Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Jack and became friends with him when he began frequenting my restaurant in Westport, NY in the summers, way back in the early 80's, and truly enjoyed our talks, which we did often. I had the opportunity to travel to Florida in early 2011 and visit Jack at his home, and was able to renew the friendship we had always enjoyed, as well as enjoy seeing where he lived and what he enjoyed doing. Ever the gentleman, I will never forget my chance to spend some time with him, and was very saddened to learn of his passing many months after it happened. I was looking forward to seeing/visiting him again and will miss that chance. He was a delightful man, and we could talk for hours about many subjects, especially his love for the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain. And thank you to those nurses that were caring for him, that showed me around and welcomed me when I visited. You helped make my visit memorable. Farewell Jack, I will miss you.

Posted by Rosemary Remington - Elizabethtown, NY - Friend   July 16, 2012


I was sad to hear of John's passing. I actually came across this site through a link.

To me he is Uncle Jack. Truly, my Uncle Jack. He was married to my father's sister Gayle Terry whom I was named after at birth.

I only have a few pictures to remember he and my Aunt by as they flew to California from New York to visit my parents about a year after I was born. Through the years I would receive photos of my Aunt and Uncle's travels abroad as far away as Africa.

I recall them sharing photos with me through the mail of their amazing show dog Tack. Tack was an English Bull Terrier. Anyone not familiar with the breed can look it up and compare the photos to the one seen in the above posted photo of my beloved Uncle Jack.

He will be sorely missed. To those who knew him, who post their memories here on this site, thank you for remembering him and sharing your thoughts about him.

RIP Uncle Jack.

Posted by Sandra Gayle Terry - CA - Niece   June 16, 2012

My brother and I knew him as Uncle Jack. Uncle Jack and my mother, Adelaide Zademach Otto, grew up together in Elizabeth, NJ . Their parents lived in the same apartment complex and became close friends. When mother was a baby, Uncle Jack's parents would often watch her while our grandparents went out for the evening. Since their apartment was above Uncle Jack's, mother was delivered by way of the dumbwaiter, something my mother always found amusing.
My mother adored Uncle Jack, who was six years older, and they remained close friends for life. He was always in her heart.

When I was eleven, I came down with appendicitis. Uncle Jack was my surgeon. I was scared, but I knew I was safe in his hands. I have always been proud of the fact that my "uncle" operated on me and that the scar is barely noticeable.

Uncle Jack loved dogs. I remember a portrait in their house depicting several hunting dogs, setters I think. He and Aunt Gayle owned a white Boston Terrier named Tack that Charlie and I would babysit on occasion. They sure spoiled that dog!

As we grew older, Mother kept us informed about Uncle Jack's doings and whereabouts. He was a fixture throughout our lives. Charlie and I will miss him.


Posted by Ivy Otto - Evansville, WI - family friend   February 01, 2012