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JACKSON, Michael, Sr. 82, surrounded by his family, passed away peacefully after a short illness. He resided in West Falmouth, MA, Isle of Palms, SC and Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas. He was born in Boston, MA and graduated from Westminster School in 1949, from Harvard University in 1953 and received his Masters in Mathematics from Trinity College. For 43 years he was on the faculty of Westminster School, Simsbury, CT: teaching math and physics, coaching football, hockey and baseball, and maintaining the hockey rink--which is named for him. Mr. Jackson was a lifelong sailor, and won the Sears Cup--the national youth triple-handed championship. He was a member of the Chapoquoit Yacht Club and the Hope Town Sailing Club. Known for his prowess in the workshop, he built three cars, a gyrocopter, an amphibious airplane, two houses, and three boats. He raced cars competitively and was a private pilot. He was pre-deceased by his first wife Leslie Jones and he is survived by his beloved wife Gail Sargent Jackson, his sister Phyllis Mills of New York City, his brother Tim of Dedham, MA (his two brothers John and Jimmy pre-deceased him), his four children and two step children Linda Silvers of Petaluma, CA, Jenny Jackson of Hopedale, MA, Michael Jackson, Jr. of Southborough, MA, Tim Jackson of West Falmouth, MA, Wayne Sargent of Orlando, FL and Debbie Hankinson of Mount Pleasant, SC. He was the cherished grandfather of Nat, Sam, Libby, Abigail, Geoffrey, Bryan, Tyler, and Landon. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Habitat for Humanity where Mr. Jackson regularly swung his hammer (eastcooperhabitat.org). There will be a memorial service at St. Barnabas Church, Falmouth, MA on Friday, July 26th at 2pm. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.mcalister-smith.com.
Published in The Boston Globe on July 21, 2013
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