Condolence & Memory Journal

My dad was Al O'Neil. Jack was a great friend to my parents. They thought very highly of him. I have fond memories of Jack--great smile, great stories, great voice. He was also good friends with Ninabelle Becker who was my dad's secretary, so he was always in and out of our lives. I missed him at the last International Festival. When I would visit Lorain during the festival, I would hear that familiar voice emceeing the Festival. I was blessed to know Jack. My condolences to all of his family.

Posted by Peg O'Neil    May 19, 2008

My deepest sympathy on the loiss of Jack. My father, Louis Monos, was a friend of his and I had worked at the Journal with Jack in the late 50's. We had attended his 90th birthday party and shared many fond memories with him. We now share your sorrow at his passing. I had intended to attend the services, but unfortunately my car "died" last night and is being repaired. My sincerest wishes for the strength to carry you through your grief.

Posted by Carole (Monos) Smith    May 19, 2008

Your father will surely be missed. His passing has created a void for the city of Lorain which will never be filled. My father Bill and Jack were the consumate team fighting on behalf of all veterans in Lorain County. Jack was one of the last of the "greatest generation". And what a "great" man he was. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Joel E. Givner    May 18, 2008

Your father was a very dear man who helped to shape the Lorain Community, especially for the veterans living there and those who died serving our country. He and my father, William Givner, worked side by side for many years. One of the fondest memories I have as an adult is looking back and remembering the many parades down Broadway and seeing both of them at the podium. Our father's were dear friends and Jack spoke at dad's funeral. My condolences to you all, I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by Muri Givner Corzin    May 18, 2008

Norm,
We are saddened to hear of your Father's passing. We had heard many times over the years how unique a person he was. His accomplishments were many and significant. One of his greatest legacies was his family. You all have been and continue to be very special to us. Our prayers are with you all at this time of grief in the loss of Jack.

Norma and Jimmy Jones

Posted by Norma and Jimmy Jones    May 17, 2008

Marty and Larry,
Barry and I want to express our sympathy to you and your family. 93 years is a full life but still difficult for families. You are in our prayers. Marilyn

Posted by Marilyn Becker    May 17, 2008

my deepest sympathy to the family. May God bless his family in this time of loss.

Posted by jim brookes    May 16, 2008

I am so glad I got to meet your dad at KJ's retirement. How lucky he was to have you all as family. With love and sympathy, Donna and John

Posted by Donna Ferraro    May 15, 2008

We send our deepest sympathy. Mr. LaVriha used to come to Gilbert's Food Store over 50 year's ago. He was always so nice to everyone. Then I met Martha and became even better acquainted with her father when I went to their home. He was a dear man and such an asset to Lorain, Ohio.

Bob and Judy

Posted by Bob and Judy Marks    May 15, 2008

What a wonderful and full life Jack LaVriha had. He touched so many lives in many positive ways. I know that you all must have such great individual memories of Jack LaVriha. May God bless each of you during this time of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with Norm, Jeanette, Kathy and Michael.

Posted by Bill & Teresa Neely    May 15, 2008

I officially met Mr. LaVriha when I worked in the Safety Director's office for Tony Murello in 1984 and Jack was looking for someone to do some typing for him and to be the secretary for the Free Terry Anderson Committee. I also typed his Memorial Day Program book for many years after I left City Hall and came to the fire department, I think the last time was 2 yrs. ago but maybe it was 3. He was always such a nice man, so proud of his work, and it was so sad to see him deteriorating in later years. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Sue (Burgett) Mendez    May 15, 2008

I officially met Mr. LaVriha when I worked in the Safety Director's office for Tony Murello in 1984 and Jack was looking for someone to do some typing for him and to be the secretary for the Free Terry Anderson Committee. I also typed his Memorial Day Program for the Veterans Council for many years after I left City Hall and came to the fire department; I think the last time was 2 yrs. ago but maybe it was 3. He was always such a nice man, so proud of his work and his family- I heard many tales of his children and grandchildren, and it was so sad to see him deteriorating in later years. My condolences to you all.

Posted by Sue (Burgett) Mendez    May 15, 2008