I certainly remember Jack Twyman in the NBA.He was a terrific,hard working player.
I remember having his 1957-58 Topps Basketball card.My deepest sympathy to his wife and family.
Jack Twyman was a boyhood idol of mine. He represented everything good about the game. It was not only his basketball skills but his genuine love and care for a fellow human being that defined his greatness. The world was a better place because.of Jack Twyman.
My deepest sympathy to his family.
This man was in the Hall of Fame of Humanity. Byrne Clearwater,Fl.
I grew up spending Sundays and holidays in the house next door on Sacramento St. Jack and my father were 2nd cousins. I remember dunking basketballs, sitting on Jack's shoulders in the dirt lot across the street. I remember Jack and Ned emptying a stuffed animal vendor's stock at a free throw shooting concession at the amusement park in Ligonier. My last memory is of Jack and Carole walking away one night in Sheriden, after a family gathering, eldest daughter between them barely able to hold their hands and keep her feet on the ground. I have always been proud to say that Jack and I were related, if even so distantly. My sincerest condolences to all of the family.
How lucky I was to be a classmate, friend and admirer of Jack Twyman.
TO THE TWYMAN FAMILY- SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I WANT TO SHARE A WONDERFUL HOPE THAT HAS COMFORTED ME, A TIME WHEN NO RESIDENT WILL SAY "i AM SICK" THE PEOPLE THAT ARE DWELLING IN THE LAND WILL BE THOSE PARDONED FOR THEIR ERROR,"
Mr. Twyman was an angel while he lived on earth. Therefore I'm sure he fits right in on that "team" in heaven. God bless him for the kindness he showed his fellow man. May God bless, comfort and keep The Twyman Family!
Dear Carole: Ray died of dementia in Oct. 2009. I remember when you stressed over your mother's passing. I can't imagine the sorrow your family is experiencing, but I know how I prayed for Ray to go to God. He'll be w/a large group welcoming Jack.
I pray for you & the children.
My sincere condolences to the family of Jack Twyman.May God be with you.
A great player on the court and an even greater player in the game of life. I first learned about Maurie Stokes and Jack in the movie, "Maurie." Deepest sympathies to all who loved, knew, and cared about both men.
My deepest sympathy to the entire family, let God be for you a refuge and strength to help you copy during the difficult times ahead, may He provide you with peace and comfort . Psalms 46:1
Dear Carole . . . my sincere condolances
to you and your family on Jacks passing. I remember the many good times we enjoyed
in the mid 50's at the Hastie home. I only saw Jack about once every 10 years but was always proud to say I knew him
because he personified what it was to be
a great human being. Ed Bludau
I saw firsthand the kind of person Twy was. When I was 12 or 13 I took a bus to the Cinti Gardens for a Saturday practice that was open to kids. Afterwards, a couple other guys told me that Twyman lived in their neighborhood (Mt. Airy), which was just a mile or two past where I lived in Northside. Let's ask him for a ride home, one of them suggested! And unlike today where pro athletes are totally unapproachable, we walked right up and asked him, and he said sure, why not. But what made the biggest impression on me was when he dropped me off, I asked if he could wait until I got in the house to tell my mom, so she'd know I wasn't making it up. He did as I asked and didn't leave until he saw her waving to him. A true gentleman and classy individual
Condolences to Carole and family. I have fond memories of our Friarhurst days. Jack was a kind, generous and thoughtful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you.
This is the text of a note I sent to Douglas Martin, who wrote the notice in the NYT -- perhaps more appropriate for the family:
Comments:Thank you for your warm reportage on the death of Jack Twyman. His mother was my second grade teacher at now-defunct St Josaphat School in Pittsburgh. We rugrats "met" this giant when he came to our classroom; he had a brother (Ned) who was a basketball star at Duquesne, and who I think was selected by the Celtics during the Russell-Cousy-Sharman era. Mrs Twyman would tell us how her sons slept with their basketballs...
The Maurice Stokes event occurred when I was in middle school, but at Catholic school, we were well aware of Jack Twyman's commitment to aid his fallen teammate & comrade. I can recall Stokes' death years later.
Head trauma such as his still occurs commonly enough, but awareness and technology have moved us well ahead of the state of the art in the 1950's. Some of that is owed to people like Jack Twyman, who responded to more than medical urgency, and gave us an unforgettable example of dedication, caring, and enduring friendship.
So -- thank you for the memory.
