Jack Metz

July 8, 2024 at 9:09 a.m.


 

 


Jack Metz, dedicated husband, father and grandfather, community servant, beloved Sigma Beta brother, and friend to many, passed away on July 5, 2024.

Jack was born in 1953 to John and Marie Metz and was raised in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia along with his surviving sister, Marie (Mia) Lippert. He is also survived by his loving wife and partner of nearly 30 years Christy, and children Breanne Dubney Metz, Jonathan Daniel Metz and stepdaughter Julianne (Freed) Murillo (son-in-law Robert, granddaughter Camila).

Jack lived most of his adult life in the Harleysville, PA area, and was known as a hard-working community-minded business owner as proprietor of the popular Jack's Village Restaurant. He coached his children's soccer and baseball teams and volunteered with Harleysville Fire Company. Jack is a Charter Life Member of Harleysville Fire Company and was instrumental in the formation of Harleysville Community Ambulance where he served as President. After he closed the restaurant, Jack followed his passion for patient care, studied to become a paramedic and enjoyed 25 years in his second career in medical transportation.

Jack retired in 2017 when Christy's work took them to Seattle, WA. They lived on Bainbridge Island for 4 years where Jack took up target shooting, organic farming and raising their chickens. Jack volunteered with Bainbridge Island Fire Department, teaching community first aid and CPR classes. He also helped educate Island residents on disaster preparedness in partnership with Bainbridge Prepares. As a result of his work, he was elected by the residents of the City of Bainbridge Island to Fire Commissioner in 2019 where he served his term until 2021 when he and Christy followed their dream and moved to Florida.

He received a bachelor's degree from St. Leo University in St Leo, FL in 1975 and remained close with his Sigma Beta brothers for over 50 years, faithfully traveling to annual reunions in Englewood, FL and a big part of why Florida was his final destination. Always a community servant, Jack volunteered on various committees with the Rotonda West Homeowners' Association in Florida and was elected to the Rotonda West Association Board of Directors in 2022 where he proudly served until his passing.

His family always came first, and his friendships were a close second, many of which spanned decades including his childhood friendships from Olney which he cherished deeply.

There are not enough words to express Jack and Christy's heartfelt thanks for the steadfast support of family and friends during these difficult months. Jack and Christy were fortunate to have support throughout Jack's journey, however, many suffering with cancer are unable to work to afford basic living expenses in addition to the cost of cancer treatment. In Jack's memory and in lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation which helps cancer patients with non-medical household expenses.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in the fall, details will be shared on Facebook.

Englewood Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service