My good friend and a guy that really knew air cargo, Jack
Zembeck passed away on Sunday, April 15, at age 79.
Jack was manager of cargo sales for the original Frontier
Airlines. I worked as a cargo senior agent in Denver for Frontier and
worked closely with Jack. After Frontier in 1986 he went to America West
Airlines and then worked for several companies afterwards.
Jack came to Denver from Jamaica, NY, and filled our 737 and
Convair 580 aircraft with cargo. His forwarder and airline background
made him a guy that I could go to for answers. He knew his customers and
how to max out an airplane with cargo.
I last saw Jack at the JFK Air Cargo day in Howard Beach a
couple of years ago. We swapped stories and he was always aware of the
market. He was a New Yorker in and out, but really loved the west.
He will be missed.
Cargo Network Services
Jack served at Air Express International
Wings & Wheels [Guenter Rohrmann], was a forwarding pioneer, and prior
to that worked at Airborne Freight.
Later Jack moved into airline cargo at Trans World Airlines
(TWA), Frontier, and, as Mike mentions, America West. A New Yorker and
graduate of Queens College, Jack knew his stuff and was air cargo through
and through. He was likeable and always welcoming and willing to go deep
dish and share his thoughts toward the betterment of our industry.
Best of all, Jack was fun to talk and share stories with.
He was a people person who helped others and shared what he
knew, but he was also willing to learn.
We honor Jack’s life and marvel at how he coped losing
his beloved first wife, Linda, a decade ago in May 2010, and mourn his
passing. We send his wife, Sharon Hutton Zembeck, his three children and
their families every affection at this time.