On August 10, 2011, my dad Jay died after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed in May and the cancer had already spread to his liver and spine. Chemotherapy and radiation were unsuccessful. He fought hard, but was no match for this terrible disease.
We are honored to establish the Keeping Jay’s Memory Alive page for our father, Jay Peck, in order to pay tribute to this wonderful man. Since our father’s passing, we have been passionately committed to help support finding the answers for this insidious disease, so that one day, no other family will have to experience a loss like we have. His memory has already raised over $10,000! On behalf of our family, we thank you for visiting our father’s page and supporting our mission.
Jay was born on August 20, 1951 in Waukesha, WI. He grew up in Big Bend, WI with his parents, four older sisters, and his grandma Elsie. He attended Big Bend Elementary School and Mukwonago High School, where he was a basketball star. After high school, Jay attended U. W. Whitewater, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies. He met his future wife, Lynn while attending college and they married on August 11, 1973. Jay and Lynn had three children; Jon in 1975, Jenny in 1977, and Jessie in 1980. The family lived briefly in New Berlin, East Troy, and Memphis, TN, before settling in their current home in Lake Geneva.
Jay began his career in the engine business immediately after graduation from college at Teledyne Total Power. He worked there until 1991. While working for TTP, he forged a relationship with Fuji Heavy Industries of Japan. They enlisted him to establish a North American distribution center for their industrial engines and equipment, which was completed in 1993 and named Robin America. Jay was the president of Robin America, Inc. at the time of his death in 2011.
Jay and Lynn have seven wonderful grandchildren. Family was the most important element of Jay’s life. Each weekend was filled with family adventures and Sunday night dinners. Family vacations were a highlight for Jay. Because Jay loved to golf, many of the family trips were to destinations that included challenging golf courses. Jay’s other favorite pastime was teasing. He loved to stir up trouble! He lived life to the fullest, and he will be surely missed by us all.
Next month, November, is national Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Thousands of people will be supporting the fight against pancreatic cancer, and honoring loved ones who have battled the disease. We ask that you remember our father, Jay, during that time and, most importantly, wear PURPLE! Also, please feel free to share a good memory about Jay. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.
For more information on the disease, how to volunteer, or support finding a cure – please visit www.pancan.org.