In addition to becoming Stokes’ guardian, Twyman organized an exhibition game with NBA players to raise money for Stokes, who died in 1970. That game became an annual tradition to raise money for needy former players.
“He was a great man, a devoted husband and father and a tremendous grandfather,” Jay Twyman said.
“What he accomplished in his lifetime was really the equivalent of three lifetimes,” said Twyman, referring to his father’s success in basketball and business and his devotion to Stokes and other friends and family members.
Jack Twyman’s daughter, Lisa Bessone of Santa Fe, N.M., described her father as someone who was “larger than life and who always gave 110 percent to everything he did.”
“He believed every day was a gift, and that’s how he approached his life,” Bessone said.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Gertrude Church in the Cincinnati suburb of Madeira.
Twyman also is survived by his wife Carole, two other daughters and 14 grandchildren.