By Al Lowe
Most people who knew John L. “Jack” Schultz also knew his golden retrievers, Abbey and Haley.
He would walk the dogs through his Arlington neighborhood and would notice problems that needed to be corrected.
Mr. Schultz was deputy recorder of deeds, chairman of the Democratic committee for the 16th Ward and a member of the revitalization committee for Arlington Civic Council. But many people mostly remember him as a good neighbor and friend.
“Everyone is still in shock,” said Michele Balcer, past president, Arlington Civic Council. “He really loved this community.”
She described him as “one of the most down-to-earth guys. There were no frills and no airs. He lived very simply and was really straight forward. He was always on top of what was going on.”
“He will be sorely missed in this neighborhood,” friend Al Simon said.
Mr Schultz, 55, died of a heart attack Dec. 16 at his home.
He started as a clerk in the recorder of deeds office in 1972. He met his boss, Valerie McDonald Roberts while she was campaigning to be elected recorder of deeds in 2001.
With his technical know-how and her “thinking outside the box” they worked together to change and improve the office. “I couldn't have done it without Jack. Period,” Roberts said.
“He was loved in the office just for being Jack. He had a strong sense of humor,” she said.
“He was a proud man with a strong sense of humility. He didn't like to take credit. This politician gives credit where credit is due. There's a lot of talent in this office. Jack and I worked well together. He did his job with excellence.”
“He was willing to help anyone with any question on property transfer. He knew the ins and outs of that office,” friend Mary Lou Simon said.
His son, John C., said he was given the nickname “Jake” in Etna where he grew up and the nickname “Jack” by his parents. “Everyone was pretty much his friend,” he said.
Frank Wielock remembered his serving as athletic director at Bishop Leonard School.
“He has a remark for everything and he let you know it,” he said. “Ain't I right?” Mr. Schultz liked to say all the time.
“He had a laugh and grin that you couldn't forget,” Wielock said.
Mary Lou Simon remembered greeting him at Giant Eagle on the afternoon before he died.
“He was a dedicated family man,” Malloy said. “He was there for the kids no matter what it took. He and his wife weren't like some parents who expected us to be babysitters.”
Mr. Schultz is survived by his wife, Debra, and three sons, John C., Scott and Todd, and a brother, Glenn, of Etna.
A Mass was celebrated Dec. 20 at St. John Vianney parish, St. Henry Church.