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Don “Tykie” Samuels
Jack as so many have stated you were a prince of a fellow and a friend of the highest order. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the time spent at the Village Hardware. We were among the seniors that congregated there for decades. You snd so many others from the VH are gone as well as the store as we knew it. When I get to join that large village gang that has gone on before, could you have me a chair ready and we will just pick up where all of us left off. Once again as stated you were as good a friend as one could have. Take care you ole Boilermaker. Your ole Hokie friend.
My very best friend from the day we met 47 years ago at Palmas Del Mar. We did it all together. Restaurant partners for six years. Jack couln't fry an egg, but he was a helluva bartender. Everyone loveed Jack! Army-Navy footbal games. Gourmet tailgate parties. The Masters. Cabo Wabo vacation. Drop The Blob. More laughs than you can imagine. A little-known fact-Jack consumed at least 6 Heinekens every day for over 55 years. Go ahead, do the math. A Guinness World Record. Not a mean bone in his body. A great smile and infectious giggle. You will be missed but never forgotten. Love you!
Frank & JoAnne Gallo
Our neighbor, our friend who knew everything! Not a subject he could not speak brilliantly about…our neighborhood and our Trivia Team will not be the same..our thoughts and love to Sheila.
Jack was one of my best friends. He was the reason I joined Pi Kappa Phi at Purdue. Once you knew Jack you knew him forever. He kept in touch. He came to visit you. There was no better man to have as a friend. He will be missed. I'll see you upstairs one day old buddy. My sympathies to Sheila and Jim and their families.
RIP JACK. My condolences and prayers to Shiela and family and to Jim' family.
You can't ask for a better friend and Jack was mine for over 65 years when we first played baseball togther for the Tuttle Tigers. Jack was there to help out anyone who was in need of assistance at any time. A truly compassionate and competitive man in all aspects of his life. Jack will be missed by all who met and know him. I miss him already.
Barbara and Joe Chapin
Our thoughts and prayers go to all of Jack's loved ones at this difficult time. He touched the lives of so many over the years. His life and should be praised for not only his accomplishments but for the friendships he maintained from his early years. He will be missed by so many.
Condolences to Jim and his family
The sense of loss that Pi Kappa Phi (Omega chapter) has is huge. Jack was a great brother!Always smiling and willing to do something for the fraternity.He helped all...both in seriousness and fun! He was one of the reasons that I became a Pi Kappa Phi. He will be missed...Also one of the greatest natural athletes I have ever seen. Chapter Eternal's gain!
Jack has been a close friend of mine since Little League days, nearly 70 years ago. He is the finest man I have been privileged to know and call my friend. His memories will live on but our heart felt loss will also.
The very best friend a man could ever ask for. So many memories. So many stories. He will be in our hearts and minds forever. Prayers to Sheila and family and to Jim and family.
Jack was one of the nicest, most generous people I’ve ever met. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to play Trivia without his remarkable input! Lots of hugs to Sheila!
Jack K. Berlien, of Amelia Island, Fla., passed away on March 29, 2022, less than one week after his 79th birthday.
He was born March 23, 1943, in Angola, In. to Robert and Zema Berlien. He attended schools in Angola and went on to Purdue University where he earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1966. While at Purdue, he became a member of the Omega Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and remained a loyal supporter of the Fraternity both at the Omega Chapter as well as on the National Level. Jack was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy after completing the ROTC program at Purdue and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. After his discharge from the Navy, Jack spent his career in civil engineering and Building Construction in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Virginia. During his successful career in civil engineering, he took some time off to own and operate a restaurant, the Binnacle, in St. Croix, Virgin Islands with his partner Peter Henry. After six interesting and colorful years in the restaurant business in the islands he returned to his career in Building Construction in Florida. After retirement, Jack was able to continue his love of travel and service to others. He lived in Alexandria, Va. for more than 25 years and often spent winters in Fernandina Beach until he moved there permanently in 2019.
Jack was the biggest and most loyal sports fan. He was very fond of his Purdue Boilermakers and rooted for them for 62 years. He faithfully attended the Big Ten Basketball Tournament since the tournament began in 1998. He attended these games with his closest hometown and college buddies and looked forward to their reunion and the games each year. He also loved the game of baseball and the Washington Nationals baseball team. He was a season ticket holder since the team moved to Washington in 2005. He had the most impressive collection of baseball hats.
He supported not only sports teams, but also, and most importantly, his family and many, many friends. He frequently went out of his way to visit and foster his relationships with those near and dear to him. He was the best at staying connected to those he loved.
An amazing volunteer, he was incredibly generous with his time, and too many charitable organizations to mention benefited from his generosity and time. He was a proud veteran and loved to participate and help veteran organizations whenever he could.
Jack is survived by his loving partner, Sheila Bradley, her son Scott(Debbie), and her grandson Tomas, stepdaughter, Lilli(Ty) Joncas and three grandchildren, Jane, Jack and Drew Joncas, brother Jim(Gay)Berlien and their 4 children, Elissa(Jason) Lebron, Abigail(Justin) Main, Adam(Melissa) Berlien and Joshua(Taylor) Berlien and 13 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Silvia, brother John and partner Ann Biraben.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to K9s For Warriors (https://www.k9sforwarriors.org), or the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation – Omega CIF, 2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28273
Interment for Jack will be in Jacksonville National Cemetery, Jacksonville, Fla. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.
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OXLEY-HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS