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Surrounded by the unconditional love of family and friends, and strengthened by the sacrament of Christ's body and blood, T. Michael Jackson, age 67, entered eternal life on September 9, 2015 after a long battle with Leukemia. He was the son of the late Robert R. and Kathryn A. Jackson. "Mike" was raised in Alexandria, VA and resided there for much of his adult life. He was active in civic affairs, serving on several boards and commissions in Alexandria, including three terms on the Alexandria City Council. While on Council, Mike gained a reputation for being concerned with neighborhood issues and health care for students. He served as the President of the Taylor Run Civic Association, headed Alexandria's United Way Community Forum, and was an advocate for the homeless and poor. He also served as a volunteer fire fighter and was on the board of directors for Washington Metro. Professionally, Mike spent 36 years working for Amtrak where he excelled as a Labor Relations Specialist. He also retired from the US Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel. After spending several years in Baltimore, MD, Mike moved with his family to New Freedom, PA where he became a member of the New Freedom Lions Club and was the charter representative for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 24. He served as an Assistant Scout Master of Troop 24 from 2009 until he became ill in April 2014. He mentored many of the boys in Troop 24 and helped several, including his son, Robert, earn their Eagle Scout Rank. Even after moving to New Freedom, Mike remained an active member of the congregation of the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore where he most recently served as a youth leader and member of the Chapter. Mike is survived by his wife and partner in life, Patricia Glace Jackson as well as his children, Kathryn A., a sophomore at Millersville University, Robert G., a senior at Susquehannock High School ,and Mary E., a sophomore at Susquehannock. He also leaves behind his sister Eileen (Corey) Ulmer of Lodge, SC, and a host of family and friends. Mike was a devoted son, brother, husband and father. He took great delight in watching his family grow and could be found at various athletic events cheering for the children. The family will receive friends at J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, 24 N. 2nd Street, New Freedom, PA 17349 on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm. A celebration of Mike's life will be held at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218 on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 4pm. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Cathedral of the Incarnation for the creation of an educational fund for the Jackson children.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Sept. 11, 2015
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