Custom Paint Career
Jerry attended Macomber and Woodward High Schools before going to barber school. He cut hair with his dad at the family barber shop, eventually changing the Lagrange Street shop’s name to “Jerry’s Barbershop.” According to Jerry's daughter, Denise Swy, Jerry would park his hot rod cars outside his barbershop, eventually realizing he could make more money and enjoy his time more if he did his car work full-time. So he did, launching a career of car painting and design that spanned the rest of his life. "He had a real flair for design. He really liked the idea of the beauty of the car" Denise told Zack Lemon of The Toledo Blade.
Jerry worked for many years with John Cassaubon, who would stripe the lines on the cars that Jerry painted. Their shared work prompted a friendship that lasted more than 60 years; "We tried to make the best of whatever we did. Car guys seem to gravitate toward each other," John said to remember his old friend after he had passed away.
Founding Member of the Pharaohs Car Club
Jerry Halak's Cars
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