When you think of Upper Darby there are certain family names that are synonymous with making Upper Darby a great place to live. There is a Frank Pica legacy, there is Cawley’s, there are the Nicosia family who have given so much to our community, and many more, but there is one name when you think of coaching, of work to give children something to do, or fighting for the school district and someone who absolutely show his love for this community on his sleeve, Jack Shingle. Jack made an impact on this community and worked hard not just for his family but for all township families.
Jack Shingle never backed down from a fight. Today, Jack is fighting a new battle. This time it is not on the football field. No, Jack is facing an illness that steals memories, shuts one off from the family they adored and captures the person’s attention so that everything else is cut off from them. Jack is facing the uncertain future of the one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Jack and his family could have declared the diagnosis a secret, kept Jack away from others or pretended that everything was okay. Only this is the Shingle family. For this family there was only one thing to do head the diagnosis head on and fight. How? By supporting the fight against Alzheimer’s with a benefit beef and beer on October 23rd at J.D. McGillicuddy’s, 8921 W Chester Pike, and Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 19082. All the funds raised will be donated to The Walk to end Alzheimer’s is Sunday, November 8, 2015. There will be a silent auction, plenty of food, cocktails and music provided by Paul Scheb and the boys. It’s a $30 donation at the door. We are looking forward to see you!
The Shingle family is once again looking to help others, the same way Big Jack did when he coached football, served on the St. Laurence CYO Board, served our community as a member of the Upper Darby Council and his years of service to the school district chasing down truants and illegally registered students. Normally, when one writes a news story the writer is never said to be in the report. It is always told from the 3rd party point of view. This story will be different, Ladies and Gentlemen. Jack Shingle is a great man. I am not going to use past tense, Jack is still here with us. We should remember though, all the kids he helped, the kids who he mentored and the generosity he showed us all as he stood up to show what a great community Upper Darby was and still is. I really can’t say enough about Jack. He affected my life by showing me the way to get a relationship with community leadership. Like Jack used to say, “You can’t complain if you don’t tell anyone the problem. “It is just as true today. If you see it, report it. Jack told us the same thing. Big difference with Jack though, he stepped in to handle the problem. So I am asking you all today to attend the great evening that is sure to be fun, to have a good laugh, enjoy a good meal but most of all do while helping others. That is what Jack did for all those years. Come out October 23rd, eat and drink have a good time. Most of all we can give a big thanks to Jack Shingle for all he did for our community.
The Shingle family would like to thank those who have helped to bring this fundraiser to life. If you would like to add a donation to benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this link will take you to the family’s donation page. Remember all the funds raised through the beef and beer will be donated at the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Philadelphia, PA on Sunday November 8th. The walk is set for 11 a.m. with registration at 9:45 a.m., the ceremony at 10:45 with a two mile walk around Citizen’s Bank Park.