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NORTH BENNINGTON -- Richard “Dick” Jackson, 73, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on April 23, 2007, after a long illness.

He was born on Christmas Day, 1933, in Ludlow, to Ralph and Gladys (Petty) Jackson. He graduated from Wallingford High School in 1952 and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1953. He served in the Korean War and completed tours in the Far East and England until 1959.

Dick married Theresa Harris of Shaftsbury, on Sept. 12, 1964. They enjoyed a very happy and loving 21 years together until Theresa passed away from cancer. Dick worked as a custodian for the Bennington School District and was an active member of the Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus for many years. His most important accomplishment, though, was continuing to raise his daughters the way he and his wife always wanted.

Dick loved to joke with people, but especially with kids, about their haircuts, girlfriends or boyfriends. He always had a candy bar or popsicle for every child who visited his home. He lived for his five grandchildren who were his pride and joy. Adam will always remember watching baseball games with his Papa and Timmy still laughs about the practical jokes they played on one another. Rachel enjoyed playing Uno with Papa and having water poured on her head when she least expected it. Alison loved going out to eat with Papa and having him sneak her candy bars, even right before dinner. Emily loved cuddling up with her Papa for her midday ba-ba, and stealing Hershey kisses from his private stash.

Dick was predeceased by his one true love, his wife Theresa (Harris) Jackson; his sister Eleanor; and twin brothers Leslie and Lyle. He is survived by his three daughters and their families, Susan and Thomas Yandow of Essex, Maria Jackson and Bryant Hall of Windsor, and Colleen and Casey Stevens of Essex. He also leaves his five adoring grandchildren, Adam, Timothy, and Rachel Yandow, and Alison and Emily Stevens. Dick is survived by two brothers and their wives, Elwin and Betty of Poultney and Donald and Joan of Castleton. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Mary Clickner, many nieces and nephews, and his longtime hunting and fishing buddy, Paul Bruso.

Donations can be made in Dick’s memory to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Vermont, 100 Dorset Street, Suite 14, South Burlington, VT 05403. Calling hours will be Thursday, April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street in Essex Junction, and Friday, April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street in Bennington. A funeral will be held Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington. Following the ceremony, Dick will be laid to rest next to his wife in North Bennington.

Information provided by the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 25, 2007
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