H. Jack Jaeger,
Went to be with the Lord on May 5th, 2019 at the age of 91.
Predeceased by his Wife of 60 years, Judith (nee Werner).
Loving Father of James (Heidi), Jack (Sharon) and Julie (Gary) Dawson.
Proud "Papa" of Elisabeth (Thomas) Leach, Robert (Elizabeth) Jaeger, Samuel and Annie Jaeger and Christopher and Jillian Dawson.
Memorial Service to be held Saturday; July 13th at the Clarence United Methodist Church, 10205 Greiner Rd.; Clarence, NY at 11:00 a.m.
H. Jack Jaeger, who in a November 23, 1960 Courier-Express article was said to “head a Family
of 400 Boys” when he was Executive Director of the Town Boy’s Club, died May 5th at
Hospice Buffalo. He was 91.
Born in North Tonawanda August 28, 1927, his parents, Henry and Emma Jaeger moved the
family to Buffalo when Jack was 8. Growing up in the Humboldt Park section of Buffalo, he
enjoyed playing hide and seek in the Science Museum, auto races at the old “Rockpile” and
skating in Humboldt Park. One of the best juvenile speed skaters in Buffalo, Jack came in
second place in the 1/6 of a mile race at the North American Amateur Outdoor Ice Speed
Skating Championships held in Schnectady, NY in February 1941. It was noted that all the North
American and American records were smashed in the race. Being a multi-sport star prior to
graduation from Masten-Fosdick High School in 1945, Jack returned to the Hilltoppers in the fall
of 1945 for “post graduate” work and to captain the football team. His football season was short
lived as he was drafted into the Army after just 2 football games.
October 1945 found Jack at Fort Dix in New Jersey and claimed he was a rare soldier who never
went to boot camp. He was assigned to the finance department immediately after arrival at Fort
Dix, to help pay the soldiers returning from the combat theaters following the end of the war. In
the spring of 1946, Jack tried out for and made the Fort Dix baseball team. Some 154 soldiers
attempted to make the team, Jack became the starting second baseman along side fellow
Buffalonian Ray Dabek at shortstop. The Fort Dixans played a 26 game schedule against other
bases, college and semi-pro teams. They came in second place in the New Jersey State Semi-
After his release from the Army in November 1946, Jack enrolled in the University of Buffalo.
Initially enrolled as a Pre-Med major, he transferred into the Physical Education program. In
1949 he was a member of the inaugural UB baseball team after he and teammate Bob Marafino,
petitioned the UB Athletic Director to start a team. He played 3 years of UB baseball until his
graduation in 1951. Jack also played baseball for the legendary Simon Pure organization,
joining the team during the 1948 season and played through 1953. The team earned 3 city
championships during that time and the Simon Pure organization was inducted into the Buffalo
Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.
In the fall of 1951, Jack started a 32 year career with the Boys Clubs of America when he
accepted a position as the Physical Education Director at the Town Boys Club in Tonawanda,
NY. He became Executive Director in 1956, a position he held until 1966 when he left Town
Boys Club to join the National Office of the Boys Clubs of America in New York City. One of his
great accomplishments at the Town Boys Club was the purchase of the Harding Elementary
School for $10,000 from the Union Free School District in 1965. He moved the Town Boys Club
from an old jailhouse on Roswell Ave. into the new building at 54 Riverdale Ave., where the Boys
and Girls Club of the Northtowns is still located today. After two years in NYC, ascending to the
position of Regional Director of the New York Region of the Boys Clubs of America, Jack
returned to Buffalo to become Executive Director of the Boys Clubs of Buffalo. He served the
Buffalo clubs for 15 years, growing it from a 4 unit organization to 5 units, retiring in 1983 as
President and Executive Director.
Jack was predeceased by a sister Dorothy (Milton-d) Scott and a brother Robert. He is survived
by his sister Grace (Robert-d) Mols. His wife of 60 years, Judith (Werner) passed away
November 2014 from Alzheimers Disease. Jack spent many years caring for Judy at home. He
is also survived by sons James (Heidi) and Jack (Sharon) Jaeger, and daughter Julie (Gary)
Dawson. Jack had 6 grandchildren, Elisabeth (Thomas) Leach, Robert (Elizabeth) Jaeger,
Samuel and Annie Jaeger, Christopher and Jillian Dawson.
A memorial service will be held in his honor Saturday, July 13th at 11am at Clarence United
Methodist Church, 10205 Greiner Road, Clarence. Flowers gratefully declined. Gifts can be
made to Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns, Epiphany United Church of Christ, Hospice
Buffalo, or to the UB Anatomical Gift Program where Jack donated his body.