Jack Madison hits a volley

Jack Madison hits a volley as a tennis player at Columbus Academy in Gahanna. 

Starting tennis at just 6 years old and growing up at Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Jack Madison made many friends in school and on the court through his kind and positive nature. He died peacefully in his sleep Jan. 2, 2023 at the age of 20.

Madison was born Nov. 14, 2002 to Andrew and Carrie Madison into a multi-generational Bexley family and went to preschool at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus before attending Columbus Academy from Pre-K through high school.

“Family, first, and friends were the most important things to him,” Carrie Madison told the Columbus Jewish News. “But he also was able to know when he needed time to himself. He lived and loved life to the fullest.”

Reading from a book that family and friends filled with memories, she said people described him as funny, genuine, caring, kind, deep, serious, full of joy, silly, a mensch and able to make others comfortable.

“He just touched so many lives,” his aunt, Connie Tuckerman, told the CJN. “I was lucky to be a part of that and he was a wonderful, caring grandson and to all his cousins, amazingly close to all his cousins. Jack was an incredible family person as well as friend, and he was also a goofball.”

Her son, Arie Tuckerman, and Madison were born only six months apart and grew up playing tennis together, eventually becoming successful doubles partners in high school as they made it to two state finals together. They were also finalists for the 2021 Don Erkis & Lou Berliner High School Jewish Scholar/Athlete Award.

“It’s nice to have someone as my partner that I can get on and coach and he can get on me about the stuff I’m doing wrong and coach me,” Madison had previously told the CJN. “But I know he’s still always my friend deep down. I think that’s one of the most important parts of our tennis connection.”

At the end of his senior year of high school and freshman year at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Madison was suffering with a hernia that kept him off the courts for a year, but he was excited to play tennis again in 2023.

“Jack was one of the most friendly and respectful student-athletes we have had in our program,” Colorado College head tennis coach Anthony Weber said in a news release. “We will miss his selflessness and positive influence.”

He competed for the Tigers during the 2022 fall season and was paired with August Knox to win a match in the ‘B’ doubles bracket at the Metro State Invitational and play two singles matches.

Off the court, he loved music as he was always making playlists, was a radio show DJ with a friend at Colorado College, wrote many music reviews and interviewed musicians for his college newspaper, the Catalyst, where he was an editor, and the Sounds of Colorado College radio station’s blog, which he managed.

Madison had planned to declare as a history major and journalism minor with the dream of teaching history at his alma mater. Toward the end of high school, he had taken more of an interest in painting.

“He made us laugh,” his mother said. “He made us think, but he made us laugh.”

The family established the Jack Madison Memorial Fund at JewishColumbus to support causes close to his heart and passions. Contributions can be made by choosing the fund at jewishcolumbus.org/give-to-an-established-fund. For more information, contact Lori Maier Wishne at 614-559-3208 or lori@jewishcolumbus.org.

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