Jack Loew - Developer of Opportunities for People in Chester County, PA
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February 5, 2014
Jack Loew - Developer, Chester County, PA... Jack Loew developed land and buildings for homes and business, but I will remember him for developing opportunities for people...
Jack Loew... Developer of opportunities for people
was perhaps this century's most successful developer of land and buildings in Chester County, but I will remember him as a developer of opportunities for people...
developed opportunities for people to live a better life in the innovative communities he
envisioned and built.
also developed opportunities for people to be gainfully employed, to enjoy open space and recreation, to receive education and training, to be treated fairly, to learn how to get things done and to achieve more than they thought possible.
developed opportunities for people to work, not only during the construction of his
located entrepreneurs and grew commercial enterprises to employ people in existing buildings, such as the vacant Pepperidge Farm plant where he
gave Victory Brewing
also developed employment opportunities for people in unique new commercial environments.
Places where big corporations like QVC could locate their Television Studio
and other places where you and I could see a movie and have dinner on a Saturday night.
developed opportunities for people to receive the education and training they needed to build a better life for themselves and their families in the school campuses he
He developed opportunities for people to enjoy open space and recreation such as golf, dining, shopping and entertainment that no other developer or entity has made possible here in Chester County.
These are all well-known examples of the opportunities Jack Loew
developed for the people of his
community, but I would like to share some less well known examples of the opportunities Jack Loew
developed for people...
I first met Mr Loew
almost 30 years ago when we both volunteered to help Gary Smith and The Chester County Economic Development Council
start a "Business Incubator" in Coatesville to create new businesses with jobs for unemployed steelworkers.
also championed the cause of Dick Saha's fight against the City of Coatesville's use of Eminent Domain.
Township, where I was born and raised and where my business still resides, Jack Loew
managed to change the Zoning regulations for the Ingleside Golf Course
from low-density housing that would have destroyed this beautiful park in the center of Caln.
convinced local government the community would be better served if the Golf Course remained as open space and new higher density housing were built around the course.
is a Municipal Golf Course that gives Caln Township open space and recreational facility in perpetuity, rather than another field of private homes on quarter acre lots as zoning regulations would have allowed.
developed opportunities for people to use open space for recreational activity all over Chester County, PA
I will also remember Jack Loew
as a client.
called for a project, he
was serious and curious about what solutions I could provide.
was always "hands-on" and enthusiastic about any project he
I always try to do my best for all of my clients, but for Jack Loew
this was especially true because his
enthusiasm was contagious.
inspired others, and so he
developed opportunities for people to achieve more than they thought possible of themselves.
Unfortunately, Jack Loew
has now developed the opportunity for people to grieve his
It is right to mourn... Jack Loew - the developer of opportunities for people - will be very sorely missed by all who knew him and those who didn't, but who benefited from his good work.
Certainly Jack Loew will be missed by his long-time business partner, Eli Kahn, who has shown Jack's same passion for developing opportunities for people.
Most of all, Jack Loew
will be missed by his
mother, wife, 6 children and 19 grandchildren.
I pray his
family's grief will gradually be replaced by the opportunity to enjoy the memories Jack Loew
developed during many years of devotion and love.
life was cut short by brain cancer, the same disease that claimed my brother, Gabe Milanese Jr
, in July.
I ask readers to follow the family's wishes and make a Memorial contribution in Jack Loew's
name to the National Brain Tumor Society
- a cause that is also very near and dear to my heart - at www.braintumor.org
A celebration of Mr Loew's
life was held at Downingtown Country Club
, Friday, Feb 7, 2014..
Over one thousand of Jack Loew's
friends and family came together to celebrate his
didn't live his
life like anybody else, his
memorial wasn't like anybody else's either.
We were greeted with Valet Parking at one of the Country Club's Jack owned.
We feasted on first class appetizers and drank from an open bar.
We spoke of the past for awhile.
We laughed and smiled and spoke fondly of Jack
as we remembered him.
would have loved that because, as one of his
associates said, "Jack
was a deal junkie" and "Jack
wanted business to continue as usual".
And business as usual in Jack's world was different than business as usual for others…
After the cocktail hour, many of the people who knew Jack best shared their memories of him at a podium.
One of Jack
's son's several of his
daughters, employees, partners, associates and his
attorney told us their personal experiences with Jack.
Several constants about Jack
were shared by all - Jack
was humorous, hard working, opportunistic, adventurous and the list goes on…
Eagle Scout - Jack
achieved the highest honor a Boy Scout can achieve by becoming an Eagle Scout at only fifteen.
followed the Scout oath in all he
Class President - Jack showed another early sign of ability and leadership when he was elected president of his high school senior class by his schoolmates.
Self-Made Businessman - Jack
business after borrowing $150,000 from his
mother's life savings, which he
promised her he
would pay back in one year - with interest.
's mother told me, with a smile and a twinkle in her
clear blue eyes, "It was the most expensive money Jack ever borrowed!"
Honest - Jack's word was his
handshake was better than the signature of most.
Even if a better deal could be made by Jack
after hands were shaken.
Humble - Jack
's many accomplishments would make it easy for him to seek credit and publicity or flaunt his
success , but Jack preferred to bestow accolades on his
associates, partners and community leaders.
unassuming nature was an asset when dealing with others.
Humorist - Everyone thinks they have a sense of humor - especially those that don't, but Jack
had a tremendous sense of humor that exposed the absurdity of a situation instead of the shortcomings of others.
Fun Lover- Every Friday afternoon all of Jack's employees - shared a drink and a casual forum where they could review and look ahead in a fun atmosphere.
As the company grew, so did the fun.
Adventurist - Most of us take risks in our profession and seek safety during down time.
continued to seek out adventure and brought others along for everything from barbecues to globe trotting excursions - if not in person then with lively accounts.
Adventurous leisure activity made Jack
a well rounded and exciting person.
Hard Worker - He
was the first to arrive and the last to leave.
wouldn't ask an employee to do anything he
Family Man - NOTHING was more important to Jack
than the happiness of his
family and he
was one of the rare workaholics who put family first.
In fact, as busy as Jack
made more time for his
family than some who are unemployed.
Risk Minimizer - Jack
was, more often than not, the smartest guy in the room.
intelligence to analyze an opportunity, maximize potential and minimize risk.
Debt Payer - Surely the road to ruin has been giving into the temptation of taking profit instead of paying down debt.
did not give into that temptation.
Entrepreneur Promoter - A critical part of Jack's success was his
eagerness to hire and train others who he
then encouraged to start their own business to compete with him in the same market.
Most of us do all we can to keep our employees from