Amesbury formerly of Bradford — Earl Whitney “Whit” Jackson, Jr., 85, of Amesbury and formerly of Bradford, Newburyport, Westborough, and Greenfield, MA, passed away Thursday, October 17th surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Haverhill on Oct. 30, 1927, son of the late Earl W. and Mary Frances (Mahoney) Jackson.
He was the husband of the late Marilyn M. (Pothier) Jackson, who passed away Aug. 4, 2008 and is survived by his children, Maureen J. and her husband Lee Brown of New Boston, NH; Karen J. and her husband Roger Cox of Grafton, MA; Earl W. Jackson, III and his wife Christine of Haverhill and Kathleen M. and her husband Eric Yemma of Kennebunk, ME, six grandchildren Jessica and Ashley Brown, Clare and Lydia Jackson, Eric Yemma, Jr. and Margaret Yemma, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Albert I., William S., and Robert F. Jackson.
Whit graduated from Haverhill High School in 1945. In July of 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the USS Robert L. Wilson. Upon discharge from the Navy in 1946, he was awarded The Victory Medal and the American Theater Medal. From 1950 until 1952 Whit continued to serve his country as a member of the U.S. Army and was proud to be the recipient of four honorable discharges, two from the U.S. Navy and two from the U.S. Army.
From 1952 until 1959 he was employed in the production department of the Merrimac Essex Electrical Company in the Haverhill and Newburyport plants. In 1959 he began his employment with Yankee Atomic Electric Company where in 1960 he proudly earned one of the nation’s first federally issued Reactor Operator Licenses. In 1973 he was transferred from the plant in Rowe to Yankee’s Nuclear Service Division as Senior Operations Engineer. In 1979, he was promoted to the position of Manager of Plant Support, a position he held until 1981 when he was appointed to the position of Manager of Operations for the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation. In 1983 he was appointed as Assistant to the President of Vermont Yankee and retired in February of 1987.
From a young age Whit was an avid outdoorsman. He was an accomplished skier, fly fisherman, and hunter. Beginning in the summer of 1939, he spent summers at his family’s cottage on Plum Island which lead to his lifelong love of the ocean and its lore.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral on Monday, Oct. 21st at 9:00 a.m. from the H.L. Farmer & Sons Bradford Funeral Home, 210 South Main St., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Hearts Church, 165 South Main Street, Bradford. Interment with military honors will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford. Calling hours at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Bradford Funeral Home will be Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society at Sacred Hearts Church, 48 South Chestnut St. Bradford, MA 01835. Condolences to his family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.