Bicycle Jack is gone, but he will never be forgotten

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 04:38 PM.

Patty's husband Michael agrees. "He was truly a pleasant sight to see as he always sat on his front porch waving to people. He touched so many lives," he said.

Faith Saganek was another who went to Jack for bikes when she moved here. She got to know him and used to bake things and take them to him.

"We would go to him to trade in bikes and get new ones ever since we moved here six years ago. We got all our bikes from him," she said. "A lot of people donated bikes to him, and he in turn helped a lot of the foreigners and others who needed bikes."

Saganek recalls the time she went by there to look for a bike and the one she wanted was one he had been riding to the grocery store. He insisted she take it.

"He really cared about people and wanted to do something nice for people. His wife and son preceded him in death and he didn't have any family in the area but those of us in the community who knew him felt like he was part of our family. He loved his wife and talked about her all the time. He was a great guy, a kind man who will most certainly be missed," said Saganek. "He was friendly, a good old soul and I will remember him sitting on his porch every day waving and waiting."

When Jack's sister arrived at her brother's house from Virginia Thursday evening, the first things she saw were the balloons, flowers, and homemade signs from the community expressing how much they would miss Bicycle Jack.

Billie Hubble was Jack's baby sister. Even though the siblings lived in different states, she said they remained close.

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