Monday , 21 August 2017

Remembering Jack

Author’s Note:  I have many fond childhood memories of visiting Jackie when he worked the switchboards at Wysong Hospital.  Sometimes, he would let me ‘help’ him switch the switches and plug the chords into the old timey switchboard, or allow me to roll around the lobby in one of the chairs with rollers….that is, at least until a nurse, or my mother would appear.  This article was written in February when Jack was honored as a TSB Silent Servant. 

Jack Shatley Honored as Town Square Buzz February Silent Servant


“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”-Mother Teresa


American author Edward Everett Hale said, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” His words serve well to describe the February Town Square Buzz Silent Servant, Jack Shatley.

Jack Shatley is on the go. This retired McKinney native, enjoys helping friends and neighbors, and spends his days doing just that. Equipped with an electric scooter, and a specially outfitted automobile, Shatley, a fiercely independent polio survivor, is always ready to roll.

One such beneficiary of Shatley’s generous spirit is 92 year old Mary Ann Lane, whom Shatley checks in with on a daily basis.

“She’s a sweetie,” says Shatley, “And, more alert that I will ever be!”

Each day, Shatley helps Mrs. Lane with household tasks many take for granted, such as checking mail and grocery shopping. He is also happy to taxi Mrs. Lane to wherever she needs to go, now that she is no longer able to drive herself.

Perhaps the genesis of Shatley’s care-taking started at McKinney’s Wysong Hospital, where he was employed for 26 years. Shatley was a fixture at the hospital’s front desk, where he operated the busy telephone switchboard, and managed the front lobby, and hospital admissions.

“I’ve never had a bad job,” says Shatley referring to his long relationship with Wysong Hospital and to the 7 years he worked for Rockwell after that.

Today, in addition to helping his neighbors, Shatley enjoys reminiscing with family and friends, and getting out for a drive. Yes, Jack Shatley is on the go, and will not be slowing down any day soon.

On behalf of Town Square Buzz, thank you Jack Shatley for your service.

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