by Lisa Tome
You'd be hard pressed to find someone in southern Cecil County who didn't know Jack and Helen Myers. The couple, owners of Jack & Helen's restaurant,died three days apart last week.
John William, "Jack" Myers, of Chesapeake City, died, Sunday, June 9 at the age of 83. Helen died Wednesday, June 12, on her 81st birthday. "They welcomed everyone, no matter their circumstances," said their granddaughter, Connie Myers Forster. The couple, who were married 65 years, opened their restaurant in the 2700 block of Augustine Herman Highway in 1966. Fifteen years ago, they renewed their wedding vows at the Cecil County Holly Tree.
In May 2012, Helen put the restaurant on the market. The business closed late in the year. At that time, she explained tat she had gotten up at 3:15 a.m. 363 days per year, for many years. She wanted to retire and spend time with her husband.
"If I quit work, I can take him (Jack) out places. I think it's time we did something," she said. She also said her most important job was taking care of her husband. "I've got a full time job upstairs (the couple lived above the restaurant)," she said.
While Helen ran the restaurant, Jack also had a role. For years, he made handcrafted clocks and woodcrafts that were sold in the restaurant.
The couple is survived their three children, nine grandchildren, and more than a dozen great-grandchildren. Their son, John W. Myers, Jr. died before them. They were active in many organizations including Volunteer Fire Company Number 1 of Chesapeake City.
They were buried on Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Chesapeake City.
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