Jack Helcoski, 74, of Jefferson Twp. and Warrington, Pa., entered into eternal rest, Sunday, Oct. 31, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He is survived by his devoted wife and caregiver, the former Jane McAndrew, and together they have celebrated 49 years of marriage.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Edward S. and Bridget "Betty" Rafalko Helcoski. Jack was a graduate of Taylor Moosic High School class of 1965. Following high school, Jack furthered his education at the University of Scranton, where he received a Bachelor of Science and a master's degree in education. He taught at Riverside High School, where he was a math teacher, supervisor of the guidance department and ended his career as the supervisor of pupil personnel. For 40 years, he was the Riverside golf coach, which was his greatest honor. He was also a member of Elmhurst Country Club and an avid golfer. A man of faith, Jack was a member of St. Ann's Basilica, Scranton and St. Roberts Bellarmine, Warrington. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, who was always optimistic and made everyone laugh. He enjoyed life to the fullest and inspired everyone with his strength throughout his illness. He loved golf, coaching, music, telling jokes and playing with his grandchildren. His kindness and love towards everyone he met will be greatly missed. He was a true gentleman in every form of the word.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Brad Helcoski and his wife, Patty, Phoenixville; a daughter, Lynne Murray and husband, Ryan, Jamison; four grandchildren, Reese and Jake Helcoski, and Jack and Anna Murray; a sister, Marlene Shields and husband, John, Moosic; a brother-in-law, Joseph McAndrew and wife, Daryl, Archbald; nephews, Erik Matticola and wife, Megan, North Carolina; Sean McAndrew and wife, Deanna, and their daughter, Mila, Peckville; Cody McAndrew and girlfriend, Aubri Fisher, and their daughter, Ivy, Jessup; godchild, Germain Helcoski; and an aunt, Henrietta Ameika, both of Moosic; and many cousins.
A special thank you to Father Anthony; Caring Hospice; his loving aide, Noah Sankoh; dedicated nurse, Sue Drotar and his faithful social worker, Greg Lowe. Also, his best friends, Steve and Sandy Shimko who he considered family.
Family and friends are invited to attend's Jack's Mass of Christian Burial, which will be on Saturday, Nov. 6. at 11 a.m. in St. Ann's Basilica, 1251 St. Ann's St., Scranton, by the Rev. Richard Burke, C.P. The family will meet friends from 10 to 11 a.m.
The Helcoski family kindly asks that all who attend Jack's services wear a mask and observe COVID-19 precautions with social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, a gofundme has been set up in honor of Jack's devoted aide, Noah. Money will go towards securing a college fund for his children. You can donate at gofundme.com/f/noahs-kids-education-fund.
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