The collaborative community lost a colleague, mentor, and friend last month. Jack contracted polio and suffered paralysis at the age of six however, instead of becoming bitter or disheartened about the resulting challenges, he believed that surviving polio enabled him to give back to others, to strive to be his best and to be thankful to God for all the ways that he had been blessed. Jack used his faith to lift up all around him. He was unwavering in his goal to grow collaborative divorce because he knew the positive impact it had on couples and their families, even while they were entrenched in difficult and negative times.

Jack was confident that his life and the work he did was assisted by angels. In truth, Jack was his family, friends, clients, and the collaborative community’s angel as he provided support, comfort, love, and guidance to those in need. He was compassionate and gave encouragement to all without expecting anything in return. Jack was an integral part of our community and was one of the few collaborative professionals who achieved being Master Credentialed. In 2018, Jack received the highest honor the collaborative community bestows, the Gay G. Cox Award for Excellence in Collaborative Law. He was a skilled collaborative professional, but more importantly, Jack was a true collaborative soul, he was a peacemaker at heart.

We are reminded of one of the many things we learned from Jack when he wrote that “Learning how to say goodbye is one of life’s greatest lessons.” So, as we sadly say goodbye, we will never forget Jack. The bond we had with him will keep a part of Jack with us. We will always remember him with love and aspire to live what he taught us by word, deed, and song. We will honor him by carrying on with his mission and heeding his message to live life in a way that is mindful of the kind of legacy and example left behind. Jack Emmott made us better collaborative professionals. He will always be an inspiration to those of us who knew and loved him while we aspire to be what he demonstrated, by example, the best human being possible.

Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to Jack’s angel, his wife and equal partner of over fifty years, Dorothy, and to his family. Godspeed Jack. We will remember the love and lessons you shared with us.

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