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Jack Lee Shrader

April 22, 1941 ~ January 24, 2018 (age 76)
Jack Shrader passed away peacefully at home, in the arms of his loving wife, on January 24, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a vibrant man who touched the lives of many people and will be greatly missed. A true gentleman who loved adventure, his wife always referred to him as the “brown eyed handsome man”. He was a brave man with a kind heart who would never hesitate to tell you how grateful he was for his life. He would tell you that he was fortunate to have done the things he wanted to do, that he was blessed with good friends, a loving family and that he had everything he needed in this life. Jack Shrader faced his final journey with the strength and poise of a true warrior. Jack was born on April 22, 1941 in Martinez. He was a true “local boy” spending his life growing up in the East Bay Area where he eventually settled in and started a family. He retired from the Santa Fe Railroad after 33 years as a Conductor and Brakeman. But he never stopped working…. He spent his retired years cultivating a love for restoring old cars. Jack loved the thrill of the chase for unique, hard to find and valuable antique car parts. He would load up his Elise and his dog Pepper and drive for miles just to find the perfect part, the perfect car, the best boat or the biggest piece of equipment he could transport back home. He could never pass up a good deal so one day it might be the door handle for a ’34 Ford and the next a 10-ton piece of heavy equipment. Jack and Elise enjoyed many years of happiness together. They both enjoyed traveling to their home on the lake and the crap tables at the Peppermill in Reno. He spent his last New Year’s Eve on the dance floor there surrounded by family and friends. Jack loved to work hard but he played hard too and he loved to be outdoors. There were days you could find him on the boat with a pole in the water or on the casino floor with a handful of dice and a stack of chips at the crap table. Either place, you would always find him with a smile on his face and a good story to share. Jack is survived by his loving wife Elise, devoted children Jimmy Shrader, Starla Ballantine, Nick (Lucia) Jackalone and Tink (Anthony) Fanucchi, his sisters Mary Mauser and Shirley Justice, a handful of amazing grandchildren Jamie, Kenny, Trent, Cayla, Jessica, Jake, Rocco and Gianni , a small herd (8!) of great grandchildren and a generous helping of good friends around the country. Funeral Service will be held at Connolly & Taylor Chapel at 11:00AM on Saturday, Feb. 3rd. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you contribute in jack’s name to your favorite charity.

 Service Information

February 3, 2018

11:00 AM
Connolly & Taylor
4000 Alhambra Ave.
Martinez, CA 94553

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