Jack Porritt

SARASOTA, Fla. — Jack B. Porritt, 84, died April 18, 2021 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in a fall at his winter home in Sarasota.

Jack was born on January 2, 1937, to Donald and Mildred Porritt in Pontiac.

He attended Pontiac High School and continued his education at Michigan State University, graduating in 1959 with a B.S. degree in hotel management. He then worked at MSU in food service.

He served in the US Marine Reserves from 1962 to 1968.

Jack moved to Houghton in 1963, and began his career as manager of the Memorial Union at Michigan Technology University, retiring in 1995.

He bought a home in Sarasota, Florida soon after he retired and spent the winters there.

He was a member of the Lamba Chi Alpha fraternity and active supporter for many years. He was also a member of the Shriners and Masons.

Jack performed on stage in his younger years and played the roles of the Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk, the Prince in Cinderella and Captain Hook in Peter Pan. He also enjoyed singing and was a member of the Central Mine Reunion Choir for nearly 50 years, missing only one year when he had heart surgery and last year when it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Jack loved to laugh and enjoyed his social life, whether it was hosting friends or family at his homes in Houghton and Sarasota, on his boat, or sharing cocktails and meals with good friends at his favorite local restaurants and bars. He was a kind and generous man, often offering a helping hand and support to someone in need.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers James, Richard and Donald, a twin brother, Billy; sister, Joann.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews, and his many dear friends.

A graveside service is scheduled for August 14 at the Perry Mount Park Cemetery in Pontiac.