Paul R. Mazur, MD, MPH
Had the privilege of meeting Jack several years in Dayton at a Super Foods GMS show where my former employer, Bob Kammeyer won an autographed Jack Twyman basketball. Jack was a fine man & great humanitarian. RIP
I was a kid of about 16 when I first started watching NBA games on ABC in the mid 60s with Mr. Twyman as the commentator on the telecast. Since that time, I have judged all other TV analysts by the standards set by his work.
Everyone has a little piece of God in them. Mr. Twyman did a lot with that little piece. I was always so impressed with his relationship to Maury Stokes. My guess is Maury is dunking over Jack now and both are having a good laugh about it.
My condolences to his family.
God blessed us with Jack, whose love for his fellowman should be emulated by each of us.
My father had a face-to-face with Mr. Twyman back in the 60's. They were in a buffet line, and Jack apparently went ahead of my father.
Dad got mad and lit into Jack. My mother was horrified, since Jack was 6'6" and Dad was about 5'11". The outcome was that Mr. Twyman apologized and admitted he should have waited.
He was very gracious, apologetic, and a perfect gentleman. Dad never liked basketball, but from that day on, my Mother and I were HUGE Jack Twyman fans.
I followed the Royals at the Gardens (I'm 70), and never heard or read a negative comment about Jack Twyman.
He will truly be missed.
Our condolences to Carole and family.
Jack and I were friends at the University
of Cincinnati, and we were Officers in the Army, stationed at Fort Bliss, Tx. Over the last 60 years he has always been
special, always the great athlete, always
the great humanatarian, and always a kind
and thoughtful gentleman. He was an inspirartion to all who knew him. May he rest in peace, with a life well lived.
Erv Single, Denver, Colorado
I did not know him, but I read the story of how he cared for his teammate and I want to say that I admired his determination and heart. God used him for a time to help someone else. Truly great story
Just missed having Jack as an ROTC student; however, one of his team mates knowing I was from Rochester where Jack was playing got us together with his wife Carole to enjoy a few beers. I was so impressed with Jack that I regretted not knowing him earlier when he was at UC, a beloved individual there, too.
Tony De Angelis
To the family and friends of Jack Twyman. May the God of all comfort be with you all during this time of bereavement. It's hard to cope when a love one dies. So through your prayer God can help you all to cope and have peace during this sad time.
The basketball world has lost an MVP. May God bless him for all that he has done for all of us.
i remember watching Jack play in person one time when the Cincinnati Royals played the Minneapolis Lakers. I had read about his devotion to Maurice Stokes.
One of Cincinnati's greatest athletes and truly fine man. Sorry to hear of his passing.
I remember as a youth watching Jack Twyman when he played with the Cincinnati Royals. Not only was Jack Twyman a great basketball player, he was a great man. He showed us that living life meant serving others. At a time the word "hero" is used rather loosely, Jack Twyman really is a true hero.
My uncle Tom Marshall played with Mr. Twyman at Cincinnati. What a class act Mr.Tyman was. I would't trade him for a dozen present day NBA players.
Carole and family My Condolences.
I'm one of the lucky ones to have known Jack personally. Growing up in Crafton, the pick-up games at 2nd Ward school were something to see.
Remember playing baseball in the Crafton Church league with Jack, Bill Donahue and Pauly Montgomery. Went to Honus Wagners to find Jack some spikes and the clerk asked, "What size?" Jack said 14's and the clerk said "how about two 7's?". Also remember the Summer League in Pgh against Ned Fleming, Chuck Cooper and one of the Ricketts boys. We got our butts whipped regularly.Also remember the shoot around at the Gardens with Jack, Maurice and Dr Bill Donahue so many years ago.Some great times with a truly Great Man I know you will miss him.
To the Twyman family, my condolences on the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. May he rest in peace.
Mr. Twyman was a friend of my neighbor (Dick Eubanks in Fort Mitchell KY) growing up in the 1960's. My brother and I will forget having an NBA superstar playing a pick-up game with us wearing his business suit and wingtip shoes. He even DUNKED in his wingtips. Few, if any NBA players (then or now) would be so kind as to play basketball with kids like us.
We've all read the well known stories of his greatness. I just wanted to share my memories of a simple act of kindness by a great man almost 50 years ago.
Rest in peace, Mr. Twyman. You've earned it (a long time ago).
Carole and I were "teammate wives" back in the Cincinnati Royals days. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
We praying for Jack and the Twyman family. We live in the mid hudson valley where Jack visited and organized the Stokes game for many years. We also fondly remember his days as an announcer with Chris Schenkel. They both made Sundays special.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
My condolence to the family
Easily a starter on heavens first team. Rip.
