John J. (Jack) Stroud, age 86, passed away on Sunday December 8th, 2013 at the Forum in Cupertino California. Jack fought a valiant battle against cancer for the past 6 months. Jack was born on March 15, 1927 in Highland Park, Ill to Fred J. Stroud and Helen Graham Stroud. Jack had an older brother, Fred who was killed during the Second World War - and a younger sister, Carol who predeceased Jack.
Jack attended Highland Park High School and was a very talented athlete – lettering in baseball and basketball. Following high school, Jack joined the Navy and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and later served in the reserves.
Following the war he returned home and attended the University of Illinois. Jack joined the Kappa Sigma House and was elected President of the fraternity. He graduated with a degree in business in June of 1950. It was there he met Nancy (on a blind date) and they were married in September of 1950.
Jack took much pride in his alma mater following the Illinois football and basketball programs. Finding fellow Illini throughout his life brought him great joy as he so enjoyed meeting fellow alums around the country.
Jack joined Gould Battery and later the White Cap Co. where he went on to spend the next 30 years of his career.
The early years were spent in Winnetka, Ill. This is where Jack & Nancy started their family and Jack was proud to be a Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church.
After an 8 year stop in Pittsford, NY, Jack & his family moved to Los Altos, California where he established a home and a west coast offices for White Cap.
Jack became a leader in the packaging industry – with many customers and peers calling on him for his in-depth understanding of the industry. Jack worked hard and was passionate about his work and the customers he serviced. Jack retired in 1985 as the west coast Regional Sales Manager.
Following his retirement, Jack was able to focus his energy on the sport and passion he truly loved – golf. Jack spent many years leading the Senior Golf Association at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, organizing tournaments against the many fine clubs in No. California. He also served in several capacities, including President, of The Northern California Golf Assn. This provided Jack the pleasure of playing some of the best courses in California while testing his skills and competing against the other golfers in the area. Jack did this for many years endearing himself to so many other golfers in the area that shared his passion for the sport.
Throughout his life journey was Jack’s wonderful wife of 63 years – Nancy. Nancy was often by his side at so many events – from business conventions to Sundays at the golf course. They were a wonderful couple with many life-long friends.
Jack had a wonderful sense of humor. People gravitated toward him as his demeanor was one of inclusion – never poking fun at others. His wit, integrity and genuine caring of others were obvious and greatly appreciated by all.
His leadership qualities could never stay hidden for long as he was usually the center of the conversation, providing thoughtful insights, while welcoming others participation.
Jack had a remarkable knack for remembering everyone’s name and always made it a point to greet them as such. Just one of many ways he endeared himself to others and made friends so easily.
Jack was also a wonderful family man, helping raise three children – Tom, Susan and Steve.
His grandchildren brought the most joy.
Jack would spend hours on end with the kids – taking them to the park, the movies, buying ice cream – or just playing together in the pool. They kept him young and he could re-live his childhood with each of them. He was a wonderful grandfather and truly admired and beloved by his grandkids.
He is survived by his wonderful life partner, Nancy of 63 years.
Son, Tom and fiancée Lori Arthur of Menlo Park, CA; daughter Susan of Los Altos, CA; and son, Steve and wife, Cathy of San Antonio, TX.
Grandchildren Allison and Charlie Carnegie of Greenwich, CT; Jennifer Sovey of Seattle, WA, Jaclyn Stroud of New York, NY and Daniel Stroud of San Antonio, TX.
A celebration of life is scheduled on Sunday December 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Sierra Room at The Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino, CA.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting tax-deductible donations be made to either: The Cancer Center Survivorship Program at El Camino Hospital Foundation, El Camino Hospital Foundation, 2500 Grant Road PAR 116, Mountain View, CA 94040
Or The Northern California Golf Association (N.C.G.A.), NCGA Foundation - PO Box 1157, Pebble Beach, CA 93953. Kindly note the donation that the donation is in memory of Jack Stroud.