Joseph Harold ‘Jay’ Maston III, 85, retired Navy captain who traveled the world

Joseph Harold 'Jay' Maston III
Joseph Harold ‘Jay’ Maston III

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Joseph Harold ‘Jay’ Maston III, 85, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019. Jay was born May 13, 1933, in Wilmington, Delaware, to the late Joseph Harold Maston II and Sue Maston Lynch.

Jay attended Friends School in Wilmington, Delaware, from the 1st to the 12th grade and then graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956. Jay spent 30 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1986. He also attained a Master’s Degree in International Relations from George Washington University. After his retirement, “because he couldn’t boil water,” he attended Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute. Graduating cum laude, he went on to teach business math at the school for two years.

During Jay’s Navy career, he traveled the world as a member of both the Submarine Force and the surface Navy. He served as commanding officer of the USS Holder and the USS Aeolus. He enjoyed his job as an instructor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and just prior to his retirement, he served as dean of education at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk.

Jay was an avid sports fan with a particular passion for baseball. His favorite team was the Chicago Cubs. He actually was heard to say that he could die happy once they won the World Series in 2016. He was also a loyal fan of the Washington Nationals. Jay also enjoyed the game of tennis and the many friends he made while playing the sport over the years. Another great love of Jay’s was traveling with his wife Cathy. They traveled many places and many miles with the most memorable being the fulfillment of Jay’s dream to circumnavigate South America.

Jay was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Riggs Maston. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; three children, Joseph Harold Maston IV (Nancy), Lisa Harrison (Michael) and Jennifer Long (Lonnie); stepdaughter, Carrie Hurt (Jim); and grandchildren, Will Maston, Bennet Maston, Bridget Maston, Anna Harrison, Nora Harrison, Cory Harrison, Olivia Long, Claire Long, Taylor Hurt, Jacob Hurt and Megan Hurt. He is also survived by his only sibling, Melinda Parker (Bill); as well as several nieces and nephews.

Jay often said that he wanted to be remembered as a good husband, a good father, a good sailor, a good friend and a good Christian.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 26, at Wycliffe Presbyterian Church, 1445 Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach. A reception will immediately follow in the church social hall. Interment will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Wycliffe Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund; or Wilmington Friends School, Wilmington, Delaware.

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