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Robert E. Evans Funeral Home

16000 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD

OBITUARY

Jack Gordon Cleveland

March 4, 1973January 10, 2020

Jack Gordon Cleveland passed away peacefully at home on January 10, 2020, of heart failure. Jack was a special person--brilliant, dedicated, generous and funny--loved by his family, friends and co-workers for his expansive and compassionate personality and his willingness to pitch in and go the distance to help others solve problems and provide encouragement.

Jack was born on March 4, 1973, in Durango, Colorado, to Gordon and Patricia Cleveland. He attended Bowling Green High School in Ohio, where he played football, and graduated from Flagstaff High School in June, 1990, where he participated in Academic Decathalon. He earned his BS in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland in December, 2002. Jack became a creative and collaborative IT professional, working for Symantec in Oregon, and serving as Dept. Technology Officer for the University of Maryland’s R. H. Smith School of Business. He was working as an IT technology support professional for ORACLE Corp. in Columbia, MD, at the time of his passing.

In between he applied his talents to IT positions with Kadix Systems, TCS and Clutch Group. A voracious reader, Jack loved a wide range of music and was a “foodie” who enjoyed cooking and sharing with his friends and family. He is survived by his parents, Gordon and Patricia Cleveland; his son, Robert Gordon Cleveland; his sister, Byrd Adrian, of Niskayuna, NY; and his aunt, Maureen Carroll, of Lawrence, Kansas; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews who looked up to Jack as the cool older kid.

A shining star, his time on earth was much too short, and he will be sorely missed by one and all.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Covenant House, Attn: Sandra Latchman, 5 Penn Plaza, New York City, NY.

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 26, 2020

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Gary Adams

January 26, 2020

I didnt know Jack for very long. We were in a treatment facility together and quickly hit it off when we both laughed at a very dry joke. I knew then that this Giant of man was as gentle as he was down right humongous. His shoes required shoes they were so big. So terribly sorry I am unable to attend the service. Jack was the one of the people who brought me out of my shell. We played a metric ton of chess and this gigantic man even got me to read a book. Two of them. Oh and he tricked me into becoming community leader (long story). He would have given me the shirt off his back. If I had needed a blanket. Did I mention he was huge? One very short month. That's it. That was more than enough time needed to realize that Jack Cleveland was someone very special. I will always remember you kind sir....Than You Jack Cleveland. Too soon.

Zeinab Karake

January 24, 2020

Dear Pat and Gordon,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Jack. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. May God grant you the strength to sustain this loss.

Zeinab

Kazim Ruhi

January 23, 2020

Dear Pat,

I am very sorry to hear about the recent loss of your Son. Please know that you have my sincere condolences in this time of grieving.

In sympathy
Kazim Ruhi

Elizabeth Mitchell

January 23, 2020

Dear Pat and Gordon,

I just learned of Jack’s passing.

My deepest condolences to you and your family and friends.

I knew Jack a little because of our overlapping work, but know he was extraordinary because he was your son.

You and your family are in my prayers.

In sympathy,

Elizabeth Mitchell

Gabi Salinas

January 22, 2020

Dear Pat and Gordon,
I am shocked and greatly saddened to learn of Jack's passing. It is so surreal for me and my heart breaks for you both! I will always remember that charming grin, the warmth and caring that Jack had for everyone. Jack was a special light to those that got to spend time with him. I am so very, very sorry. Much love. -Gabi

John and Patti Carroll

January 17, 2020

Pat,
We are so sorry about your loss and the passing of your son Jack.
You are in our thought and prayers. We wish we could have know him. He sounded like a wonderful person.
Love you,
John, Patti and David Carroll

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY