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Jan A. Childs

d. January 10, 2024

Jan A. Childs

Jan A. Childs (1949-2024)

Jan Childs, of Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of Marshfield/So.Boston/Dorchester, passed away unexpectedly on January 10, 2024, surrounded by his family.

Jan is survived by his wife Dianne (Regan) who was his best friend and love of his life.

Jan had a life-long vivacious personality, incredible sense of humor~at times maybe a little risqué~but always with the intent of engaging a crowd. He lit up a room. He worked for the USPS as a letter carrier, retiring after 38 years of service. Jan was a long-time member of NALC Branch 34. His career as a letter carrier afforded him the opportunity to connect with many and many he did. There wasn’t a place he traveled that he didn’t know someone from his beloved route in South Boston or Fort Point Station.  After retirement and hanging around for a few years, Jan joined Fiduciary Trust, working with many fellow retirees from the USPS and of course meeting new friends by sharing a laugh or a cookie as he was a master baker and winner of many a cookie contest.

After his final retirement, and a hell of a snowstorm in 2015, he and Dianne moved to their dream house in Myrtle Beach. There they met the most wonderful neighbors who became fast friends and family.

Jan loved to cook and bake, his eggplant parmigiana was highly regarded as the best ever, his creme brûlée and rum cakes were legendary.

His pizzas were 5 stars…. although those privileged to have one, waited with bated breath as there would be a few four-letter words flying if they were not picture perfect.

Despite being the picture of health, “a specimen” as he would say, he recently received a diagnosis of metastatic esophageal cancer for which he was valiantly fighting with the help of the oncology team @ Tufts Medical Center.

After a wonderful trip home to Myrtle Beach, Jan had a sudden event which took his life and our beloved “specimen.”

Jan was so very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who all loved him with all their hearts and regarded him as the best.

He is survived by his former spouse, Anna Wilson and their daughters Amy Lund and husband Larry, Nicole Mason, and husband Steve.

He is also survived by Dianne’s children, whom he loved as his own, Kristen Brennick and former spouse Jimmy, Michael Matta, and fiancée Deb Schnare.

Jan was the adored Papa to grandchildren, Zachary, Matthew and the late Sydney Isabella Lund, Kira Mason, Taryn Rae, Olivia, Christopher, Jimmy and Sean Brennick and Reese Matta and Pa to great-grandsons Taiden Rae and Giovanni Dalton.

Additionally, Jan is survived by his much-loved sister Sharon and her husband Jack, their children Ashley Hodge and Jack Marinello as well as sister-in-law Paula Regan, Gerry Regan and wife Joan and their son Gregory and Kevin Regan and wife Doris and their daughters Laura and Emily.

He also leaves behind his beloved dog kids, Abe and Abby as well as a multitude of friends from North to South.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday 4-7 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home EAST WEYMOUTH at 3 Charles Street (corner of Charles & Middle Street). In lieu of flowers, donations in Jan’s name may be made to Tufts Medical Center Development Office, 800 Washington Street, #231, Boston, MA 02111 ATT: North 8th & Infusion Center Nursing Department.

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Monday, January 15, 2024

4:00 - 7:00 am (Eastern time)

McDonald KeohaneFuneral Home - East

3 Charles Street, Weymouth, MA 02189

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