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November 03, 2013
Many thanks to Jack's family for the very special memorial Friday evening! Although we were AHS classmates and shared 3 years on the U of M campus, I didn't know Jack all that well. Oh, there were the News columns in which he talked "Alpena" and one or two AHS reunions and finding him on a walk through his AA neighborhood one day. All the memories you shared gave me a wonderful picture of him. And, the presence of classmate Phil Glennie the other night also helped as he reminisced about their friendship in the AHS and U of M days. God's peace and comfort!
November 01, 2013
I was twice blessed by the luck of the Irish because Jack Gillard was my editor at the Des Moines Register and my forever friend. He was a brilliant writer with a wicked wit and a keen eye for the memorable oddball story. Who knew that a front-page story on the misadventures of two fugitive pigs would delight so many readers? Jack did. He was a meticulous editor and mentor whose passion for newspaper excellence was contagious. And as life's narrator, he was the best. Through the years, if I needed a question answered, I didn't Google it. I'd Gillard it in lengthy phone chats. So farewell, Jack. May the good saints protect you and bless you today.
October 31, 2013
Jack was one of the "gang" of kids that hung out in Alpena back in the 50s. His sense of humor was exceptional. I was excited to "find" his column in the Ann Arbor paper some years ago and read it with enjoyment every chance I had. Like many of us from "up north", our lives moved on to many places as we grew older. I shall always remember Jack fondly, as well as the good times we shared. William M.(Bill) Foster. Alpena High school, class of "56"
October 28, 2013
Dear Mary Lou,
I enjoyed seeing Jack from time to time in the Maple Road Kroger store. His columns were one of my favorite Ann Arbor News reads. The column offering choice of slogans for Ann Arbor will live on if only in my mind. Choice humor and a tremendous love for this city lived side by side in your wonderful spouse. Thank you and your family for sharing him with us over the years. We will miss him too.
October 28, 2013
Truly an Ann Arbor icon. Many thanks, Jack, for a lot of laughter and a few tears over the years. Deepest condolences to your family. From a long time admiring fan.
October 28, 2013
Jack possessed a clever imagination in configuring life in A2: " He and is wife, Mary Lou, live near the Michigan Stadium, and in a column in 2008, he compared the six supporting large poles of the new U-M football scoreboard under construction as "comparable in size to the River Rouge industrial smokestacks" in view from east bound I-94 to Detroit. "Thanks to no impediments of reality or even logic, I can present, on first impression, what the consequences might be," he wrote. I hope in Jack's memory (he never spoke of his talent) the Ann Arbor News will publish some of his work before he pushed his last key in 2009.
October 27, 2013
Mary Lou, I can't tell you how saddened I was to see the article in the A2 News. Jack was a "one of a kind" guy, an original and a true newspaper man.
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