Jack Marcus 1916-2014

A Danbury legend for almost 100 years came to an end Monday, June 16, 2014. Born on October 24, 1916 at home on Skiff Mountain in Sharon, CT, eighth child of nine to Harry and Anna Sweet Marcus, Jack Marcus died on Monday morning at Danbury Hospital with his children at his side.

Jack arrived in Danbury on the train that brought the family dairy herd from Sharon on route to Ridgebury, the original home of Marcus Dairy, where the family settled in 1919. He worked on the family farm, delivered milk with his brother Kal and attended the Miry Brook School, the Main Street School and the old Danbury High School. In 1947 Jack built the Marcus Dairy on Sugar Hollow Road and the following year, along with Pearl, opened the iconic Dairy Bar that operated for 66 years; a popular gathering place for school children celebrating concerts, graduations, first dates and motorcyclists on Sunday mornings.

Jack was ever present in the Danbury Community. He gave his time and resources willingly to many community organizations. He was a member of the Danbury Hospital Development Fund since its inception in 1957. He was the longest active member of the Danbury Exchange Club and one of the original founders of the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield.

He was recognized as President Emeritus for long time service to the United Jewish Center and a Trustee Emeritus of the Danbury Hospital Development Fund (now the Western CT Health Network Foundation). He was a member of the Miry Brook Fire Department and a supporter of the Wooster School, where his children, grandchildren and now a great grandchild attends.

On Christmas Eve of 1939, he wed the former Pearl Sackman from Stamford, CT and together they had five children. He is survived by his wife, Pearl; daughter, Susan Garber Brown (Edward) of Unionville, PA; sons, Michael (Nancy) of Danbury, Neil (Lisi) of Redding, Jeffrey (Annette) of Brookfield, 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. His son Alan and his seven sisters and one brother predeceased him.

He will be missed by his exercise comrades at the Marcus Cardiac Rehab Center where he went religiously since it opened, as well as his bridge-playing partners from the Danbury Men’s Club and at Boca Highland in Highland Beach, Florida.

He spent his lifetime nurturing friendships and will be rewarded by those fond remembrances. He lived to make the world a better place for all of us.

The family offers special thanks, appreciation and gratitude to his primary caregivers, Gianina Lopes and Maristela Saules for their compassion and dedication to him.

Funeral services will take place on Thursday, June 19th at 2:30 PM in the United Jewish Center, 141 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury with Rabbi Clifford E. Librach and Canto Penny Kessler officiating.

Interment will follow in the United Jewish Center Cemetery, Gray’s Bridge Rd., Brookfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Jewish Center, 141 Deer Hill Avenue , or the WCHN Foundation (Danbury Hospital), 24 Hospital Ave., both of Danbury, CT 06810.

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.
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