Robert Joseph Jachowicz, age 84, died peacefully Thursday, May 9, 2013 at his home in Framingham.
He was a graduate and standout football player at Lynn English High School and won a four-year full scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree.
Jachowicz had an extensive, fulfilling career in Framingham as an educator, coach and artist.
Following college he began teaching and coaching in the Framingham School System as an 8th grade teacher at the Framingham Middle School, now the Danforth Art Museum.
He worked for more than 40 years at Framingham High then Framingham South High in many teaching roles, from English to Chemistry to Earth Science to Art and finished his career as the Art Department Director.
He started and oversaw the variety shows and was given charge of stage and set design for the high school musicals while doing the art design on the program books.
He is best remembered as a football coach and was the head football coach for Framingham High School and later Framingham South High. His coaching career started in 1951 and spanned 30 years, some 23 years as head coach and he, along with his wife, would host a party every year on the Wednesday night before the Thanksgiving game, where many former players and coaches would meet and the mystery female caller always dialed him up.
He was a member and former president of the Framingham Teachers Association, where he worked diligently for equal pay rights for all educators in Framingham.
Jachowicz held dear to his heart the works of Metrowest Human Services – ARC of South Middlesex, where he formerly served as President.
In 2005, he was the recipient of the “Salute to Framingham” honor for his many contributions to the betterment of education in Framingham.
He was inducted into the MA Coaches Hall of Fame and the Lynn English Hall of Fame.
Jachowicz developed many lifelong friendships and bonds and always had a smile or story to share or a song to sing. Many may remember the “Friday night singing group” at various restaurants in Framingham that started at Ken's and is still going strong at Imperial China, the former May Garden. Reggie, Eddie and Bob were the mainstays of the Friday night harmonies.
Besides his wife, Phyllis, he is survived by his children, Crispin Jachowicz and his wife Donna of Framingham; Robert P. Jachowicz and his wife Naomi of Southborough; Joann Jachowicz of Framingham; John Jachowicz and his wife Jennifer of Bedford, NH, James Jachowicz and his wife Donna of Southborough, Claudia Bonvouloir and her husband Paul.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Katelyn, Jessica Newton and her husband Jason; Meredith, Michele, Joseph, Michael, Cassandra, Emily, Benjamin, Nolan and Jannelle Jachowicz and two great grandchildren, Matthew Blanchard and Tyler Newton.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held Thursday, May 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Eagles. All are invited to come and share in the celebration of his life.
At the family’s request there will be no funeral home visiting hours.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the .
Bob loved dogs and cats and found a sense of joy in helping those who cannot speak for themselves. If desired, in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Baypath Humane Society, 5 Rafferty Road, Hopkinton, 01748 www.baypathhumane.org