John Charles "Jack" Pramuk
Sunday 11th of December 1932 - Thursday 29th of April 2021
John Charles “Jack” Pramuk, 88, passed away April 29th, 2021 at his home in Lexington, KY. He was known to many as Jack and somewhat less widely known as “Big Jack”, “Smiling Jack”, and “No-Flash Jack”.
He passed away in his sleep at home near his wife and loved ones where he wanted to be. He was extremely well taken care of by his daughter and son-in-law, Steve and Cathi Dunn and many kind caregivers, including his favorite, Misty Sweat.
Jack battled Parkinson’s for over 20 years with courage and grace. One of his favorites lines in his later days was, “Getting old is for the birds, but it sure beats the alternative”. He had an incredible wit and intelligence.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dr. Gladys Marion Doherty Pramuk and six children, Edward (Laura), Catherine Dunn (Stephen), John Jr. (Linda), Christopher (Lauri), Mary Emrich (Tim) and Jacqueline Board (Danny).
Jack is survived by 18 grandchildren and predeceased by 2. He also has 9 great-grandchildren.
Jack was a respected elder and father figure to all. He impacted the lives of many people in ways positive and too numerous to mention. He was known to be responsible, steadfast, loyal and no-nonsense. He didn’t suffer fools! But he was also kind, forgiving, generous and a real-life example and inspiration to those that knew him.
Jack was the eldest son of Edward and Marie Pramuk of Teaneck, New Jersey. He is survived by a sister, Joan Murphy, and sisters-in-law Regina Ryan and Sr. Mary Christopher John Doherty, Order of St. Francis. He was pre-deceased by a brother, Jere and sister Ann Devine. He also leaves behind a huge family of relatives, including 6 very special nieces and nephews and 34 first cousins.
Jack was born in New Jersey and graduated with a BA from Fordham University. He and Gladys married in 1955. He proudly served 2 years in the military stationed in California. When asked what he did for the military, he would often reply with a smile, “If I told you, then I would have to kill you”, or, “That’s on a need to know basis only!”
He and family moved from New Jersey to Lexington, KY in 1967.
Jack worked as a Product Planner for IBM for over 30 years. During that time, he earned his MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. After retiring, he taught business and marketing at Midway College and Kentucky State University. He was a good teacher and brought a lifetime of business experience into the classroom with him. He enjoyed mentoring young people.
Jack was a long-time devoted member of the Cathedral of Christ the King and was incredibly active in so many ways, it’s difficult to list them all here, but included RCIA, Knights of Columbus, and various church groups and committees. He was instrumental in the creation of computer labs for Lexington Catholic High School, Christ the King and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton schools. He made thousands of hoagies for fund raising purposes. He was also very active in projects and fundraising related to the building and expansion of the Cathedral of Christ the King.
Jack was also a long-time member of the Lexington Area Parkinson’s Support Group where he enjoyed the information-sharing, fellowship, and support. He served as Treasurer for a number of years.
His passions in life were family, church, and business. He also loved music (classical, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, Herb Alpert), The Wall Street Journal, watching the Charlie Rose show on late night TV, and the occasional cold beer (not the cheap kind, either!). He was also into all things related to home maintenance and home improvement.
A visitation will be held from 9-11am in Hehman Hall at the Cathedral of Christ the King on Monday, May 10th followed by a funeral mass at 11 a.m. All friends are encouraged to attend. Masks and social distancing requested.
For those unable, the Mass will be livestreamed at:
Donations in lieu of flowers:
Bluegrass Parkinson’s Alliance, PO Box 4424, Lexington, KY 40544
Cathy and family: I was so sorry to hear about your dad. I have many fond memories of my time at your childhood home. Many prayers and sympathies to you all.
Timothy & Carol Owenssays
I'm glad to have seen the video and pictures. Jack is truly a man of God and I'm sure he will be greatly missed. We will all see him someday in heaven! God Bless this great family! Love Tim & Carol Owens