier was unattended. Due to his
efforts, the Town Transfer Station winter "Dead Boat" and summer "Dead
Trailer Storage" was established and is now managed by the G. P. Committee,
providing more launching space at the Pier and revenue for the Town. He also
served on many ad hoc and Town Meeting Committees and was recognized by the
2012 Annual Town Meeting and the Massachusetts State Senate with a
"Resolution of Appreciation" for his 34 years of service to the Town.
Although not a native Rockporter, he often described himself as a "well
John was a longtime sailing member of the Sandy Bay Y.C. and had served on
the Board of Governors. He had an irrepressible sense of humor. In the
1980s, in a series of "Letters to the Editor," reacting to the frequently
quixotic waterfront reporting of the Gloucester Daily Times, he became the
Founder and President of the "Society to Prevent Every Damn Thing That
Floats Bein' Called a Dory or Dinghy" (S.T.P.E.D.T.T.F.B.C.A.D.O.D. for
In addition to his children, he is survived by grandchildren, Christopher
and Alex Pinto of Georgetown, Mass., James Nass of Portsmouth, R.I.,
Nicholaus KrennHrubec of Annandale, Va., Keris Raisanen of Baltimore, Md.,
Nhu Thy KrennHrubec of South Riding, Va., and Liza and Julianna Miller of
Towson, Md.; as well as nieces, Stephanie Krenn of Portsmouth, N.H., Tamara
Krenn of Epsom, N.H., Anita Sayers of Keene, N.Y.; and nephew, David Krenn
of Pacifica, Calif.
ARRANGEMENTS: In keeping with John's wishes, there will be no funeral
services. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of
flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Compassion & Choices,
P.O. Box 101810, Denver, CO 80250; Friends of the Rockport Library, P.O. Box
31, Rockport, MA 01966 or Thacher Island Association, P.O. Box 73, Rockport,
Arrangements are by Burgess & Mackey Funeral Home, 201 Main St., Rockport.
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