Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre introduces readers to Edward Rochester, a gentleman who was intelligent, quiet, shy and yet had a breadth of interests. Jane describes him as “Singular.” Over the fifteen years that I knew Jack I found him to be Singular. Jack was never one to promote himself nor to amplify his skills yet, he was a fine musician, a motorcycle racer, a dedicated craftsman (built his own home) and a gifted sculptor of stone. It wasn’t well known but Jack’s amazing history included service in the Marines during WW II. Due to his small stature he really drew the short straw and became a specialist in clearing the tunnels on the Pacific Islands.
Jack loved the Rogue Valley Flyers and was a tireless supporter of the club’s activities. Some of the old-timers have vivid pictures of Jack’s beloved MGA. He applied his imagination, waved his magic wand and “voila” it became an airplane, complete with wings, tail feathers and engines. It was entered over several years in the Boatnik parade through the center of town. He loved building airplanes and, equally, he loved teaching young people to fly. As the club engaged in many community events he was the first to put his hand in the air and ask “what needs to be done?” Today there are many young people in the Grants Pass community who have fond memories of a kind old man who patiently worked with them in achieving their first solo with an R/C aircraft.
We extend our condolences to Jack’s lovely wife Norma who was supporting Jack through his final hours. With heavy hearts but with countless, wonderful memories we say farewell to Jack Schaefer, a Singular man.
Recent RVF activities -- On the Fly
RVF bid a fond farewell to Jack Medina as he and Kathy point their rigs toward Kansas to be closer to their daughter and family. Jack was RVF's one-man welcoming committee, always with a big smile and a hand extended. Jack, we'll miss you - - Save Travels!
John Anderson took his DJI Phantom to South Valley to give the students a presentation on how drones are becoming a big part of our society - from fire fighting to agriculture. The youngsters were impressed.