Gerald S. Jackson

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Gerald S. Jackson Gerald S. Jackson (Jerry), resident of Anna Maria Island, Fla., passed away Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the age of 93. Jerry was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Patricia Scott Jackson; his parents and 2 brothers, Raymond Jackson and Robert Jackson. Coach as he was affectionately called is survived by his 7 children, Mary Pat (Joe) Lavandera, Jerry Jackson (Lisa), Tim Jackson (Carol), David Jackson (Janet), Ann Geiger (Dave), Jane Charles (Ricky), Kenneth Jackson; 14 grand-children and 7 great-grandchildren. Jerry graduated from Hillsborough High School before he joined the U.S. Navy in 1942. After serving in WW II he attended the University of Tampa, where he played football and was nicknamed "Speedy Spartan". He is in the UT Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame for football. Jerry served in the public school system for 35 years, and was the head football coach at Brandon High School 19511963. In 1957, Jackson's Eagles put it all together. The defense allowed but 3.3 points a game and shut out the opponent six times during a 10-0 season. A Tampa Bay Conference Championship was the result. More than wins and losses, Coach remembered how his players helped construct Brandon's new stadium in 1960. He stated that his players didn't have to lift weights when they were lifting bags of cement every afternoon. Later he served as a coach and athletic director at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, FL, before returning to Brandon High School where he retired as a guidance counselor. Jerry was born in Oneco, FL, and lived on AMI for 30 years where he enjoyed walking the beach, working in his yard, smoking cigars and drinking manhattans. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. immediately followed by Mass at 10:30, Thursday, August 16, at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Sisters of the Holy Name Retirement Fund, 1061 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208, in memory of Patricia Jackson. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on Aug. 12, 2018
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