Jack Andrew Shirey

Born: Sat., Aug. 28, 1920
Died: Thu., Jan. 23, 2014

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Jack Andrew Shirey

Jack Andrew Shirey, age 93, of Greensboro, GA, died Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Savannah Court of Lake Oconee in Greensboro, GA.  He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on August 28, 1920 the son of the late William Christopher Shirey and Mary Stoner Shirey.  Jack received an accounting credential from a Chicago business school in the late 1940’s.  On September 12, 1940 he married Jean Evelyn Underwood in Gary, Indiana and prior to her death in 2009, they had been married sixty-nine years.  He proudly served his country during World War II in the United States Navy from August of 1944 and was honorably discharged in March of 1946. He worked as an accountant in Northern Indiana until 1958 when he moved the family to Ft. Collins, Colorado.  There, he worked for Forney Industries for a number of years doing personnel work and eventually finished his career working in business management for Mitchell and Company in Ft. Collins.  He retired in 1983.  Jack was a member of the First United Methodist Church South Campus of Greensboro.  

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Underwood Shirey; son, Dr. James Shirey; and siblings, Walter Shirey, Cloyd Shirey Romig and Blanche Shirey Dicker. He is survived by two sons, Dr. Terry Shirey and wife Carol of Wayland, MA and Dr. William Shirey and wife Denise of Greensboro, GA; daughter-in-law, Dr. Karen Shirey of Ft. Collins, CO; grandchildren, Jennifer Shirey Moss of Atlanta, GA, Jack Shirey of Alameda, CA, Andrew Shirey of San Francisco, CA and Katherine Shirey Swanson of Boston, MA.

A private family service will be held at a later date.  The family requests that any memorials be made to Wounded Warriors Project, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE #M20, Atlanta, GA 30326.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.


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Bill Shirey
   Posted Sat January 25, 2014
Dad had a wonderful life and enjoyed life to the fullest. He was an avid fisherman, excellent amateur magician, skilled card player, and dedicated family man. Dad spent countless hours with his three sons as they grew up dedicating his free time to family activities. Early on, we all hunted and fished together, camped together, and played games together. Dad participated in scouting with his boys as a scoutmaster in Northern Indiana. As we grew up, Dad began acting (and looking!) more like an older brother than a father. Together we skied in Colorado, played handball and racketball, and had many fun basketball games at the Forney gym in Ft. Collins, CO. Over the years Dad became a thoughtful and warm grandfather to his grandchildren. Jack and Jean (his wife of 69 years) enjoyed many travel experiences together in their senior years. We know that Dad and Mom are watching over us all in heaven. Thanks for the memories Dad!

Alisha Head - Savannah Court of Lake Oconee
   Posted Mon February 17, 2014
Mr. Jack was a dear friend of mine. Even though I only knew him for only a few shorts years at the end of his life, he brought many smiles to my face. There wasn't many time when Mr. Jack didn't have something to eat in his hand. He loved snacks. Pop, candy, cheetos and popcorn were his favorites. I never will forget when the vending machine man pulled his credit card out of the dollar slot on the machine. :) He wanted something really bad that day. He always used to tell me if I was a little younger and you weren't married I'd ask you on a date. What a sweet man. He is definitely missed by many around her. Thanks for sharing his life with our family. So Sorry for your loss!

Mary Carraher
   Posted Wed February 26, 2014
Dear Family Members,

I am so sorry to learn of Jack's passing. He was a gracious man who had a passion for Project Self-Sufficiency during his time in Colorado. I tried to contact him over the last two years, following the death of Maurie Nelson, but was never able to reach Jack.

Jack used to sponsor a racquetball tournament at the Fort Collins Club and called it "Old Farts with Young Hearts". He did this for a number of years. He served on the board of Project Self-Sufficiency for many years and was our Treasurer. I have many fond memories of times with Jack, Jean, Maurie, and Erica.

Thinking of all of you at this difficult time.

Woody Arnold - Ponce Inlet, FL.
   Posted Wed March 12, 2014
Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of Jack and Jean. I spent
many hours on the racquet ball court with Jack as another "Old Fart".

Jack and Jean were very special people that my whole family enjoyed being around.

We are truly sorry for your loss.

John Bales
   Posted Tue March 25, 2014
Terry, Bill and families

Just saw the obituary for your dad in the Coloradoan.

My deepest sympathy to you and your families. It was a pleasure living across the street from you. Always enjoyed playing Risk with your dad and Jim. Lots of good memories.

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