A Message from Jack’s Parents

Dear Friends of Jack,

With a heavy heart and too much sadness to comprehend, we wanted to let you know that our beloved son, Jack, died unexpectedly this past Friday evening in his home. We still do not know what happened and we may never know. At this time, it looks and feels like an unintentional, tragic accident. What we do know is that Jack had never been a happier person right up until the moment he left us.  He was in high spirits and optimistic about his relationship with his loving girlfriend, Grace, and looking forward to his senior year and beyond.

Jack was a beautiful person with a sense of kindness toward others that is so very rare.

Since we know that Jack made many personal connections with many folks along his bike trip this summer, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or if you simply want to talk about Jack. John Linger’s email is lingerjs@gmail.com and Kathleen’s email is lingerkath@gmail.com. It may take a week or to respond but we will be in touch.

In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of Jack, you can make donations to the Adventure Cycling Association. [Note: This link has been updated to take you to the page created in memory of Jack].  ACA has many opportunities to give back including a scholarship program for others to have a similar opportunity like Jack’s. Another organization that Jack loved was the National Outdoor Leadership School. Please be sure to indicate the gift is in honor of Jack Linger.

Godspeed Jack.

John and Kathleen Linger

25 responses to “A Message from Jack’s Parents

  1. That Jack. Thanks for letting us be a part of him.

    Light, air, and love.

  2. Jack – thank you for being such an inspiration and for letting us follow your journey. You will be missed by us all.

  3. Thank you for inspiring all of us to be better human beings, Jack. I am profoundly saddened by your sudden departure from us. Thank you for being such a wonderful demonstration of kindness and empathy. I will always be grateful that our paths crossed.

    • Thank you Owen and we especially appreciate you inspiring him to take this journey and mentor him. Your class truly sparked the interest in this adventure.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear of Jack’s death. He will be missed as I and others felt great things from his tales of this summer adventure. I can not even imagine your grief. May God provide you comfort and strength to carry on.

  5. Jack, I keep imagining you’ll walk into the art room and share one of your extraordinary outdoor experiences or brainstorm about plans for a new endeavor. You lived large with a big heart and deep curiosity. Thank you for including us in the journey. And yes, indeed…Godspeed.

  6. Jack, you truly inspired those around you to be better. I will never forget your immense joy for the outdoors and all of the stories you told to me about it. Thank you for always making environmental science interesting.

  7. Joseph Kibiwott

    We met briefly over a meal along his trail in MT. Jack inspired us and we followed his blogs all the way. He left a lot of good lessons for us to ponder on and somehow use the time to inspire others. He ran his good race, finished it and rested in eternity. Such a kind hearted person.

  8. Jack, you were exceptional in your curiosity to understand first and then act. You modeled what we need most in this world. Your message will be remembered. Your passing has shocked us to the core. God speed sweet beautiful young man. May your family be comforted with your soul presence every moment of their lives.

    • Thank you Hilary. We are making plans for a plot for Jack in Ripton along the Middlebury pass. I will be in touch when we are in VT. Xoxo.

  9. Jack, in your journey to discover America and feel the pulse of her people and landscape–you imparted, on those of whom you encountered, an elevated sense of hope for our collective future. You will be remembered and missed.

  10. Jack will never be forgotten. Much love from Grace’s family to all of you. Rest in Peace dear Jack.

  11. the link above seems to be broken, so here is the link to donate for ACA in Jack’s name -> https://www.adventurecycling.org/support-adventure-cycling/donate/

  12. Thank you, Kristina Boone, for pointing out the broken link. It has been corrected in the blog post.

  13. May the joy and inspiration that Jack brought to all those that crossed his path remain with us always. Thank you, Jack. You made this world a better place.

  14. I had the true honor and privilege to ride with Jack on a portion of the Northern Tier route during his great adventure. Although we were together for just a short time, I could tell that Jack was a wonderful and special person. I can assure his family and friends that his memory lives on through his writings, and through all of us that were touched by his passion for bicycle travel and his belief in the goodness of all people.

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