I will never forget Jack’s ever present smile. He always greeted people with a smile and made you feel like you were the most important person he would speak to that day.
Thank you for being ever faithful to others.
We will never forget you.
You were such an inspiration to our family Deacon Jack and we thank you for your friendship & prayers for our family through the years. For many years of sharing faith & fellowship in RCIA, your ACTS times with Jon filled with encouraging words, and you presiding over my mom’s memorial and checking in on me afterwards, we thank you for all you gave to us. You always made a point to connect with our kiddos and you were a wonderful example of the kindness, faithfulness, and love of Christ. We will miss you and will hold your memories in our hearts. We lift up your dear wife Trish, your children, your family, our deacons & priests and all your family at SEAS in prayers of comfort. Deepest Admiration, The Duncan Family Jon, Tiffany, Lucy, Leah, and Luke
We met Jack and Trish many years ago, when they came to Palermo (Italy) to meet Jack’s Sicilian family: he wanted to know its origins and relatives in Sicily (we were his cousins). At once we realized that Jack was a special person: his face expressed joy and his eyes were full of love for all. He didn’t like to be a sightseer, because he wanted to spend time with the “family”, with all of us. When Jack and Trish went home, we were sorry and we cried because we realized that we were losing a friend. After so many years, we still remember what he said before leaving: “do not cry for me, I love you”, but he was crying. Now we say: “Rest in Peace Jack, we love you”
For several years, I had the opportunity to work with Jack and his group in Richardson. Whenever I would visit Jack’s office, he was welcoming, good-humored, enthusiastic, and straight-forward. His group respected his leadership, but they also looked up to and liked him as a person. So did I.
My condolence to Jack’s family. I’ve worked with Jack through the years. He is really a nice person. He will be missed.
We moved here in May 2006 when I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter. Shortly after that, my husband and I attended the baptism class taught by Deacon Jack and liked him very much. My daughter Dorothea, who was born in June 2006 (baptized by Deacon Bill) also has involved in children’s activities at the church, just like Deacon Jack. Deacon Jack read the prayers with Dorothea in last Saturday’s mass. That’s why we were shocked to learn about this sad news. He was very gently, caring, and friendly. We met him a few times at grocery stores with his wife and mother. We also met him almost every week at church and my children loved to talk to him. We will keep him and his family in our prayers. Tran’s family
I was one of the many participants in the FISH camp at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton when we helped out Joplin Missouri after the devastating tornado. Throughout the morning of the first day I wasn’t really too involved and into the entire mission trip. In the evenings we would sit down and have small talk with our specific parish. Along the trip Deacon Jack was with us, and on the first night I met him in one of these small talks. I have never felt so welcome and greeted by anyone so friendly. It was so easy to talk to him and it was just an all around great first impression. Throughout all of the nights talks Deacon Jack would really help move conversations and really shine a great light on what truly matters in the world. After meeting him and hearing some of the things he had to say on the first night, I was extremely motivated and excited to help out with everything on the mission trip. On this mission trip i’d like to think I helped out some of the citizens of Joplin Missouri, but in reality because of some of the conversations with Deacon Jack, the Citizens of Joplin Missouri helped me out. Without Deacon Jack the Mission trip would have had such a smaller meaning and a lesser impact. I remember even when I came home from the mission trip, I exclaimed to my mother specifically how great of a person he really was and how much of a positive impact he had on our mission trip.