He was born on September 30, 1935, to the late George Jacques and Diana (Ryan) Jacques.
He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1956. He served in the US Air Force as a translator. He had worked for Joy Manufacturing Company for over 35 years as a welder and assembler of mining equipment. He was also self-employed, owning a small construction and paving company. Even after retiring, he was sought by companies in Canada and Mexico for his knowledge of hydraulics.
He had a lifelong love of sports, playing football, basketball and baseball in high school. His junior year he was asked by the New England scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers to sign up for their minor league team; instead he chose to finish high school. He was a member of the Claremont Swim Team as a diver. He loved coaching all sports from little league, soccer and CYO basketball to becoming a member of the Stevens High School football chain crew.
He was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus member. Traveling with his wife and friends was a passion. They traveled all over the world making memories, including shaking hands with Pope John Paul II.
After retirement, during the summer you would find him on the golf course and on the slopes in winter with his good buddies. But only if he had gotten all of his chores done at home on the list the boss left, his wife of 55 years, Aurelie Rose (Desmarais) Jacques. She was the love of his life and predeceased him on June 5, 2016.
He is survived by his brother, Yvon Jacques and his wife, Ann of Claremont; his five children, Denise Malia and her husband, Matthew of Claremont, Cheryl Dow and her husband, Greg of West Lebanon, Daniel Jacques of his wife , Rachel of Tamworth, Catherine Hoch and her fiancé, Chauncey Caffey of Farmingdale, NJ and David Jacques and his wife, Andrea of Unity; 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Jean-Guy was the man who always had a smile on his face, would talk to anyone and put a smile on their face. He had a deep love for family and friends. Though small in stature, no man had a bigger heart. He will be missed by all.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Claremont on April 21st at 11 AM. A luncheon will follow in St. Mary’s Gym. We invite everyone to attend.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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