One is that I would often run into him (not literally, of course) at the college covered swimming pool. While I would be doing my laps, he would be floating and paddling a bit, under the watchful eye of his caregiver. I never really got to talk to him during these times, but he was a familiar sight to those of us who frequent the college pool.
The other reason I remember him is because of his insightful columns in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, wherein he would share his thoughts and insights on social issues. His last column was published last March, and, in it, he analyzed the flaws of the EDSA revolution. He wrote:
Edsa was a political revolution, not a social revolution. The faces changed, initially for the better, but the social structures—the landholding and legal systems and the educational and tax systems—did not change sufficiently to change the lives of the poor. In the first election under the new government, the traditional local elites reasserted their dominance, and shortly after that the House of Representatives emasculated an already weak agrarian reform bill. And so it has gone on for 28 years, with small, marginal changes in response to the growing frustration of the poor. ("'Miracle' at Edsa?", March 1, 2014)Sad but true.
During the great furor over the reproductive health (RH) bill, Fr. Jack was invited to give a talk to the faculty about it, and, during the talk, he outlined what he believed were possible talking points over the RH bill. While he did not support the abortion-related aspects of the bill, he, along with Fr. Ritchie Genilo, S.J., looked for the middle ground.
Like Fr. Reuter and Fr. O'Brien before him, Fr. Jack, despite being an American, embraced the Philippines so lovingly that he was probably more Filipino than a lot of us. It was in reading his columns and listening to him that his love for his adopted country rang through.
Fr. Jack rejoined his Creator last Thursday, at the ripe old age of 90. He will be sorely missed.
Requiescat in pace, Fr. Jack. Rejoice in the company of our Lord.