John K. Driscoll, Jr. ("Jack"), passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013, surrounded by his family and his sons after a long fight against pancreatic cancer.
Jack was born in Arlington, Virginia on January 26, 1961, to John and Carole Driscoll. He grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, moving to Madison during high school. He graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in 1979, and then from UW-Stout in 1984, studying hotel and restaurant management. He spent almost ten years in and around Chicago, IL working in and managing restaurants. Eventually, he moved back to Madison, where he continued his hospitality and restaurant career. Growing up, Jack was active in the Boy Scouts, along with his Dad and two brothers, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout on July 4, 1976.
Jack is survived by his two sons, John and Collin, both of Fitchburg; by his parents John and Carole Driscoll, also of Madison; and his siblings Kathy (Jim) Raab, of Madison; Laurie (Jim) Lodholz, of Fitchburg; Dan Driscoll, of Madison; Reggie Driscoll, of Madison; and Shari (Michael) Heuer, of Middleton, along with his good friend, Sally VanLysel, of Watertown. He is also survived by four nephews and five nieces, two aunts, an uncle, and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his four grandparents, and his former wife, Cindy (Glaves) Driscoll.
Jack shared his love of hockey with his boys. He played in adult leagues in Chicago, then was involved in Southwest Eagles Hockey and Verona Hockey where his boys played. Jack never missed one of their games. He became a respected hockey referee and ref'ed hundreds of games in the last few years.
If you ever met Jack once, you knew what a special guy he was, always quick to say "let me know if you need a hand." His dry sense of humor would keep you chuckling whenever you were around him. Jack loved watching, and playing, and refereeing hockey. He was very, very proud of his boys, John and Collin. Jack was the consummate "older brother", mentor, friend and guide to everyone he met. He will be missed greatly by all of us.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013, at 11am at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Madison. Fr. Chad Droessler will officiate with burial at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held beginning at 9am at the church until the time of Mass.