Jack O. Coalter, 90, of Winter Park, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 1st at Delray Community Hospital, in Delray Beach, Fla.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Jack served in the Navy in World War II and enjoyed a lifelong career with Eastern Airlines. Along with Merle, his wife of 59 years who passed in 2005, the couple lived in Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Connecticut and New Jersey before moving to Winter Park in 1970.
As Regional Sales Manager for Eastern Airlines, Jack helped open Disney World, and was a member of many charitable organizations during his 37-year career. He flew with President Eisenhower's and President Kennedy's administrations and created many marketing programs for Eastern. He was the inaugural president of the Orlando chapter of the professional travel organization, SKAL, as well as the Eastern Airlines Retirement Group. He was a devoted member of Winter Park United Methodist Church.
Jack and Merle enjoyed traveling around the world, boating and spending time with family and friends. In later years, Jack loved entertaining people with his many stories.
Born in Newport News, Va., the youngest child of William P. Coalter and Margaret Eken Coalter, Jack had three brothers: William, Sydney and Joseph, and one sister, Edith. His wife and daughter, Joyce Ann, predeceased him. Survivors include his children: Jackie Coalter Slatkow and her husband Andrew; grandchildren Stephanie and Peter O'Grady and Matthew Slatkow; great-grandson Dylan O'Grady, sister-in-law Margaret Wooten; nieces Peggy O'Connell, Carolyn Hawkins and Vicky Coalter and nephews Clark and Steve Doran.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th in the chapel at Winter Park First United Methodist Church, 125 North Interlachen Ave.
Because Jack loved to make people smile, memorials can be made to Operation Smile at www.operationsmile.org.