OBITUARY CHARLES JOHN (JACK) JACKSON Our beloved Jack has bid his final farewell. After a lengthy illness, he passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on December 14, 2004 at Chateau Westmount in Montreal. He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife of sixty-four years, Ruby Doris (nee Alexander), his four sons, Jack Jr. (Carole), Rick (Louise), Terry (Bonnie) and Rob (Sharon). His spirit will forever remain in the hearts of his ten grandchildren, Scott, Michelle, Joelle, Shaun, Joanna, Heidi, Holly, Tim, Ryan and Lauren and three great-grandchildren, Jill, Ellie and Kate. Born on August 6, 1916 in Winnipeg to Julius John and Mary (Mayme) Jackson Denman, Jack later moved to Montreal with his family, where he attended Stratcona Academy. During World War II, he served overseas as Lieutenant with the First Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment. Jack enjoyed a rewarding forty-five year career in the construction equipment industry. Under his leadership Mussens Limited (now Wajax) participated in several mega projects in Eastern Canada including the development of the iron ore industry in Northern Quebec and Labrador, the Baie James and Churchill Falls hydro facilities, Expo 67, and the 1976 Olympics. He played an integral role in the revival of thoroughbred horse racing in Montreal (1960 - 1974) as director of the Mount Royal Jockey Club, President of the Quebec Thoroughbred Racing Club and owner of the Six Jay Stable. In addition, he was Past Director and Honorary Governor of the Ontario Jockey Club. Jack was one of the founders of the resort and town of Bromont, Quebec. He was also Past President of the Montreal Association for Retarded Children (1964 - 1967), and an Honorary Member and Past Director of the Royal Montreal Golf Club. "Dad, we are all very proud of your lifetime achievements, from your overseas wartime service, to your business accomplishments, to your community service. But most importantly, you led us all by example, with uncompromising integrity, loyalty, humour, and a zest for life." A private family ceremony was held at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex. You are invited to celebrate Jack's life at a memorial service on Friday, January 7, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. at the Mount Royal United Church, 1800 Graham Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to The Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Suite 515, 1838 Greenetree Road, Baltimore MD 21208 or The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada, 7100 Woodbine Ave, Suite 311, Markham, Ontario, L3R 5J2, would be appreciated. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the many wonderful staff members of Chateau Westmount who cared for Jack with love and great kindness. Published in the Montreal Gazette from 12/17/2004 - 12/18/2004.
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