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Jack "Grumpy" Gwynes
Our Grumpy was one of a kind. Born on September 6, 1959, Jack Edward Gwynes lost his battle with COVID after several weeks of fighting like hell on February 3, 2021. He was a treasured husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Affectionately known as Grumpy to those closest to him, he was nothing if not passionate about those whom he loved. Jack was always willing to help someone in need, finishing home renovations and other projects for relatives, friends, and strangers as well as serving on several mission trips with church.
Jack was equally as dedicated to serving others through his chosen profession. In 1995, he started a 20 plus year career with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and after retiring returning to serve with the bailiffs at the Nassau County Sheriff's Office. He was all too happy to tell you he only had a 1.4-mile drive to work.
Jack had no greater joy than spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren: Richie, Noah, Aubrey, Griffin, Kadence, and his best buddy Lucas. He is survived by his wife, Debbie; daughter, Heidi; his son, Joshua; and his daughter-in-law, Megan. He is also survived by two older brothers, Johnny Jr. and Mike, his older sister, Nancy, their spouses, as well as a litany of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents Johnny Sr. and Barbara.
To know him well was to love him, and the hole he leaves in our lives will never truly be filled. Until we see you again, you will be in our hearts.
To the nursing staff in the COVID units and ICU ward of Nassau Baptist, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making sure that Grumpy was comfortable and cared for throughout his illness. We can never adequately express our gratitude.
A special thanks from the Gwynes family to our family at the Nassau County Sheriff's Office, your support in this difficult time has been a blessing, and we are forever grateful.
Services to celebrate his life will be at 11:00 am on Monday, February 8, 2021 at Shindler Drive Baptist Church, 7100 Shindler Drive, Jacksonville, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family is encouraging the community to honor Jack by donating to the Live for Brie Foundation or the National Police Wives Association.
His family will receive friends from 10:00 am until the hour of service at the church.