Charles ‘Jack’ A. Jack Jr.

Charles ‘Jack’ A. Jack Jr.

GUILDERLAND — A hardworking man who put his family first, Charles “Jack” A. Jack Jr., retired at the age of 79.

An Army veteran, he worked in his family’s restaurant for 40 years, ran a pool business with his brother for a decade, and then worked as a trucker for another two decades.

He died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at his Guilderland home surrounded by his family. He was 82.

“He was my hero,” said his daughter Jacqueline Jack. “He was wonderful.”

Born in Albany, he was the son of the late Charles and Dorothy Gignac Jack. He was a veteran of the United States Army from 1957 to 1959.

From 1959 to 1979, he worked in the Clardon Restaurant on Fuller Road, which was owned and operated by the Jack Family. “My grandfather started the restaurant,” said Ms. Jack. “My father and my uncle worked there. So did my mother and my aunt.” The Clardon was a bar as well as an eatery and served as a community gathering place.

Mr. Jack then opened Clardon Swimming Pool Service with his brother, Dick Jack, and ran it until 1990. They cleaned and maintained pools as well as installing them, said Ms. Jack.

After retiring from the pool business, Mr. Jack used his commercial driver license to drive for Ryder Truck Company until his retirement in 2013. Although he was older than most of the drivers, said his daughter, he never tired.

“He loved his family,” said Ms. Jack. He and and his wife, Irene Hutchins Jack, were together for  60 years and married for 55 years, said their daughter. “They lived for each other,” Ms. Jack said. “They were amazing.”

They owned two homes — one in Guilderland and the other in Daytona Beach, Florida, where they loved spending the winter months, Ms. Jack said. “He was meticulous about his houses and his yards,” said Ms. Jack. “He did his own mowing, his own landscaping — everything.”

Mr. Jack was an active member of the Rotterdam Elks. And he was fond of his dog, Ruby Girl, a Chihuahua.

“I’ve learned so much from him — stay strong, work hard,” said Ms. Jack, repeating, “He was wonderful.”

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Charles “Jack” A. Jack Jr. is survived by his wife, Irene Hutchins Jack; his daughters, Susan Irwin  and her husband, Steven, and Jacqueline Jack; his brothers, Richard Jack and Frederick Jack; his grandchildren, Charlie Tymchyn and Janelle Irwin; his great-granddaughter, Emma “Rosie” Tymchyn; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Christ the King Church at 20 Sumpter Ave. in Guilderland.  Entombment will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna following the Mass. Calling hours will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church in the Knights of Columbus Chapel.  Arrangements are by the Reilly & Son Funeral Home of Voorheesville. Mourners may leavae condolences online at reillyandsonfuneralhome.com.

His family gives “a special thank you to Rachael from Dr. Lamanski’s office for all the help and support you provided for Jack.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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