Philip S. Jackson, a loving father and grandfather known for his bear hugs and sense of humor, died at home on April 1st of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 86 and lived in Scituate, his home of 55 years. A child of the Depression who never liked to waste anything, Phil Jackson was a Navy Radioman 2nd Class in the Pacific Theater and a commercial artist. He was born in 1923 in Belmont, Massachusetts to Philip Selwyn Jackson and Margaretta M. Jackson (ne Alcorn). He spent much of his early life in Belmont, finding and marrying his wife of 59 years there, Betty Lou Pensom, who passed away in 2007. In 1955, they made their home in Scituate and spent the rest of their lives in the beautiful coastal town. After graduating from what is now The Art Institute of Boston, Phil had a successful career in commercial art at the firm of Calderwood & Preg, of which he eventually became part-owner with his friend and colleague John Wilkinson. Phil and Wilkie drew shoe catalog illustrations for such companies as Cole Haan and Reebok. Phil got great pleasure out of many things in life, including attending Navy reunions with his daughter, Barbara; visiting his aunts in Nova Scotia; collecting stamps (he greatly disliked the new self-adhesive ones); gardening; and reading books. A very social fellow, he found that retirement didnt agree with him and soon took a job in a local bookstore, working beside his daughter Jo Ellen, for 5+ years. He was always ready to help a customer find the perfect book. He is survived by four daughters, Barbara Narlee, Lori Goodine, Jo Ellen Mitchell and Jennifer Butler, as well as 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and his sister Marian. He is predeceased by his brother, Frank. A funeral service was celebrated on Tuesday, April 6th at 11 a.m. in the Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Rd., Scituate followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery, Scituate. Visiting hours was held on Monday, April 5th, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. In Phils memory, the family asks that you give someone you love a bear hug today. Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home 781 545-0196
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Published in The Scituate Mariner from Apr. 3 to Apr. 10, 2010.