Jackson, Roy

JACKSON, Roy

1935 - 2022

With incredible sadness, the family of Roy A. Jackson announces his sudden death, at Temiskaming Hospital on June 24 at the age of 86. His heart was broken following the death of his lifelong sweetheart, Jean who died just seven days earlier on June 17th.

Roy was born on August 28th, 1935 in New Liskeard and was the son of Albert and Loretta (Sheedy) Jackson, originally from Belle Vallee. Though an only child, Roy’s parents were both from large families with whom he was close throughout his life, and he would go on to have a large family of his own.

Roy grew up with a passion for playing sports which included hockey, fastball, and football (which he called rugby) . In the early 1950s, he played for the inaugural New Liskeard Cubs hockey team. While working in Kirkland Lake in his early twenties he caused a stir by joining the Kirkland-based Alouettes rugby team, instead of the Tri-Town Miners.  

Roy met and married the love of his life, Jean Chaylt in 1954. They resided in New Liskeard for 65 of their 67 years of marriage. Roy is pre-deceased by his parents, his wife Jean, and their daughter Kathy who died in a car accident in 1981.

Roy is survived by the last of his Jackson aunts (Colleen Willard), sister-in-law (Theresa Gibbons), and six of his seven children: Joanne Jackson (Doug Raby), Darlene Jackson, Jennifer Gravel (Marcel Perron), Patti Dubois (Hugh Falls), Mike Jackson (Shelley Jemmett), and, Mary Jackson. Roy and Jean were blessed to have nine grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, plus eight great-grandchildren.

For over 36 years Roy worked for MTO (Ministry of Transportation Ontario) and became a Senior Municipal Supervisor in Northern Ontario. After retiring from MTO in 1989 Roy continued to share his expertise and went on to consult as a project manager for Sutcliffe’s for a few years.

Roy and Jean started a family-owned business, Jackson Transportation, and had a school bus line in the early ’80s. Roy also carried on with a small motors repair shop in his garage. Some of his grandsons were called upon to assist with repairs - especially on snowmobiles, to solve problems they had created!

In retirement, Roy spent more time working on his golf game and proudly displayed his first hole-in-one certificate from The New Liskeard Golf Club (2005) in his rec room.

Roy loved cars (especially Volvos), cottage life, fishing, and watching sports on his big-screen TV. He rooted for the Toronto Blue Jays and also spent years dreaming of seeing the Toronto Maple Leafs win another Stanley cup (Sorry, Roy) . He treasured his many wonderful memories of time spent at the hunting and fishing camp near Shining Tree with his lifelong friends, Dick Brazier, Jim Moore, and many others. He will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends for his hardy laugh, ability to tell a great story, and fondness for dessert(s).

In keeping with Roy’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a private family service this week and a celebration of life at a later date.

The family would like to thank Dr. Spenser Wilson and the staff at Temiskaming Hospital. They also acknowledge Dr. Pat Logan for his good care as Roy’s family doctor for over 30 years. Additional thanks and appreciation to Genevieve LeClair, who helped both Roy and Jean as they stayed living in their own home.

Donations in Roy’s memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Zack’s Crib.

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The Jackson Family

Thinking of you all at this very sad time.
Al and Shirley Swartz

Shirley Swartz, June 27, 2022

All my cousins and their families

We were so sad to hear of Roy’s sudden passing. We believe his heart was broken with the loss of Auntie Jean so he reached out to be with her and Kathy once again. They both have you all encircled in their arms and will forever be at your side. We will miss our visits together. Hugs to you all!

Lori and Bill McInerney, June 27, 2022

Mike, Mary, Darlene and the rest of the Jackson family.

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your Dad. Roy and Jean played a much bigger role in my youth than I think they even knew. Sports were a massive part of my growth as a youth , hockey and baseball specifically. I spent a lot of time over at your place before and after Mike and I headed over to the NL Public School to play backyard baseball, or to the outdoor rink to play shinny. The family treated me like one of their own, and in life, you may not remember all the details of things, but you remember how people make you feel. To Roy and Jean, I am thankful for that feeling they left upon me. I am going to miss them both . RIP Roy. Thanks for the memories.

Jeff Brandon , June 27, 2022

Mike

Deepest condolences to the Jackson family during this unbelievable time.

Russ and Lorene Walton, June 27, 2022

Jennifer & family

Dear Jen
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family

Johanne Beauchamp , June 27, 2022

Jennifer and the Jackson family

Sincere condolences for these two departures. All our prayers go to you and yours.

Georges Perron, June 27, 2022

Joanne Jackson

Dear Joanne & family, so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of your dad. Condolences to you and your family.

Joan Mizzi Fry, June 27, 2022

Joanne, Darlene and the Family

Far too soon I am again saddened, this to learn of the sudden passing of your Dad, a man who lived a rewarding life to its fullest in loving devotion to his family. May the encompassing love and support of family and friends and the treasure chest filled to the brim with happy memories carry you through this difficult time. My sincerest sympathy.

Dave Johnston, June 27, 2022

All our Jackson family

Sending our most sincere condolences to you all again so soon, but I know in my heart as well as you all do that the love your parents had for each other is now continuing for eternity. I am so glad that we had a nice little chat with Roy last week. Your parents were a true match made in Heaven, where I believe they are together watching the rest of you continue your earthly journey.
We all know that your family has many fond memories that will help you all through these unimaginably tough days. Please take care of each other, much love, Darren & Carol

Darren & Carol, June 28, 2022

All the Jackson Family

Greatest sympathy to all of the family.

Rheal Gelinas, Ron Gelinas, Heather James, July 2, 2022

The Jackson Family

My sincere condolences to the family. Memories are so precious .. to be shared and relished and retold.

Lillian Watters , July 3, 2022

the Jackson family

My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of Jean and Roy. Roy as a former New Liskeard Cub hockey player will be in my Cub Memory Bank. They will be remembered by many friends.
Ruth Shepherdson

Ruth Shepherdson, July 26, 2022

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