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Robert J. Jachowicz Obituary
Robert Joseph Jachowicz, age 84, from Lynn, MA but a longtime resident of Framingham, died peacefully Thursday, May 9, 2013 at his home in Framingham. He was the husband of 63 years to Phyllis M.(Rosicky) Jachowicz, also from Lynn. Bob was the son of the late Joseph and Emily (Lovely) Jachowicz. He was a graduate and standout football player at Lynn English High School and won a four year full scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. Bob had an extensive, fulfilling career in Framingham as an educator, coach and artist. Following college he began teaching and coaching in the Framingham School System as an 8th grade teacher at the Framingham Middle School, now the Danforth Museum. He worked for over 40 years at Framingham High then Framingham South High in many teaching roles, from English to Chemistry to Earth Science to Art and finished his career as the Art Department Director. Bob started and oversaw the Variety Shows and was given charge of stage and set design for the high school musicals while doing the art design on the program books. He is best remembered as a football coach and was the head football coach for Framingham High School and later Framingham South High. His coaching career started in 1951 and spanned 30 years, some 23 years as head coach and he, along with his wife, would host a party every year on the Wednesday night before the Thanksgiving game, where many former players and coaches would meet and the mystery female caller always dialed him up. He was a member and former president of the Framingham Teachers Association, where he worked diligently for equal pay rights for all educators in Framingham. Bob also held dear to his heart the works of Metrowest Human Services | ARC of South Middlesex, where he formerly served as President. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Salute to Framingham honor for his many contributions to the betterment of education in Framingham. He was inducted into the MA Coaches Hall of Fame and the Lynn English Hall of Fame. Bob developed many lifelong friendships and bonds and always had a smile or story to share or a song to sing. Many may remember the Friday night singing group at various restaurants in Framingham that started at Kens and is still going strong at Imperial China, the former May Garden. Reggie, Eddie and Bob were the mainstays of the Friday night harmonies. Besides his wife, Phyllis, he is survived by his children, Crispin Jachowicz and his wife Donna of Framingham; Robert P. Jachowicz and his wife Naomi of Southborough; Joann Jachowicz of Framingham; John Jachowicz and his wife Jennifer of Bedford, NH, James Jachowicz and his wife Donna of Southborough, Claudia Bonvouloir and her husband Paul. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Katelyn, Jessica Newton and her husband Jason; Meredith, Michele, Joseph, Michael, Cassandra, Emily, Benjamin, Nolan and Jannelle Jachowicz and two great grandchildren, Matthew Blanchard and Tyler Newton. A memorial celebration of Bobs life was held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Eagles on Park Street in Framingham. At the familys request there will be no funeral home visiting hours. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St., Framingham, MA 01702. For online guestbook, please log on to www.nortonfuneralhome.com Bob loved dogs and cats and found a sense of joy in helping those who cannot speak for themselves. If desired, in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Bobs memory may be made to Baypath Humane Society, 5 Rafferty Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748. www.baypathhumane.org.

Published in The Framingham Tab from May 12 to May 19, 2013
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