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William Richard "Dick" Jackman

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William Richard "Dick" Jackman

Dick passed away peacefully on Monday, June 25, 2012 in Seattle at the age of 85. He was born on December 8, 1926, in Chilliwack, British Columbia, the son of Clarence and Nellie Jackman. Dick graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle. He then served in the Navy as a Pharmacist's Mate/Corpsman at Balboa Hospital in San Diego, caring for wounded seamen near the close of WWII. After his service he attended the University of Washington and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1950. In 1950 he also married the love of his life, Colleen, on St. Patrick's Day.

He began work at Craigen Pharmacy in Seattle then partnered with Dave Richardson to open North Roosevelt Pharmacy in the Maple Leaf area. He became sole owner in 1973 and continued to run North Roosevelt (now Maple Leaf Pharmacy) until 1990. He is remembered as an earnest health care provider, beloved by his customers and employees. He often would get up in the middle of the night to deliver needed medications in an emergency. He was a Clinical Affiliate Faculty member of the University of Washington and an active member of the Washington State Pharmacy Association.

Dick was involved with the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 173, in View Ridge in the 1960's, where three of his sons attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of the University of Washington Rowing program, in which four of his children participated while attending the UW. Throughout the years he loved building and maintaining summer homes at Warm Beach, Camano Island, and Lake Cavanaugh.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Colleen, his children Robert (Janice), Richard (Sherrie), Ronald (Linda), Jeanelle Lund, William Jr. (Aimee), and grandchildren Will and Emma Lund, Gwyneth, James and Austin Jackman. Dick is also survived by brother, Don (Margrette), and sister, Gwen Buchan (Alan).

Dick was a compassionate friend to all who knew him, a hard-working, deeply principled pharmacist and a devoted husband and father who will be sorely missed and happily remembered. There will be a memorial service celebrating Dick's life later in the summer. Details may be found at the Acacia Funeral Home website: www.acaciafuneralhome.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 1, 2012
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