On the morning of Sat., March 15, 2014, Jack passed away at his home in Front Royal, Va., surrounded by his loving family. He was 92 years old.
Jack Hirsch was born in Chicago, Ill., the second of four children of Rose Silver and Harry Hirsch. He graduated from Hirsch High School. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy on LST-121 from 1944 to 1946.
He married Alice F. Borel on Feb. 7, 1943 in New Orleans, La. They recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.
A long time resident of New Orleans, Jack worked as an electrician for 35 years with WDSU-TV Channel 6. After his retirement, he moved to Silver Run, where he helped start the Silver Run Volunteer Fire Department and served as a lieutenant.
He was a member of the Local 130 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 72 years, a member of the US LST Association and a distinguished member of the Exalted Order of Master in the Recover of Gemini 12 Spacecraft.
Jack is survived by his wife, Alice Borel Hirsch of Front Royal and formerly of New Orleans; sister, Millie Hirsch Kruglich of Skokie, Ill.; children, Richard Hirsch, Dr. Rosanna Hirsch, Dr. Susanne Hirsch, all of Front Royal and Rev. Diane Hirsch of Santa Cruz, Calif.; two grandchildren, Robert Samuel Hirsch of Albany, La. and Paul Joseph Hirsch of Denver, Colo.; and five great grandchildren.
Jack was preceded in death by his brother, Leonard Hirsch of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Shirley Hirsch Fefferman of Morton Grove, Ill.; and two children, Robert Joseph Hirsch of Mandeville, La. and Carole Hirsch-Butler of Crockett, Calif.
A memorial mass was held Thurs., March 27 at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Front Royal.
In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Jack may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., #405, Winchester, VA 22601.
Jack was a loving and kind son, brother, husband, father and grandfather and well liked and appreciated by all who knew and loved him. He was a man of many talents and literally a “jack of all trades.” He was always willing to help and teach others. Jack will always be remembered with great affection. His legacy lives on in our hearts and lives.
Maddox Funeral Home, Inc. of Front Royal was in charge of arrangements.