Dying Colonie Man Wishes He Spent Less Time With Kids

By Quack Davis

Published May 28th, 2017

COLONIE — If Jack Veal could do it all over again, the 69-year-old grandfather would have spent more time at the office and less time at home.

“I wasted my best years with my wife and children,” said Veal, a father of five.  “My wife was OK, but the kids were a pain in my ass. Very expensive, too.”

Veal, a retired lobbyist who worked 60 to 70 hours a week for most of his career, said he was still “forced” to attend his kids’ softball games, plays and parent-teacher conferences.

“I could have been in my office going over paperwork or speaking to attorneys,” Veal told the Smudge in an exclusive bedside interview. “I’ll never get those nights back.”

Veal said family vacations were "stupid" outside of the times he and his late wife, Vicki, were intimate.

"But even then," Veal said, "one of those brats was never too far away. I'd be getting ready to score and Jack Jr. or one of the other little assholes would run into our room  ‘scared’ because they saw the bogeyman or something gay like that. Then my wife would fall out of the mood. It still pisses me off." 

Veal’s son, Maverick, 39, said he, his two brothers and two sisters, are not surprised at their father’s attitude.

“Pop was always in a bad mood,” Maverick Veal said.  “He was only happy when he was leaving for work in the morning or when one of us stayed over at a friend’s house. And he installed that ethic in us. Just a great man.”

Maverick Veal said he has carried on the tradition by attending as few of his children’s softball games or plays as possible, and walking around perpetually angry.

“It’s a family tradition,” said Maverick. “All the Veal men are basically complete jerks.”


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