Former Sydney broadcaster, Jack Columbus died on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, at the age of 64.
He was the son of the late Hyman and Freda (Hamburg) of New Waterford.
Jack is survived by his wife, Sharon (Lahey) and his three children, Erin (Jason) Doyle, Lauren and Jeffrey (Jody) Columbus; sisters, Hinda (David) MacLean of Antigonish, N.S. and Brenda (Kevin) Steiger of New Waterford, N.S. He is also survived by grandchildren, Briony and Donovan Doyle; his mother-in-law, Cecilia Lahey and lifelong friend, Alan Leith, as well as numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jack was predeceased by his brothers, Alexander and Michael.
He was a graduate of Central High School in New Waterford and attended the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and Saint John, N.B. Jack began his broadcasting career with CHER Radio in Sydney shortly after the station launched in 1966. His career included radio and television duties at CJCB-AM and FM and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporations radio and television services in Sydney. Jack was an active member of the amateur radio fraternity and held licenses VE1AIJ and VE1XT. Memorable contacts included those with the King of Jordan and the orbiting space station, as well as with thousands of amateur radio operators around the world. He was an active member of the Congregation Sons of Israel in New Waterford and the Temple Sons of Israel in Sydney. Jack was the Cape Breton representative of the Atlantic Jewish Council and active in Holocaust Education. He enjoyed spending time with his much loved grandchildren and with his late brother, Michael and family in Israel. Jack took a keen interest in the current political landscape and the sporting world with a particular passion for the Montreal Canadiens.
Visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Thursday after 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday 2 p.m., with Rabbi David Ellis officiating. Interment in the Hebrew Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's memory to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.