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John G. "Jack" Grace The United States flag does not wave because the wind had blown past it. The United States flag flies from the last breath of each American soldier who died protecting it. On Saturday, January 18, 2014, the bugles echoed "Day is done, gone the sun...thanks and praise for our days...as we go, this we know, God is nigh." John G. "Jack" Grace drew his last breath and passed away at Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville at the age of 65. The world will little note, not long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. Jack was born in the "City of Brotherly Love" and was a stubborn but selfless father and friend. At his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961 President John F. Kennedy said: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country...." Jack G. Grace responded with valor and heroism. He upheld the American ideals of freedom in the U.S. Army as part of the elite Green Beret Special Forces, defending our country during Vietnam, Grenada, the invasion of Panama and the War in the Persian Gulf. After 29 years Jack was honorably discharged a decorated war veteran who had received, among others, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with "V", a Purple Heart with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and a Gallantry Cross medal. Mr. Grace graduated with a B.S. from the University of Maryland in 1973. Jack worked as a bartender and loved trivia. He was unbeatable at Trivial Pursuit, wrote trivia books and collected prized baseball cards. Jack was a member and Past Commander of the now defunct VFW Post 691 Keystone Lorraine in Drexel Hill and was also a member of the American Legion and Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA). Survivors: His children: Ashley Wright, David Hardin and Kim Hardin. He is the proud grandfather of: Emily, Cadence, Seamus, Payton Wright and Joseph Hardin. He is also survived and will be sadly missed by his siblings: Daniel, Steven and James Grace, Brian Connors and Shaun Connors as well as his many nieces, nephews and friends. Services: Relatives and friends are invited to join the Grace family to remember Jack, celebrate the fun of trivia, the nostalgia of baseball cards and pay tribute to valor and heroism on Friday afternoon, between 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., at the Spencer T. Videon Life Celebration Home, 400 Shadeland Ave., Drexel Hill, where a ceremony of remembrance will begin at 7:00 p.m. Inurnment and military honors: Will take place at Arlington National Cemetery privately. To share your loving memories, please visit: www.lifecelebration.com 1-800-GIVNISH
Published in The Daily Times on Jan. 22, 2014
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