Jack Schierenbeck, 71
Celebrated columnist, loving father
Jack Schierenbeck, 71, writer, activist, loving father and husband, died peacefully with his family on Sunday, February 28th, 2021, in Brooklyn, New York.
As a writer, Jack was a celebrated columnist for the United Federation of Teachers. His regular column, Labor Days, chronicled the American labor movement and the struggles of working people.
Prior to his time at the UFT, Jack wore many hats: as a political scientist, as a freelance writer and activist, and as a drug counselor at Camelot, on Staten Island.
Born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to Arthur and Mary Patricia Schierenbeck (Keane), Jack moved to Staten Island as a young man, attending Monsignor Farrell High School and the University of Texas. In the 1980s, Jack owned and operated a nightclub on Staten Island, the Office, which hosted famous acts, such as Sly and the Family Stone. In the 1990s, he returned to his native Brooklyn, settling in Park Slope.
Jack is survived by his wife, Barbara, and his children, Alec (Alexandra), Wes, and Anna. A celebration of Jack's life will follow in the summer.
Published in Staten Island Advance on Mar. 2, 2021.