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Jack Barclay, my Dad, passed away

Janelle Barclay

I want to let you know that my Dad, Jack Barclay (416 N Grove), passed away on May 30th.  

A Memorial Service will be held for him on July 8th, 11am, at the Woodside Bible Chapel, Chicago Ave & 1st Ave, Maywood. 


Obituary for Jack Barclay 

John (Jack) E. Barclay Jr., 89, a resident of Oak Park for over 80 years, died Tuesday, May 30, in his daughter’s home in Tempe, Arizona.

Jack was born October 27, 1927 in Oak Park, Illinois, the eldest of three siblings. He lived in Maywood, IL until age 8 when the family moved to S. Clinton Ave. in Oak Park. Jack attended Emerson grade school, Oak Park River Forest High School, Wheaton College (where he met his late wife Eloise (12/3/2001), and graduated from IIT in Chicago. He began his career as an architect and specialized in the recreation field. He designed both community pools in Oak Park and many Park District centers. He semi-retired in 2005 and enjoyed extensive travels with friends and family. He and Eloise were active in Woodside Bible Chapel, Young Life, the River Forest Tennis Club, and Bible Study Fellowship. Jack was also involved in the YMCA, Boy Scouts, Oak Park Rotary, and OPEC. They had five children.

Jack is survived by his children: Becky Barclay of Tempe, AZ; John Barclay, III of Melrose Park; Scott Barclay of Chandler, AZ; Janelle Barclay of Oak Park; and Bruce Barclay of Gilbert, AZ. His brother A. Hayes Barclay of Downers Grove, and cousin Hugh Barclay of Rutland, VT. He had thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

A memorial bluegrass celebration will be held in Tempe, AZ.
A memorial service will be at Woodside Bible Chapel, 621 N. 1st Ave., Maywood, IL

There will be a private interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested for: Oak Park Young Life, 634 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park, Ill, 60304; Emmaus Bible College, Memo: Jack Barclay Memorial Fund, 2570 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, Iowa, 52001; The Rotary Foundation, c/o Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest, PO Box 654, Oak Park, IL 60303; or Sun Devil Gymnastics, 50 S. Hearthstone Way, Chandler, AZ 85226.


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