Jac was loved by all who knew him. All the messages received by the family and tributes that have been posted on social media has been testament to that.
We all have so many happy memories of Jac. We were fortunate as a family to have shared many special times over the years with Jac, from spending time at home in the community, skiing holidays, cruises, to swimming with the dolphins.
Our extended family and friends came to love Jac – he was a genuine nice boy who was always respectful, polite and well mannered. They were happy times for all of us and for Jac.
Though there were times, when we all had to sit Jac down and try and calm his excitability – I think you all know what I’m trying to say.
Familiar phrases would be ‘Jac has lost his wallet’ ‘have you seen Jac’s phone?’ ‘It’s not Jac’s fault’… It was never Jac’s fault…
“The first time I really met Jac was on an FA Cup Final day. All us football boys went to Tenby for the day.
Jac came on the bus dressed in a space suit, from that moment I figured we were about to embark on an interesting journey – Jac didn’t disappoint! It has been a roller coaster.”
Jac was a hard working boy, he was a qualified carpenter, completed his apprenticeship with his dad Jessie.
At home amongst his family and friends was when he was at his happiest.
When Jac announced he was going to New Zealand for 6 months, we had a bet that he wouldn’t last 2 months.
Low and behold who walked through the door on New Year’s Eve surprising everyone having worked only 8 weeks was Our Jac.
Music was one of his greatest loves and he expressed himself through the chorus, rhythms and beats.
He knew how to capture a room, often behind a Karaoke mic and bringing a smile to everyone’s face through his appetite for music and entertaining.
He loved music especially by Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Van Morrison, David Bowie, the Doors and the Stereophonics .
Jac was a talented footballer, played for Saron Juniors, Penlan, Llangefelach Swansea City Academy and Ammanford Town.
It didn’t take him long before he lit up the football pitch with his skills, but most of all lit up the dressing room with his banter.
Jac was also an accomplished Ski-ier. That skill together with his caring nature saw us safely out of many tricky situations on the ski slopes.
Jac’s most special attribute was his warmth. He had a big heart and a big smile. He lit up the room and was always life and soul of any party. Very often, unintentionally he would steal the show. He provided us all with a lot of laughs and tears – he was loved by us all…. and will be missed by all who knew him.
Jac was also part of an even bigger family through the club, the club gave Jac the chance to flourish and to shine, giving him the social platform to stamp his own unique character on a wider audience. And boy didn’t he do just that.
He became the heartbeat and pulse of our club, stamping his personality on everyone, no matter how old or what gender Jac would engage with everybody, and always with a kiss and hug.
“I’ll never forget the Trip we ran to watch the Swans in Wembley for the Play-off Final, where Jac as a young 19 year old.
He entertained the bus capturing the affection of everyone from Serenading the ladies on the front of the bus with his Oasis medley’s, to giving an equal amount of affection to Tosh in the back.
As we departed victorious from Wembley that day, we were stuck in traffic adjacent to the Reading Players bus. As their dejected faces looked across to our party bus, which was in full swing by then, their eyes were met with a triumphant shirtless Jac, who took the opportunity of reminding them of the score that fine day.”
One of Jac’s finest hours no doubt.
Every trip Jac certainly had to make an entrance. On Math Jones’ stag do, he turned up one day in a full Mad Hatter suit in the 30 degree heat of Benidorm.
On another FA Cup trip to Porthcawl, Jac decided to go completely in disguise by donning a full PVC mask – although it didn’t take the boys long to work out who the mysterious guest was.
Jac no doubt thought that his antics were the norm and acceptable , particularly as no one back home would ever know.
Well that’s what he thought, until one day when Janet was home sitting down watching the news, Jac flashed across her screen riding a Giant Pink Inflatable Flamingo, being pulled along by Ben in The Bestival.
Janet had been wondering where Jac had got to that weekend.
Jac’s friends captured his touring career perfectly on social media this week.
Couldn’t take him anywhere , but wouldn’t go anywhere without him.
When Jac’s over exeburance got the better of him, his mates and particularly his closest friends were always there to pick him up and dust him down.
Many would have left him to his own devices, but not his boys – they were his rock, and he will have loved and cared for them, as much as they loved Jac.
(They were a true Band of brothers).
I’m sure Janet and Jesse will be eternally grateful to you boys for always looking out for him.
His overpowering passion and desire to follow the Swans into the promised land hindered a bright senior playing career somewhat, but Jac was a Jack first and foremost.
He followed the Swans far and wide often with his sparring buddy Liam Keily.
Reflecting this week, Janet recalls the time that she was introduced to Liam in the Cricket Club, with a young Jac turning to Janet saying “This is my best friend Liam, sometimes he can be a bit of a liability Mam.
Needless to say these 2 became kindred spirits and very good pals.
The warmth and respect shown from clubs from all around South Wales has been incredible. Football grounds far and wide have stood still for our Jac.
But it is our local community where people have shown their true love for our little man with a huge heart.
That is just how much you have had an impact on our people.
So yes Jac, you left us so young, yes we would dearly love to have you still here with us today, but by gum few have crammed so much into life, and I can’t imagine there is anybody who has touched the hearts of so many.
God bless you Jac, your memories and your love will live on forevermore in our hearts, that is our absolute promise to you.
Carry on sprinkling your stardust up above, ‘sing your heart out’ and keep on sending those hugs and kisses to us all.
Love from each and every one of us.
Everybody’s Jac, Our Jac.