Meddy, Allie, Sam,
My deepest sympathies to all of you on the passing of Jack. I can still recall meeting him for the first time 20 years ago at the very beginning of my academic career. While I had not met him in person during the interview at Mt.A., I had spoken to him on the phone a couple of times. When I arrived in Sackville on a warm August afternoon, after a three-day drive from Baltimore, I found my way to the Goodrich home. A short while later, Jack arrived and introduced himself. Puzzled at how he knew that I was in town, I quickly learned that he had seen a car with Pennsylvania plates coming off the highway into Sackville and he assumed that it was the new faculty member in history. Wow, I thought, this is quite the small town (it still makes me chuckle when I think of it). But, it really said a lot about him: he had a habit of materializing when you needed him. During that first year and forever thereafter, he was unfailing kind, supportive and empathetic toward me and I came to rely on him professionally and personally. I cherish his friendship and feel honored that he counted me as a friend. My respect and admiration for him only deepened over the years as I learned more about his life and career. Thanks for sharing more of that in the words and photos on this site. Peace & Love to each of you--Margie
We are surprised and could not believe that Jack has passed away. He was such a dear friend of ours at Sophia and at Sackville. He was always so kind and considerate. we shall remember him so dear to us to the end of our lives.
Dear Meddy, Carla and I were saddened to learn of Jack's death. During our ten years at Mt A, Jack was a stalwart friend. We had many interesting conversations about all manner of things, from history and politics to cars. I know that you will miss him, and trust that you will have many happy memories of your life with him. Sincerely, Ian and Carla Newbould
Dear Meddy, Allie and Sam - There aren't sufficient words to tell you how sad I am to hear of Jack's passing. I was a student of Jack's at Mount A and my continuing love of history is due in great part to his brilliance and ability to connect with and challenge his students. One of my earliest encounters with my then first year history teacher happened as I was heading for the gym while he was heading to class. Jack kindly offered to walk with me as it 'appeared that I was lost'. So into the classroom we went, Jack (smiling) with his notes and me in my gym gear and carrying a basketball. It was my one and only attempt at skipping one of his lectures! He was an amazing teacher and mentor and a beautiful person. He will be missed.
Hello Meddy, Allie, and Sam.
I was so sorry to read of Jack's passing in the paper. In reading his obituary, I was immediately taken back to my days as a student at Mount A (and remember well, Sam, seeing you perched on your dad's shoulders as he walked around campus proudly introducing you to all his students). He was a tough professor, but very fair, and certainly very thought-provoking in the discussions he led. I took every course he taught. And we kept in touch after graduation. He was a reference for me in my first job, and I always stopped for a visit when we were passing through Sackville. Five years after I graduated, we moved back to Sackville, and worked at Mount A. We were Dons of Thornton when Jack was Don of Edwards, and that's when we met you, Meddy. I don't think you need anyone to tell you how happy you made him. Allie's arrival made that happiness completely over the top. Jack was always a besotted father!
I am sorry to say that I lost touch with Jack after our departure from Sackville, although I did run into him once more, a couple of years ago, as I was leaving a building at Mount Saint Vincent after a social function. As I was walking to my car, I saw a man standing some distance away, smoking a cigarette. Although his back was to me, I knew from the way he was standing and staring contemplatively at the sky, that it was Jack, and so I called out to him. He was quite surprised that I recognized him from so far away. He was waiting for Allie, who was at basketball practise I think. We had a lovely chat, and it was really like no time at all had passed - although considering that the last time I saw Allie it was at a football game at Mount A and you were in a stroller, I know that a lot of time had passed!
Jack was a wonderful man, and he will be missed.
Jodi (Murphy) Hutchinson
Dear Meddy and Allie,
Karen and I were very sorry to learn of Jack's death. He was always a delight to work with in my latter years at St Paul's Church. I always enjoyed his intelligent conversation, thoughtfulness, and original perspectives. You are in my prayers.
Meddy, Allie, and Sam,
Remembering my uncle this week, his sense of humor, kindness and generous gestures. I know it doesn't get easier very quickly, but it does get easier eventually. Until then, all my thoughts and love are with you.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
To Sam and his family, we are thinking about you all today, and holding you and Jack in our hearts. Love, Spence and Kristian
Dear Meddy and Allie and Sam, We are thinking of you as you celebrate Jack's life on Friday. He lived it well and made his mark! Sorry not to be with you.
All our love,
Bob & Nancy
Dear Meddy, my deepest condolences to you and yours. I never met your Jack, but do remember meeting your Allie when she was just a small child.
May the strength, love and support of your friends and family sustain you through this very difficult time.
Your childhood next door neighbour and friend, Joanne
Dear Meddy and Allie,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you both during this difficult time. We have fond memories of Jack and especially remember him as a devoted dad and good friend. He was a tremendous help as I began my university career but chatting with him while we waited for our children to finish their afternoons at the Sackville Pre-School gave me a better sense of the wonderful person he was. He will be missed.
Raymond, Wanda, Robert and Ben
Meddy and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Please take care of one another and remember all of the wonderful times.
I was so sorry to see in the paper yestersay that your father had passed away. I send my condolences to you and your family.
Dr. Nancy Lowery
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. This must be a very difficult time for you.
I recall in our discussions over the years how you would refer to your husband and the world of "liturature" and learning. I see now from your husband's obituary how much wonderful involvement he had in so many academic and learning endeavers.
I trust that with God's help you and your family will get through this.
Your friend and colleague,
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.
My sympathies and prayers for John Stanton's loved ones.
John was a firm and solid colleague and friend at Mount Allison
Dear Mary: Thinking of you and your family.
Rod Mackey-New Glasgow
Please accept my sincere condolences. As you know, Jack and I were colleagues in History at Mount A. for many years. And they were enjoyable years with him. I am really saddened that another one of my colleagues has died. I am grateful to Carla for letting me and Justina know.. We remember you and cherish you. God Bless. Peter Penner, Calgary
We were saddened by the news of your husband's passing and wish to convey our heart-felt condolences to you and your family.
Although we did not have the privilege of knowing your Jack, it is obvious from what we have read that he was a great man who accomplished great things in his lifetime and left this world a better place.
If there is anything we can do, please let us know and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
With sincere sympathy,
Dulcie McCallum, Carmen Stuart, Mary Kennedy and Heather Burchill from the Review Office Team
Gerry and I were deeply saddened to hear of Jack's passing. He died on the anniversary of my brother, Jackie's death.
On the occasions that we met Jack we found him to be a true gentleman and we witnessed the very obvious love that he had for you and Allie.
I hope that you and Allie will continue your visits to Big Island and that we will see each other again soon. God bless you both.
Marie and Gerry MacDonald
Meddy: Very sorry to hear the news. My condolences.
I was sorry to read of Jack's passing and of your loss.
Dear Meddy, my deepest sympathies to you all. I have very fond memories of Jack; I well remember Jack's informal guidance and wisdom to the new Chaplain at Mount Allison, which continued when I began teaching here as well. His own personal and academic accomplishments are significant, his contributions to Mount Allison many -- but even more are those many less public acts of kindness, care, and interest in students and colleagues over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you mourn his loss, and celebrate his full and significant life. May peace be with you.
Rev. John C. Perkin
Mount Allison University
Meddy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Dear Mary: Our condolences on Jack's passing. He certainly led a vibrant and productive life - all the more so because of having been able to share it with you these past 24 years.
Kathryn & Peter Meerburg
Meddy - I am so sorry to hear about your loss. The obituary was lovely, as it depicted Jack as a wonderful, intelligent man who gave to his community. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Allie and Samuel at this difficult time.