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Jack Jacob
George Garfinkle
It is with regret that we announce the passing of Jack Jacob George Garfinkle 77, of Canton on Dec. 16, 2012, wonderful husband, father, uncle, son, brother, friend. He was an avid sportsman and automobile executive with over 40 years of employment with Eppy's Chevrolet as General Manager. He was a graduate of McKinley High School, and General Motors University of Automobile Management.
Jack was born to his parents, Mary (Press) and Hyman Garfinkle on July 24, 1935, the mutual birthday of his wife, Elaine. Survived by his loving wife, Elaine Margolis Garfinkle, who he married on Dec. 27, 1959 and would have celebrated 53 years of marriage; and beloved daughter, Marcia Lizabeth Garfinkle; niece, Sandra Asael and brother-in-law, Jack Asael; and sister-in-law, Lt. Colonel (Retired) Cyrene Ellen Margolis. Preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary and Hyman Garfinkle; his sister, Rose Asael; his nephew, Mark Asael, and brother, Lt. Max Garfinkle, U.S. Navy who died in World War II, in the South Pacific on Sept. 2, 1944 at 24 years of age, when Jack was only seven years old, and his parents-in-law, Dora Adelman Margolis and Clifford Margolis.
Jack was a member of Shaaray Torah Synagogue. He participated in Canton Jewish Center sports. He was captain of the championship 1952 Midwest basketball team. In 1953 he was awarded most valuable player of all Jewish Center Leagues. He played varsity tackle for the McKinley High School football team and in the 1950s besides basketball for the center he played fumble ball in the Canton City Leagues. During the 1960s, he played softball at the Center and was on the B'nai Brith's men's championship bowling leagues. During the 70's, he was the Colleagues Club Class B gold champion, a member of the championship golf team, and Class B racquetball champion of the center. He was the former chairman of the Canton Jewish Center Health Club, and enjoyed belonging to Arrowhead Country Club where he played golf and tennis and swam until the last few years. He was awarded the Sanford- Furman Sports Award in 1994 for contributing to the CJCC athletic programs. He also enjoyed swimming and walking with his daughter, Marcia until a few months ago and went to the North Canton YMCA regularly.
Jack along with his wife and daughter owned the Stark Jewish News for several years in the 70's and 80's, until it was sold to the Canton Jewish Federation in 1983. The family also owned Marce Publishers, Inc., Canton Writing Services, and Leo Research unlimited. The family also donated to the Canton Jewish Federation an Informal History of the Canton Jewish Community 1870-2012 in 80 binders of information about the Jewish Community from the Garfinkle, Adelman and Margolis families and is being used as a resource center.
Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Please no home visits, but telephone calls will be accepted. Donations may be made to Shaaray Torah Synagogue, or to the .
Arnold, 330-456-7291

Published in The Repository on Dec. 18, 2012
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