Jack received his education in Clogher School and from there he went working in the local community. Later in life he began working in the local creamery and after years of loyal service became manager in Kilquane creamery and later moved to Gortlea creamery as manager where he stayed till he retiered.
Jack didn’t travel far to meet the love of his life in Cathy Reidy from Rathanny cross. Her father was a tailor (Tommy Reidy). They married in Clogher church and set about building a home in Ballydwyer which is known as Rock villa where his son Jerome now lives.
Jack and Cathy were blessed with 8 kids Lena, Fabine, Dick, Tommy, Jo, Kathleen, Jerome & John Joe.
At an early age Jack became involved in the local GAA club and after years of loyal service became chairman in 1945. Jimmy o Connor was secretary of the club at this time. He didn’t have to travel far to the pitch back then as the local pitch was across the road from his house in Jimmy Macs field. Stories have been told that before games were played there the cattle had to be moved out and the cow dung removed before the whistle was blown and the ball thrown in.
It was in his first year as chairman of the Castleisland district league was formed and after some brilliant matches Ballymac came out on top with victory over Wolf Tones of Castleisland. That time the Ballymac colours were a cream/white with a blue band.
Jacks other love outside football was greyhounds and in 1918 he nominated a dog called Red Banner which went onto win the kingdom cup. This winning cup is still around and is in the house of his daughter Jo who lives in Balydwyer. This was a remarkable achievement as his brother Jerry nominated the greyhound that won the kingdom cup the previous year in 1917. This record stands to this day two brothers nominating two dogs that went on to win the Kingdom Cup two years in a row.
On the 28th of December 1959 Jack passed away and after service in Clogher Church he was shouldered all the way from Clogher Church to Ballymac Graveyard where he was laid to rest with his wife Cathy who had passed away sixteen years previous.