Jerry Jachwak, a life long resident of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, April 11, 2023. He was 73.
Jerry was a son of the late Wasyl and Sabina (Ludkevych) Jachwak. He attended Dobbins Technical School and played varsity soccer (he was All City and All Scholastic in his time at Dobbins); Jerry still holds the scholastic high school scoring record for goals scored in a City Championship game with 3, scored against North Catholic in a decisive 4 to 1 victory (and crushing North Catholic's huge unbeaten streak).
Jerry joined the United States Army in June of 1969; he saw duty in Viet Nam with the 25th Infantry Division 2/27 Wolfhounds, was injured with multiple shrapnel rounds for which he received the Purple Heart and spent time in the Philadelphia VA Medical Hospital. He later served with Troop E, 15th Calvary Division before he was discharged with the rank of Specialist 4 in May of 1971.
Jerry was a longtime member of the Ukrainian American Citizens Club; he also worked there as a bartender and was stewart for the club for many years.
He is survived by his brother William and nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Walter and sister Sabina Santiago (the late Felix).
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Thursday at 9 AM at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Requiem Services will be sung at 10 AM. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry's memory may be made to: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or; Ukrainian American Citizens Association.
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