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Jack Sickafoose has been selected Magnolia's Citizen of the Year, and will be honored this Saturday at the 2017 Sandy and Beaver Canal Days.
The Magnolia area has been home to Jack since 1941. Jack and his siblings - Fay Strong, June Pullins and Ned Sickafoose - are the children of Bob and Pauline Sickafoose.
Jack is a 1959 graduate of Sandy Valley High School. He met his wife, Helen, while in high school and they are celebrating 54 years of marriage this year. Together they raised three daughters; Lori (deceased), Amy Walker and Jill Petroff. They now enjoy being involved in the lives of their four grandchildren; Jack and Mitch Petroff and Kelly and Erin Walker.
Jack began his college years at Mount Union. Life events interrupted his education, but he persisted and worked to achieve an MBA from Ashland College in 1986.
His life experiences have been varied and rewarding. He retired from the Timken Company after 30 years as a millwright. His experience gained from working with his father in the house-moving business made this a perfect fit. He also worked several years for MRDD as maintenance director and coordinator of workshops, and as director of Maintenance for Canton City Schools.
He served in the Army National Guard for six years, and an active member of Magnolia United Methodist Church and has especially enjoyed time working in the white cross ministry. Jack enjoys serving the community and has been involved in the following ways: the opening and development of the Sandy Valley Community Park, reopening of the Magnolia Canal and Mill Pond, Magnolia Jaycees, The Magnolia Lions Club and the Magnolia Historical Society.
He has served on the Sandy Valley School Board and for many years has been a board member of the Stark County Education Center.
Music has always been a part of Jack's life. He was a member of the Stark County Barbershop Chorus and a part of a quartet. He enjoys anything to do with history, story telling, or as he calls them "jokes" and people.
Those who know Jack recognize a spirit that finds fun and enjoyment, while working to accomplish goals. He sees the glass half full and is gifted with determination and caring.
Sickafoose will receive his award this Saturday, Aug. 12, 6:45 p.m. on the bandstand in Magnolia Park.