Editor: Sometimes certain people in life affect us. Change us. Evolve us.
Jack MacAndrew was one of those people. I met Jack in earnest about a decade ago. I was seeking a Master of Ceremonies for the Honorary Islander Spud In Ceremony. I needed someone who could engage an audience, generate some laughs and be memorable. All roads led me to Jack. My knowledge of Jack prior to this was born solely on reputation. I knew he was diverse and accomplished in his varied career. From politics to pen, Jack was a game changer and had impact every time he did anything. I knew he was fearless. I knew he was fiercely proud as a fourth generation descendant of Scots Highland settlers.
It’s what I didn’t know about Jack that I truly treasure. His caring ways, a giving nature and bone tickling humor albeit wry at times. Wait, this didn’t match the gruff exterior! The commanding voice, the towering presence, the confident, knowing smile.
He would regale me with colorful stories of people and events that helped shape his career. Many of those stories ended with a hearty laugh and a knee slap. There was a lesson to be learned in every account. Maintain your integrity. Remember the people involved. Trust your instincts. Keep a sense of humor.
His love and interest in the seafood industry was palatable. He stayed informed and regularly wrote about the inner workings of the business. His keen insight will be missed.
Jack has left a significant mark. Being of humble nature, he would scoff at the reference but mentor comes to mind.