Edwin J. Jackson of Ormond Beach died on April 3, 2013 at age 95. He was born in Ilion, NY and earned his BSEE degree at Union College in Schenectady, NY. He started with GE in Schenectady as a "test engineer". During World War II, he worked in GE's Aeronautics and Ordnance Department as a controls engineer developing controls for B29 aircraft weapon systems. This evolved to management positions in Advance Electric Control Systems and the Light Military Electronics Department. Later, he managed large engineering organizations for GE in Aircraft Instruments in Lynn, MA, Apollo Support Department in Daytona Beach (Apollo was NASA's moon lander), and Locomotive Controls in Erie, PA. He retired from GE in 1979 after 39 years having earned several patents. He married Bernice I. Egger, also of Ilion, NY in 1943 and with her, raised a daughter, now Christine LaVoie of Ormond Beach, and a son, Fred of Wilmington, NC. He was an amateur radio enthusiast from 1993, an avid and skilled Bridge player, and a golfer with membership at Riviera Country Club. He enjoyed his gardening, loved his dogs, and had served as Treasurer of the Friends of the Ormond Beach Library. He is survived by his wife Bernice; daughter, Christine LaVoie and her husband George; son, Fred Jackson and his wife Ana Maria; granddaughter, Leslie Ann Jackson of Raleigh, NC, granddaughter, Tanya Beth Midyette and her husband Jack of Wake Forest, NC and Tanya and Jack's children Samantha and Gregory. There will be a family-only memorial service. Memorial donations to the Halifax Humane Society, 2364 LPGA Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32124 or the Salvation Army, 1555 LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32117 are welcomed. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Ormond.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 7, 2013