CHARLES H. JACKSON SR.

Posted Aug. 29, 2008, at 9:45 p.m.

CHARLES H. JACKSON SR. AUGUSTA – Charles H. Jackson Sr., 88, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, at Maine Veterans’ Home, Augusta. He was born April 19, 1920, in Boston, son of Shedrick and Philomena (Steele) Jackson. Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943, where he proudly served during World War II as a boatswains mate, 3rd class, aboard the aircraft carrier CVE-13 USS Core, until his honorable discharge, Nov. 11, 1945. After his service to his country, Charles enjoyed an 18-year career with John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co., before he met and married Dorothy Johnson Keays, Dec. 14, 1968, in Georgetown, Mass. This was the beginning of a wonderful, loving relationship that continued even after her passing, May 12, 2004. After a short time as a patrolman for Georgetown Police Department, he was appointed to chief of police. In April 1976, he relocated to Newport, acting as chief of Newport Police Department. In 1980 he became chief of police in Winthrop and remained so until his retirement in 1986. Shortly thereafter, he accepted the position of executive director of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association. The highlight of his 13 years as executive director was his contribution in the establishment of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial that sits in front of the State Capitol Building. He was also a member of Augusta Lodge of Elks No. 964. A man who enjoyed a good automobile, he had recently purchased his 13th of his favorite model, the convertible. He was also passionate in his enthusiasm towards the Red Sox and Patriots and enjoyed many a Sunday afternoon, with his family and friends, discussing the merits of both teams’ performances. Charles was predeceased by his wife of 36 years, Dorothy Helen Keays; and a younger brother, John Dan Jackson, Aug. 31, 1986. He is survived by his son, Charles H. “Skip” Jackson Jr., of Roanoke, Va.; his three daughters, Beverly Keays of Boston, Karen Flahive of Amesbury, Mass., and Robin Jackson of Sidney; a brother, Austin Phillip of Godfrey, Ill.; a sister, Mary Mace and her husband, William, of Kittery; eight loving grandchildren, Derek, Leah, Brandon, Sidney, Meagan, Susan, Ryan and Aaron; eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to visit 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta, where the Augusta Lodge of Elks No. 964 will perform their service 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Western Avenue, Augusta. Committal prayers and interment with full military honors will be held 1 p.m. at the new Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Jackson’s memory may be made to Thomas J. Landers Scholarship Fund, care of Robert Schwartz, P.O. Box 2431, South Portland, ME 04116. www.khrfuneralhomes.com

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