Jack Kotler - Class Of 1969

GALVESTON - Jack Kotler passed away May 23, 2006, at UTMB Hospital in Galveston.

Jack was born in New York on October 12, 1949. When he was 2, he moved to Georgia, where he was raised in the Masonic Children’s Home. Jack is survived by his son (Jack) Ryan Kotler, daughter-in-law, Tanisha, and his daughter, Lena B. Kotler-Robinson. He is also survived by four brothers, Billy Reynolds, Larry, Ronnie, and Greg Kotler. Jack leaves behind three grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and friend, Kathy McGee, to cherish his memories.

Jack moved to Galveston almost five years ago and immediately “got sand between his toes.” He felt like he had come home. Jack moved to a bay house in Hitchcock about a year ago to fulfill his dream of living on the water – but the island was still his real home.

Jack was active in the community and quickly made many friends. He was a member of the Krewe of Gambrinus and looked forward to the Mardi Gras season every year. He also enjoyed dressing for Dickens and participated in many local activities. On any given weekend you could find Jack at B. Jiggers telling stories and cutting up with the ‘boys,’ Victor and Benny, or his very good friend, Debbi Ross. The Holiday Inn staff and patrons will miss the laughter Jack shared with them all. When not at the Holiday Inn, you might find Jack headed out for a road trip to Louisiana or flying to Vegas to pursue his favorite pastime at the casinos.

To the Schultz family, Jack was more than a friend – he was family. Jack had a heart of gold that was bigger than Texas. He gave so much of himself to the family. “Mr. Jack” will truly be missed.

Jack also leaves behind his best friend, Jeanne Schultz. They had a very special friendship and considered each other family. Jeanne was very blessed to have him in her life and will mourn his passing. He leaves behind so many cherished memories. It is a great comfort to know that Jack had accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and he is at peace with our God.

Jack’s wish at the time of his death was to be cremated. Special thanks to all the staff at Malloy & Son Funeral Home for all their help and compassion, especially Tiffany and Mac.

Jack had remained active in the Masonic Children’s Home. He had just returned from a reunion in Macon the weekend before his death. In lieu of flowers, the family and friends request that donations be sent in Jack’s name to the Masonic Home Endowment Fund, 1417 Nottingham Drive, Macon, GA 31211. 

Malloy & Son Funeral Home 
Published June 2, 2006
Galveston Daily News


Here is the announcement and some comments from our old forum in May 2006.