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Jack Eiel 1937 - 2013
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January 14, 2014
Lauren, this is Kathryn (Holbrook) Taubert. I found a photo of the four of us taken at Lake George and thought I'd try to find you. I was so sorry to come across this notice. My heart goes out to you and the family. I live in Rainbow Springs, FL, now, also widowed (again). Funny how we lived so close and never knew it. You can find me on Facebook under "Kathryn McDonald Taubert" if you want to reconnect after all these years. Hugs to you all. Kathryn
November 22, 2013
Dear Lauren and family,
Jack was a really nice man and always made us feel welcome when we visited you in Ridgewood. We will always remember him. Our prayers go out to you, Rick, Deb, Doug,Kelly, John, Meg, George, and all his wonderful grandchildren that loved him very much. We are so sorry for your loss...... our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time
November 22, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear that Jack has passed. I would love to hear Jack tell story after story and joke after joke when we'd be traveling together to medical trade shows. He always had good one and was so good at telling them. Plus Jack was a great man, honest, friendly, and fair. He will be missed but I am glad I was able to know him. I wish the best to Jack's surviving family.
November 21, 2013
Meg, Lauren and Family:

So sorry. Jack and Dad will always be by your side if you keep him in your hearts each and every day.
November 20, 2013
I met Jack working at the boats at Downtown Disney. Great guy, he will be missed by our Sassagoula family.
November 19, 2013
I was very saddened at the news of Jacks passing. We were classmates and friends at Osage High School. Truly a gentleman and a fine person, I am just so sorry for your loss.
Sandy (Otteson) VonBerg, Clovis Ca.
November 18, 2013
Dear Lauren,

Losing Jack so quickly after spending a great week with you two in July leaves us all puzzled that life can be so fragile. You know Jack was my brother in life. I feel so fortunate to have had Jack as my friend from 5th grade on. He was such a positive influence on me growing up. He always had optimistic thoughts to share about all the trials in life and never allowed those around him to loose their spirit when faced with tough challenges. His sense of humor was a marvelous tool which he used so effectively to warm our hearts when he sensed others were sad. If you were also lucky enough to know Jack's parents, Doc Merrill and Little but Mighty Maggie you certainly understand why Jack was such a remarkable man! I join the Eiel family in celebrating the life of Jack Eiel.
November 18, 2013
Dearest Lauren, Meg, Doug, Rick and John; I remember you all so fondly, and am thankful for the warm love your husband and father had for all of us Elvidges. When we were together for my brother John's rehearsal dinner, it was as though time had not advanced one day...we might as well have been in Ridgewood -- or Lake George. He was a warm, loving, kind man...a blessing to all who knew him, I'm sure. I loved reading about his work during his "retirement"; I hope we all leave as meaningful a legacy as he. Warmest regards, Elizabeth Elvidge Nelson
November 18, 2013
We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Eiel's passing. He was such a sweet man. I remember how welcoming he was when we came to your home in Ridgewood. We were glad he made it to our wedding too. I know that must have been a proud moment for him to see John as Doug's best man. There are many wonderful memories that Doug talks about. He treated my husband like a son. He will be missed.

~ Doug & Christie Waldmann
November 18, 2013
Lauren So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I have such great memories of our summer's at Bellwood, and then later when you were our neighbors on "E" dock at Harris Bay. Such a nice man...he will be missed by many.
November 17, 2013
Jack was one of the "cool" guys in our Osage class of 1956 and Apparently he continued to be a top notch pillar of the community. I am so sorry for your loss and that he didn't live to be 100...he was a shining example of what we should all strive to be in life. Pure class. Sending loving condolences to you for your loss. From an old classmate ... Polly Merritt
November 17, 2013
We lived down the street in Ridgewood from the Eiel's. Rick and I were best buddies and spent plenty of time at each other's houses. I would spend some time at Lake George with them and the memories of those times shape my memories of Jack (Mr. Eiel at that time).
One year I drove up from Ridgewood to Lake George with Jack to spend a week with Rick. He had a Thunderbird, it was '77 I think, and we listened to Bill Cosby, on the cassette deck, the whole way. Boy did we laugh! I don't think we said a word to each other but I sure had a great time. I always remember him and that trip when I see or hear Bill Cosby.
One time at Lake George, Rick and I went out on an early morning fishing trip with Jack. I was not a 'fishing' guy, so this was all quite new. We were using some sort of bait, it was like minnows or something slimy, and I was really uncomfortable putting it on the hook. Needless to say every time I put the bait on and put my rod into the water, the bait quickly either fell off or was easily snatched by eager fish. So it seemed like I was putting my line in the water and pulling it out soon after with no bait and no fish over and over. So, without completely embarrassing me, Jack just casually walked over and put the bait on himself. I was very relieved as I didn't want to seem like a wuss about slimy stuff, and he quietly fixed the problem without a fuss. I was very relieved!
It was a pleasure to know him and an honor to be considered part of the family. The world is a better place because he was and will always be part of my life and memory and that of so many others who had the luck to know him.
John Elvidge
November 16, 2013
A great man with a heart as big as life itself. I feel blessed to have known him.
November 16, 2013
Knew Jack briefly from Rotary and always enjoyed talking to him and thought he was a wonderful person. Prayers and comdolenses to you all.
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