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BUCKSPORT - John M. Jackson (Mr. J), 80, died peacefully at his home on Friday December 25, 2015 with his loving family by his side. He was born September 27, 1935 in Skowhegan the son of Howard M. and Gladys J. (Ballard) Jackson.

John served our country from 1954 to 1962 in the United States Air Force. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1977 with a Masters +33 in education. He taught Industrial Arts at Bucksport High School for 32 years retiring in 1994. In addition to his teaching John was a gentleman farmer, running his farm in earnest once he retired from teaching. John had a fondness for animals. John also sold tickets to Bucksport High School athletic events for over 50 years. He was a 50 year member of Lebanon Lodge #116 of the Mason's in Norridgewock. He was an active member of the Elm Street Congregational Church in Bucksport.

He is survived by his wife Joanne F. (Tenney) Jackson, his children; Deborah Sargent and husband Gary, Robin Jackson-Eldridge and partner Roger Bernard, John Michael Jackson and wife Cindy, stepchildren; Steven Brown and wife Denise, and Alan Brown, grandchildren; Brianne Sciacca and husband Dan, Rebecca Duhaime and husband Robert, Joshua Jackson and wife Sarah, Christopher Sargent and fiancée Rebekah Woodward, and Dustin Jackson, great-grandchildren; Sophie Jackson and Jace Jackson. He is also survived by two sisters; Emily and Virginia and two brothers; Neil and Donald as well as several nieces and nephews. As well as special friends Dick and Linda Smith, and Peter Swazey and his family. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by one stepson Ronald Brown.

Family and friends will gather for visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday December 30, 2015 at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home 28 Elm St. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday December 31, 2015 at Elm Street Congregational Church with Rev. Dr. Sandra Reed officiating. Memorial contributions in John's memory may be made to The Bucksport Animal Shelter P.O. Box X Bucksport, ME 04416 www.mitchelltweedie-young.com
Published on  December 28, 2015
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