Youth charity founder and former businessman Sir Jack Petchey dies aged 98

Charity / Fri 28th Jun 2024 at 05:57am

THE death of Jack Petchey has been announced.

A spokesperson said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Sir Jack Petchey CBE who passed away today, 27th June at his home in Wapping aged 98 years. He will be greatly missed by friends and family and by the many young people, teachers and youth leaders whose lives have been impacted by the work of his Foundation. 

From humble beginnings, Sir Jack left school aged 13 without any qualifications. Through his entrepreneurial spirit he became one of Britain’s most successful businessmen. This enabled him to achieve his ambition of giving young people the opportunities and confidence he lacked as a child. As he always told young people “If you think you can, you can”. His charitable trust, The Jack Petchey Foundation, has to date invested over £170 million in youth projects. Messages have already started pouring in from the young people and families whose lives he touched.  

“A private funeral service will be held for family and friends. An event to celebrate his life is to be announced in due course. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence can do so by visitinghttps://sirjackpetcheycbe.muchloved.com/

‘Sir Jack’s legacy will be the continuing work of his Foundation supporting young people. Contributions in memory of Sir Jack can be made via the condolence page or via the Jack Petchey Foundation website here: https://www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/news/in-memory-of-sir-jack-petchey-cbe

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2 Comments for Youth charity founder and former businessman Sir Jack Petchey dies aged 98:

James Griggs
2024-06-28 10:00:26

sad news but it was most certainly a life very well lived and he used his good fortune to give support and inspiration to thousands of individuals and organisations. What a fantastic legacy. Thank you Sir Jack

Jennifer Steadman
2024-06-28 16:10:09

What an amazing legacy Sir Jack leaves behind. Bless you Sir for what you did in life & will continue to do after your passing.

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