Beautiful Story of love and friendship between Twyman and Stokes. An atlas for what the world need today. May you rest in sweet peace. Together again.
I had the great privledge of being one of Jack's pilots while he was CEO of Superfoods in Dayton, OH.
What a terriffic and outstanding individual he was to all lucky enough to know him. I have had correspondence with Jack many times throughout the past 30 years and and he has always remained the same consistent and outstanding individual in whenever I would be in the Dayton/Cinci area he would make the time to meet with us for a nice lunch and to catch up on times.
I'm sure I have not shocked anyone by the comments about my long time friend Jack as I just know that when I'm headed to the area from Michigan and want to call to meet with him, I will certainly miss him not being able to pick up the phone, shoot the breeze and then set the lunch time to meet.
I will sadly miss a dear, dear father image/mentor and friend to all!
My condolences to Carol, Jay and the entire Twyman family.
Sincerely God bless
What a beautiful soul and spirit! Our hearts go out to Jack Twyman's family. They are in our prayers.
---Wink Twyman and family
Jack and I went to Central Catholic High in Pittsburgh where he excelled with his team in basketball. When we were much younger, in Sheraden(Corless), we played basketball wherever we could find a hoop-even making our own with a basket attached to a pole. He was a great guy and a great friend with a wonderful family. I remember his brother Ned and his father "Sky" watching us as we played. All that practice helped him perfect his "fade-away" shot. Many happy memories! Condolences to his family.
"I heard the story during the celtics game tonight, I went to the computer and looked this up right away. I felt very moved by the story of Maurice and Jack, this world has lost a great man. I think we all would be in agreement that there are not enough men like Jack Twyman in this world today."
Reading the stories about Jack and the Stokes family, wow what a great human being. Rest in peace sir, time now to rest, job well done my servant.
Jack Twyman should be a charter member of the Kindness Hall of Fame.
My sympathy to this Hall of Fame husband , father,Granfather and freind to so many.Michael Eldred (Coventry , Vermont)
Condolences to the Twyman family. All of the IGA retailers feel like we have lost a family member also! My dad T.W. "Bill Johnston always called Jack, "Jackson". We were family in business working and playing as one.
The family of T.W. "Bill" Johnston
It is with great sadness that my family learned of the passing of Jack. My father, Terro, who was Maurice Stokes brother is now 85 and mourning the loss of such a great friend to Maurice and our family. God Bless Carole and her family.
Jack Twyman was to the NBA what Stan Musial was to Baseball. Great player, greater man.
Jack & I played one on one at the old men's gym at U C. I would get the ball one time- Jack 9.The BIG O's first visit to U C was also to the old gym. Jack & Oscar entertained us with several games. Going to the shower both Players had blood all over there trunks. Jack said "IF U C does not get this KID, they are crazy". Before each game on the road with the Royals, Jack would take a walk. In N.Y. I ask if I could go along. Jack took Me to CHURCH. RIP MY FRIEND.
Wayne Stevens, Ocala, Fl.
Boozer,Mo, and Jack. What a reunion! I idolized him through my high school years. Great two handed set shot! My condolences to his family. This is the time when the word hero should be used.
Jack may have been a superstar in basketball but he was an even better person, friend, and good soul. The world has lost a wonderful human being and he will be missed by many. God bless you Jack!!
Although I was a St. Louis Hawk fan back then, I certainly had a lot of respect for Mr. Twyman and that respect only grew after his NBA days. Not only a credit to the sport, Jack Twyman was a credit to his country. Jack had a remarkable high arcing jump shot that I will always remember. Jim Turk, Farmington, MO
As a kid growing up w/Jack & his brother Ned,I am saddened to hear of his passing..I can still remember him shooting hoops by streetlights 1/2 block from my house. when in the service overseas in the '50's, when I got the "Stars & Stripes" newspaper, I always looked first at what Jack was doing in the games. Altho I haven't seen Jack in many years I always thought of him..RIP
As a kid growing up w/Jack & his brother Ned,I am saddened to hear of his passing..I can still remember him shooting hoops by streetlights 1/2 block from my house. When in the service overseas in the '50's, when I got the "Stars & Stripes" newspaper, I always looked first at what jack was doing in the games. altho I haven't seen Jack in many years I always thought of him..RIP
Jack was the best at whatever he did...basketball ,humanitarian ,CEO of SUPER FOODS INC etc Bob Kunz former Super Foods Orlando employee
Carole and Family,
God be with you at this time of sorrow. Know that Kathy and I have you in our prayers along with thousands who loved and respected Jack. He will be forever my friend, mentor and a man I was so very proud to call a “best friend”. I am so thankful to have known him, enjoyed rounds of golf with him and so appreciated his wise counsel. His leadership in Super Foods made it possible for entrepreneurs to grow. I and our entire company, Fresh Encounter, Inc. salute Jack for all that he has done for us and for the grocery industry.
In the late 1940's my brother Tommy and I would walk from our house, on Merwyn Ave. in Sheraden,to the Twyman's on Sacramento Ave (two blocks away) to watch professional wrestling. Tommy was a classmate of JK's at Central Catholic. JK's younger brother, Ned, and I would sit three feet from the TV; JK and Tommy would sit on the couch at a more sensible distance. I also remember being told that, on the Friday morning following the big Thanksgiving snow of 1949, JK and his pick-up team cleared three feet of snow, with shovels, from the Harwood school yard in order to shoot hoops. As far back as I can remember JK stood out as a wonderful person long before he became a basketball great.
We will never forget him.
By the way, my brother Tommy takes credit for forcing JK to develop his trademark "fade-away" shot by crowding him in their games at Harwood school yard.
My condolences to the Twyman family. I had an offer to join Jack and his wife for dinner at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts back in 2007, but I had already had plans for that evening. I regret that I could have spent the evening with a legend and a true gentleman. My prayers to the extended Twyman family. Anthony Andersen
Jack was a great friend, and always near when the need was greatest. The people of Peck's Addition in Hamilton, Ohio can attest to that.
I remember watching Jack Twyman, Big Mo, Bobby Davies, Bobby Wanzer,etc. play at old Edgerton Park in Rochester with my dad in the 1950's. Great thrills and great memories of my dad and the Royals. Thank You Jack Twyman.
ONE OF THE ORIGINAL GREATS! RIGHT UP THERE WITH DOLPH SCHAYES AND BOB PETIT! R.I.P. JACK AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR CARE OF OTHERS! GARY TANCREDI WINTER HAVEN, FL.
I remember Jack and Carole Twyman from the days at Friarhurst and following him as a devoted basketball fan. He was always kinder and larger than life in all the most Christian ways!!
One of My Favorite All Time People Sam Jackson Sr
My deepest sympathy to the Twyman family. Fond memories of spending time with his children at Blue Ash Y. My prayers go out to all of you. Hope he's up in heaven shooting hoops with Mr Wheeler. God bless.
My best friend Med Park was Jacks teammate on the Royals I met Jack thru him What a nice man and the greatest smile anyone could have His sense of humor helped make him the man he way. Gene Sally rancho Mirage ca
R.I.P. God bless you and your loved ones.
Jack was the best. I'll never forget when he scored 47 to beat number one Dayton and Big Bill Uhl. His devotion as Maurice Stokes' guardian showed what kind of guy Jack was off the court. God bless his memory.
My father was a high school teammate of Maurice Stokes at Westinghouse H.S. in Pittsburgh,Pa.. I was introduced to Mr. Twyman & Mr. Stokes at the Daper Dan H.S. All-Star game in 1977. I have heard numerous stories about both of those GREAT men, that I will forever cherish. He was a Big man with a BIGGER heart! My prayers go out to your family.
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Jack was a basketball broadcaster for the NBA when I was a kid. In those days, before the advent of cable t.v., there was only one NBA game on television per week. Not only did I look forward to watching that solitary NBA game on Sunday's, I also looked forward to hearing the commentary of Jack Twyman. He had a great smile and an engaging personality. He projected warmth and friendliness and I was always happy to welcome him into my home via the television. May the soul of your dearly departed rest in peace. Well done Jack Twyman.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Romans 15:5
never meet the man but from what i heard truely a man of god my prayers go out to the family
My thoughts and prayers are with the Twyman family.
He was involved later in business as a CEO of a company called Super Foods, but the true super person was Jack Twyman. He was one of the most classy and humble persons ever, and was totally devoted to Maurice Stokes and his well-being. I saw him play with the Royals, and he was an outstanding team player. He was purely remarkable.
I worked with Jack in the early 60s. He was a CLASS act. My prayers to him and the family
CHARLES DURKIN (Poinciana,Fl.
Jack didn't need basketball to be a winner. His life set an example for all us. He was what God had in mind when he
he started all this.
Thanks Mr. Twyman or making Sunday afternoons a fun time to watch NBA basketball! Also thanks for being a caring first and then a basketball player. Great role model!!!
