John Hamilton Laird, Jr.



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Rochester: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at age 75. Predeceased by his sister, Mary Alice (Laird) Russell. Survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Judith K. Laird; his children, Jennifer J. Laird-Moreland, Martin J. (Agnes) Laird; grandchildren, Jessica R. Woodruff, Alexa L. Lewis, Elsie A. Laird and Onnolee E. Laird; cousins and dear friends. Jack dedicated his time volunteering for SOFT (Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 & Related Disorders), he was a dedicated member of the Charlotte High School Reunion Committee, loved golf, music, drum corps and travelling with dear friends. Friends may call Saturday (Sept 2nd) 9-11 AM at Vay-Schleich and Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road, where his Funeral Service will follow calling hours on Saturday at 11:00 in the funeral home chapel. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to SOFT (Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders), 2982 S. Union Street, Rochester, NY 14624 in his memory. For more information or to sign Jack’s online guestbook, please visit


  1. Don Shultz on August 31, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I learned so much from Jack. He was always there for me. I will miss him.

  2. Kevin Merriman on August 31, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Much more than my ‘best friend’s dad’ or ‘next-door neighbor,’ Mr. Laird, like all the Lairds, was family. Like family, he nurtured, supported, encouraged, celebrated, consoled, and sometimes corrected, and I’m a much better person for his presence in my life. You’ve become part of my conscience, and I hope you are proud. Everything is ready now … you are home with the waiting Father. Peace.

  3. Wendy Perkins on August 31, 2017 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Leann M. Smith on August 31, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Such a sweet man. I will always remember him fondly.

  5. Lara on August 31, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Such fond memories of Uncle Jack! Remember traveling to Eileen Dr and always having such a wonderful time with family. Mom, dad and I are together now and sending hugs, prayers and healing thoughts. I know that Aunt Lee, Gigi, Aunt Mildred and Uncle Tug have welcomed him home. Much love and prayers, The Frantz family ❤

  6. Lisa Poulter on September 1, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jack, I remember when you would deliver pizza at my house in Charlotte for Judie and I!!! You will be sadly missed!!! I am grateful that you let Judie do what she loved!! I know she was away from you a lot at times but it was her passion, but you respected that!!! You wi be sadly missed!!! Don’t worry about Judie well take care of her!!♡♡♡

  7. Larry Britt on September 1, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Dear Judy, I am so sorry to hear about Jack. I have known Jack since our Charlotte High School days. We played baseball together, he was a pretty good player. I did not see him for several years because I was not living in Rochester. When I moved back here, we met again with the Reunion Committee, thanks to Carolyn. I think he really enjoyed compiling all the files for addresses and preparing the Reunion booklet. He will be sorely missed for the 60th. My best to you and your faimly.

  8. Carol Schafer on September 1, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Martin and family, My heartfelt condolences go out to you. Your dad helped raise you, Martin, and he did a FINE, FINE job! May God hold you all in his arms as you move through this time.

  9. Diane (Stecher) Jacobs on September 1, 2017 at 12:00 am

    My heartfelt condolences to Judy, Jennifer and Marty. My memories of you’d husband/dad stem from my earliest years, growing up as your next-door-neighbor. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a contagious laugh. Always a smile, a wave and a ‘hello’ when I would pass by. He had an amazing reel to reel tape player with the best music on it ( it made babysitting even more fun) that would introduce me to songs I still love today. I’ll never forget the first time I heard ‘Knights in White Satin’ on that machine. You were all the best neighbors ever. Sending my love.

  10. Linda and Jim McGlen on September 1, 2017 at 12:00 am

    To Judy, Jennifer, and Marty…We are so sorry for your loss and are offering prayers for you all. Good times on Eileen Dr. sometimes feel like ‘yesterday’ and sometimes like ages ago. God bless! Linda and Jim McGlen

  11. Garner & Janie Delk on September 1, 2017 at 12:00 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are lifting you all up In our prayers.

  12. Sue Cunning (Suzy) and Ron Cunning on September 1, 2017 at 12:00 am

    With deep regards Judie and your family. You sacrificed a lot to have a life with this man and you appeared to have a happy life together. I always considered you a special friend even during the ‘bumpy parts’! If not, it would not have been so difficult.

  13. Jim and Rosemarie on September 3, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Jack, you leave us with deep sorrow in our hearts but cherishing each and every memory of our 37-year relationship. You and your family will forever be a part of our family. We will remain close and continue to create memories. You have had a profound impact on our lives and all those around you. We have laughed, cried, argued, kidded and enjoyed. Thank you for sharing your life and your family’s life with us. You will be missed but not forgotten.

  14. Tricia and Doug Oppelt on September 3, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Judy, Jen and Marty, Our deepest condolenses to each of you. Jack was such a wonderful, caring man who always welcomed you with a warm smile. Doug and I have such fond memories of him and those memories will forever be in our hearts. We are holding each of you in our prayers as you get through this difficult time. Forever hold Jack’s unconditional love for you deep in your soul and know that he is at peace and no longer suffering physically. We are so sorry we weren’t able to be at his funeral service but please know we were thinking of each of you. Our love to you, Tricia and Doug.

  15. John and Leslie Carey on September 5, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Judy, Jack will always remain in the hearts of all in the SOFT Community. His contributions to families of SOFT are truly immeasurable and lasting. He is missed beyond words.

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