In Memory

Jack Palladay

Jack Palladay

Indianapolis Star - Monday June 9, 1997


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04/15/13 04:16 PM #1    

Bill Byrd

If you knew Jack Palladay at all you surely shared some good times.

I was part of a small group of Manual guys who played cards nearly every weekend at Palladay’s. He rode “shot gun” with me to school, we played basketball, enlisted in the Air Force, worked together, watched IU games, talked about philosophy and faith and helped each other move. He was a good friend.

We met playing basketball, old school, outdoors at Miller’s hoop-on-a-garage in an alley near our homes in Fountain Square. As a big muscular guy Jack was a ferocious rebounder. Give him the ball and he would score or be fouled trying. In grade school he starred at Emmaus Lutheran. At Manual he could have played varsity but for some reason didn’t. Instead he was the actual, and self-proclaimed, star of the legendary “Deadeyes” intramural team. I had the responsibility of scheduling playing time for our talented team (That team also included Mike Caldwell, Dave Coughlan, Ron Drahos, John Lagarde, Dale Maar, Dave Marx, Mike Nichols, Steve Burgess and Tommy Peacock). Early on Jack said, “Byrd, I’m the best player on the team so I’m not sitting down.” He was six foot three. I was five foot eight. So Jack didn’t sit and the Deadeyes won more games in three years than any other team during that period in Manual’s Intramural league.

Later on while he was on the Maxwell Air Force Base team Jack was the leading scorer in a group which included some ex-college players.  After our discharge from the Air Force we hooped it up in a league at the old Dearborn gym. About then Jack helped me get a job in Data Processing at Mayflower and there was an inner office game setup and one foolish guy looking at a then out-of-shape Jack Palladay made the mistake of betting the “Big Guy” $20 he would not score twenty points in the big game. Oops, Jack went off for 37!!

In addition to basketball and his world class skill with Computers, Jack’s interests included Short Wave Radio, Astronomy, Fine Dining, driving his Porsche, and rooting for the Hoosiers.

My favorite Jack Palladay quote: "Byrd the rest of the world are idiots ... and sometimes I'm not too sure about you!" smiley 

In the late 1970’s Jack once again helped me get a job at Merchants Bank. He was my boss when I resigned to go to seminary. Little did I know then that I would be honored to give his Eulogy when Jack passed away too early in life in June of 1997.

Our reunion will be diminished by his absence.

His friend – Bill Byrd

04/28/13 09:24 PM #2    

Victor Jacobs


What a fine tribute to your good friend.

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