October 11, 1924 ~ October 4, 2012

Born in: Wheeling, WV,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Jack Randolph Gwennap, 87, of Asheville, passed away at the John F. Keever Solace Center on October 4, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 11, 1924 in Wheeling, WV to the late Thomas and Mary Gwennap. Jack was a veteran of World War II and fought with the 88th Artillery Brigade in Italy. After the war, he completed his education at Bethany College near Wheeling, WV, where he met his wife of 62 years, Marjorie Keller Gwennap. After graduation, Jack began a 24-year career with Piedmont Airlines. He relocated to Asheville in 1960 as station manager when the Asheville Airport prepared to open. In 1974, Jack turned a passion for photography into a full-time occupation and opened GwenVue Photo Studio. He was well engaged in the community as a photographer of weddings, sports teams and special events. Jack was a longtime member of Arden Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and clerk of the session. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed countless sporting events, rooting especially for the North Carolina Tar Heels. In addition to his wife, Marge, he is survived by his daughter, Sheila Wright and her husband, Ed, of Candler and his son Tim Gwennap and his wife, Libby, of Arden. In addition, "Grandy" will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Kacy Depenbrock and her husband, Patrick, of Alexandria, VA, Matt Wright and his wife, Heather, of Wilmington, NC, Todd Gwennap and his wife, Jenn, of Fletcher and Ty Gwennap and his wife, Anna, of Durham, NC. He will also be missed by his great-grandchildren: Ava, Anna, John, Sam and Caroline Depenbrock, Jack, Audrey and Raney Gwennap, and Thomas and Eleanor Wright. Jack is also survived by his sister, Phyllis Gwennap and his nephew, Scott Gwennap, both of Wheeling, WV. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 8, 2012 at Arden Presbyterian Church with Jack's grandson, the Reverend Todd Gwennap and the Reverend Ken Crabb officiating. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mercy Ministry of Arden Presbyterian Church, 2215 Hendersonville Road, Arden, NC 28704 or to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 (www.carepartners.org).

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. My thoughts and prayers are will the family at this time.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss of Jack, but know he is in a better place. We will all miss him. My prayers go out for his family; for peace and comfort during this time of grieving.

  3. To all the Gwennap family, Mary Dot and I love all you guys so much. We feel like we are part of the family. That is the reason loosing Jack hurts so much, but we can rejoice for we know that he is indeed with our Heavenly Father. We have all spent so much together sharing life,raising our families,going to church together , watching hundreds of ball games without killing each other. So many memories from birth to the grave.Well, we will always remain friends and family, til we all get to that great feast! We love you Marge and will always always be there for you. That goes for all the family. Bill and Mary Dot

  4. I AM so sorry to hear about the passing of Jack Gwennap. Tim , Libby and all the Gwennap family you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Gwennap was a wonderful man who touched so many people with the talents he had. Cathie Todd

  5. Dear Gwennap Family,
    Kathy and I were saddened to hear of Jack’s death but also glad of his deliverance from pain and suffering. We pray that our Lord will fill your hearts and minds with precious memories and God’s promise of eternal life to all those who trust in Christ as their Savior and Lord. We have many fond memories of Jack and know that you will miss him greatly. May God comfort your hearts is our prayer!

  6. I express my deepest condolences to the family for your loss. Please take comfort in the bible’s promise of the time when tears and death will be no more. (Rev.21:3,4) May you continue to rely on Jehovah God and his word the bible during your time of grief.

  7. Jack will always be remembered as a man who loved his family, church and community. He was always willing to help those in need. Marge, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. You are very special. Arbie Rhodes

  8. Dear Marge and Family
    We are sad to learn of Jack’s death. He was so active in all aspects of the community he will be greatly missed. May God’s Peace be with you.
    Shannon and Joe

  9. Dear Gwennap Family:
    We wanted to share our sorrow in the passing of Mr. Gwennap. He was our wedding photographer in 1976 and took family photos when our children were small. He was kind, patient and a wonderful photographer.


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