I remember Jack. A fine man and a great player.
GOD BLESS R.I.P.
Now, because of Jack's love for his fellow man, God is his guardian for all eternity.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jack and Chris Schenkel brought the NBA into our home. as youngsters we thought they were the best. Jack was a special person for his work and guidance with Maurice Stokes. the fundraiser game played in Sullivan county for many years with NBA stars was always given top press in the TIMES HERALD RECORD in Middletown,ny. more events like that are needed .
A tremendous basketball player, and an even greater man. Loved to watch him play. Thanks for all he did for Maurice and others. So sorry for your loss.
Lee (B.C. Canada)
I would suggest that those who don't know much about Jack Twyman view the speech he made for his friend Maurice Stokes. I knew a little but his speech gives a lot of insight to why he was so well respected. Search Naismith HOF acceptance for Maurice Stokes.
Jack is now in the only Hall of Fame the truly counts. God bless him and his family. He and Maurice Stokes are now together forever. They both embodied the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and their maker.
RIP, Jack - An alumnus of St. Francis College who attended Maurice Stokes' funeral and met Mr. Twyman at that time back in 1970.
I was in grade school when I first herd about Jack Tyman. I was a reader of Sport magazine and read the story about "Mo" and Jack. What a story from God, true love and friendship.
MANY DAYS LISTENING TO THE ROYALS GAMES ON THE RADIO. NO TV YET...WHAT A THRILL TO FINALLY GET ONE AND WATCH JACK PLAY. MY CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY.
A man among men who rose above others as he helped a teammate in need. Jack Twyman was the consummate gentleman and humanitarian caring for Mo Stokes as he did. He had a sweet jumper and all around game. God bless you, Jack. May you rest in peace for eternity.
To Lisa and family,
Deepest sympathy for your loss. Thank you for the memories of grade school at St. James, your father's kindness and the Cincinnati Royals game we were so fortunate to attend as children.
God will take care,keep your head up. Family is everything.
Rest in peace Jack Twyman....You've earned it.
When I was 15 I got Mr. Twyman's autograph after a game in
San Francisco on which he had worked the broadcast. I did
not know at the time the remarkable things about him that
separated him from the average great basketball player. I do not know if I still have that autograph somewhere. But I
treasure the recollection of having been close, for just a few moments, to such a truly great person. May he rest in
I am so sorry for your loss, all of you!!!! My dad loved your husband/dad so very much and it is just heartbreaking that we have lost them both. I can only pray for God's peace to comfort you. I know they are both in heaven awaiting all of us!!!!!
Love to ALL of you,
Hey Marian & Jay,
Wishing you and your family peace and love during this time of sadness. Hoping your memories of your time with this lovely guy and your family will see you through.
With best regards from a fellow Buckeye,
My condolences to the Twyman family during this time of deep sorrow. May the Father of tender mercies help you all to cope and endure these difficult days.
Great player, extraordinary role model and wonderful person.
Jack will be sorely missed, but so many have benefited greatly as he passed through our lives.
May God bless his memory and comfort the family.
To family, friends, fans, teammates, and anyone else who I forgot to mention, I am truly sorry about your loss. Jack Twyman was a great man, and I know how you feel, since my grandmother has also passed on. With deepest condolences, please remember that Jack will always be with you.
With deepest condolences to the Twyman family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1...God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
My father played with Jack in high school for the Central Catholic Apaches in Pittsburgh. He still talks about Jack and their 58-0 record. He is so proud to be part of that team. Rest in peace.
Dear Michele and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I always admired how close and loving your family was and still is.
I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the God of peace.
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that God is not unfaithful so as to forget fine works done by others in his name (Heb. 6:10)
To the Family,
I have heard many complimentary things about Jack Twyman today on sports radio. It seems that longtime NBA fans remember his kindness and humanity. You were lucky to have him for 78 years in your lives.
I remember growing up and hearing the story of Maurice Stokes and how Jack helped him. As a Celtic fan, it was difficult to cheer for another NBA team but, because of Jack Twyman's character, I did, every time Cincinnati played someone other than Boston. It appears he was a remarkable individual for many other reasons, as well and lots of people who might not send a condolence still feel the same; hopefully this will bring some comfort to the Twyman family.
Sympathy & kindest regards to the Twyman family & friends wherever they may be.
God bless 1 & all. "Thanks for the memories" is a time worn chiche, but it fits like a glove. Take care.
Boozer,Bockhorn,Embry,Twyman and Robertson..