Star athlete and Navy veteran Ronald B. Jackson dies at 86
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Ronald Bosworth Jackson affectionately nicknamed “RJ, Papa Jack, Pops” passed away on September 25, 2021 at the age of 86.
After several months of declining health, Ron died peacefully in his early morning sleep.
Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Ron was the son of the late Whitney and Alma Jackson (A Gold Star Mother) after Ron’s older brother, Jack Jackson, lost his life while serving in the United States Navy. He is survived by Joyce E. Jackson, the devoted and loving mother of their three sons Mark, Michael, Glenn, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Ron attended Beverly High School where he was known and loved for his very charismatic personality. While showing that he was a very gifted college baseball and basketball high school athlete for 4 years. If that wasn’t enough, Ron was also an avid open water swimmer and a multiple winner of the prestigious Austin Center Mile in Massachusetts.
After graduating from Beverly High School, Ron was accepted to Northeastern University with a swimming scholarship. After 18 months of an academic career in college, Ron had a different calling and would follow in his brother Jack’s footsteps and enlist in the United States Navy by joining the better-known elite Navy Construction Battalion. as Seabees during the Korean War Uprising. Ron was awarded the rank of SN / E-3 Seaman and also received National Defense Merit, Accommodation and Service Medals.
After being honorably discharged from the United States Navy in November 1961, Ron would embark on a distinguished career in the automotive industry. Ron’s career eventually brought him to Rhode Island. While Ron was raising his family in the Cranston “Edgewood” community, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St Paul’s Chapter, and played a pivotal role in the leadership and management of sports, sporting activities and events for the youth of Cranston. . Ron, Edgewood South Elmwood Little League and Edgewood Eagle Football Coach. Ron was also one of the founding fathers of the Edgewood Eagles Senior League division which continues to thrive today. While juggling his personal life, career, and giving back to the community he fell in love with, he still took the time to obtain and complete his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Johnson University. & Wales, Providence Rhode Island.
Ron resided at Cranston “Edgewood” for 50 years.
A private memorial and military service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street Providence, RI 02904 on her behalf.
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