Gerald Jackson Sr., 77, executive

May 15, 2006|By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON | NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,SUN REPORTER

Gerald Thomas Jackson Sr., a retired marketing executive, died of heart failure Wednesday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. He was 77 and lived in Severna Park.

He was born and raised in Scranton, Pa., where he attended public schools. From 1946 to 1948, he served in the Army and was stationed in Korea. He graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in business administration in 1951. He married Ann Conmey the same year.

The couple later moved to Rockville, where he began working for insurance company Geico as a claims examiner. In 1976, he moved to Long Island, N.Y., and returned to Rockville in the early 1980s. He remained with Geico for 38 years, retiring as vice president of marketing in 1989, the year his wife died.

In 1991, he moved to Severna Park and married Sandra O'Connor, whom he met at a retreat for widowed people.

Two years later, Mr. Jackson helped his wife start Partners in Care, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping older people maintain their independence.

"He cared about everybody," said his wife. "He loved his family, made room in his life for friends and for volunteering. He was a great all-around guy."

The coupled traveled extensively and visited Tahiti, Japan and Panama. Most recently the pair took a three-week vacation to Croatia, Greece, Turkey and Italy.

"In the last 15 years, we visited almost every corner of the globe," Mrs. O'Connor Jackson said. "He loved to have fun."

Mr. Jackson was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife served as marriage preparation ministers at Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church in Millersville.

Mr. Jackson loved to cook. He counseled his grandchildren on finances and college. And family gatherings at his second home in Bethany Beach, Del., were especially meaningful.

"He touched many people through his life," said his son Donald P. Jackson of Olney. "He made many friends and became a friend to all of his children and grandchildren."

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Fields, 1070 Cecil Ave. S., Millersville.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by two other sons, Gerald T. Jackson Jr. of Wappinger Falls, N.Y., and Timothy B. Jackson of Lusby; two daughters, Patricia Jackson Babcock of Elkridge and Kathleen A. Jackson of Catonsville; two stepsons, Kevin B. O'Connor of Severna Park and James G. O'Connor of Easton, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Erin O. Jacobs of Severna Park; a brother, Donald T. Jackson of Portsmouth, Va.; and 22 grandchildren.

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