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Jack George Salay

September 24, 1954 - November 26, 2022
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Jack George Salay

September 24, 1954 - November 26, 2022

Jack George Salay, 68, died November 26, 2022, at his home in Clearwater, FL. 
 
A native of Trenton, NJ, Jack attended St. Stanislaus School, for which he played and excelled at basketball at the local Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), where teams from schools throughout the Diocese of Trenton competed.  He was also a gifted baseball pitcher, playing for and later coaching the 6-11 Little League in Trenton.   
 
Jack graduated from Cathedral High School, having recently attended his 50th reunion celebration.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, and was a flight instructor for many years.  
 
Like many of his generation, Jack moved west, settling in Las Vegas in the late 1970s, where he embarked on a lifelong career in the gaming industry, working as a dealer of craps, blackjack, and roulette, and serving as a floor supervisor, for casinos including the Sands, Mirage, Beau Rivage, and MGM Grand.  In 2010, he parlayed that experience into his well-received book “How to Play Craps.” Jack later moved to the South, working at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL, and the Island View in Gulfport, MS, from which he retired in 2019.  
 
Although Jack never again lived in the Northeast, he never forgot his old Trenton neighborhood and the friends he made there;  they remained his closest friends, and he had many.  His gregarious, fun-seeking, forthright, and warm personality drew people to him, and most of the friends he made were friends for life.
 
Jack was predeceased by his parents, John T. and Helen Ann Gerepka Salay.  
Surviving are his cousins: Raymond M. Gerepka, Marcia E. (Gerepka) Blicharz, Peter Gerepka, Norine A. Gerepka, Joan Schnorbus, Joan Salay Janusz, Maryanne C. (Gerepka) Taft, William R. Gerepka, Paula Schnorbus, and Thomas E. Peterman, Jr., numerous distant cousins, and devoted friends Marijane Supal, Marion Wszolek, and Jim Pequita.  
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Holy Cross Church in Trenton, followed by interment at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities, the Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County, or Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton.

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Christy Duke Mr Gleason, I miss you calling you that.. I enjoyed being on a craps game with you, you made it so fun and frustrating too. Rest in peace.
about 1 year ago

Debbie Darsey So sorry to hear this news!! He was a dear friend! We worked together at the Beau Rivage !! He will be missed!!
about 1 year ago

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