Tribute to Jack Heimowitz

By Robin Loving Rowland

Friend to many, neighbor to some, beloved volunteer Jack Heimowitz passed away recently after a brief illness. Many have sent tributes to this good man who worked tirelessly for Jóvenes Adelante from his well-warmed perch at the Biblioteca where he met with university scholarship students whom he mentored, sponsored, and taught English.

“Jack was a total delight: erudite, funny and a dedicated and generous teacher even after he retired, although I guess he never really retired. I will miss him.”

Susi Beere

“Jack was a loyal supporter of Jóvenes Adelante from the early years of the organization. He sponsored students, providing financial support for their university careers; he helped students learn English so they would have better job opportunities; and he was a faithful, loyal mentor to students. We will miss him.”

Sue Leonard

“I’d see Jack every Saturday at the library. He taught and coached so many people, I didn’t know which ones were his assigned mentees and/or sponsees. He flirted with all the girls and often jokingly accused me of stealing his girlfriends. I’ll miss him.”

Jock Whitehouse

“’Hola, Rosy ¿Cómo estás? Y que pases un excelente día,’ eran las palabras que el Sr. Heimowitz me decía cuando normalmente nos encontrábamos en la calle de Reloj. Él era un hombre muy sabio, y siempre estaba en equilibrio. La calle de Reloj, no será la misma sin él”. DEP Sr. Heimowitz.”

Rosa Elena Hernández Mancilla

“No nos damos cuenta, que la vida pasa, y un día cualquiera al ser querido, la muerte tan fría, lo aparta, de nuestro lado, y en un segundo, todo ha terminado. Nunca podremos olvidar a una persona tan maravillosa, todos los que llegamos a conocerle debemos sentirnos muy dichosos por todos los buenos momentos que pudimos compartir a su lado.

Gracias por tu amistad, gracias por tu tiempo, gracias por tu voluntad para enseñar, gracias por tus anécdotas, gracias por escuchar y gracias por dar un consejo.

Hasta luego amigo nuestro, que el señor te tenga en su Gloria. Gracias por todo Jack H.”

Tu amigo Víctor Villasana

 

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