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Charles Jack was pilot on sea and in air

NEW PORT RICHEY — Charles "Charlie" Jack, an airline pilot for more than three decades and husband of Pasco County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand, died around 7 a.m. Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.

Mr. Jack had spent the past three weeks at Hernando Pasco Hospice's Marliere Care Center in New Port Richey. He had suffered from liver cancer that had spread to his bladder.

Longtime friends and neighbors, Mr. Jack and Commissioner Hildebrand married nearly 10 years ago. Before that, though, he found his first love in aviation, earning his pilot's license at age 16.

An Illinois native, he graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science in air transportation and was soon hired by Wisconsin Central Airlines. He was a co-pilot, then captain with the airline, which later became North Central and Republic, for more than 30 years.

He also was an army sergeant, stationed in Germany. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner who rode motorcycles in countless parades. In addition to flying, he loved boating and was commodore of the Four Lakes Yacht Club in Monona, Wis. He later earned his master captain's license, allowing him to move forward with his desire to own and run Sea Jac Charters. He also played a number of musical instruments.

He married Gloria Swenson in 1955 and the couple had three daughters. His first wife preceded him in death. In addition to Hildebrand and her two sons, he is survived by his three daughters, their husbands and four grandchildren.

A private service will be held next month. Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Jack was pilot on sea and in air 03/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 6, 2009 8:56pm]
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