Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:
WILMINGTON, MA — Lionel R. Jackson, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on October 5, 2021.
Lionel was born in Malden, MA, on April 11, 1931. When Lionel was a young boy he moved with his family back to their home in New Brunswick, Canada, where he was raised and educated. Lionel was part of a large family which included nine siblings and a huge extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. When Lionel turned 21, he decided to return to the United States where he worked at the local Shipyard in Boston; as Lionel entered the border, he signed up to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Several months after moving to the United States, Lionel, was called to active duty with the United States Army in 1952 during the Korean War.
Lionel served most of his tour of duty overseas, he was honorably discharged as a Corporal on August 12, 1954, and returned back to the Boston area.
After returning home from the service, Lionel, along with his brothers started their own construction company while they were all still working full-time jobs. Lionel and his brothers Leland and Fred built their first home in Westford, MA, they only had Sundays to do their work and it took a whole year of Sundays to complete their project. This was the beginning of a long and rewarding career in the construction business for Jackson Brothers Homes. In the 1960’s, the Jackson Brothers started to build homes in Wilmington, MA, their work was second to none, their quality was top notch, and they were meticulous with their details. The Jackson Brothers were ahead of their time, they planned out beautiful neighborhoods and subdivisions, changing the face of Wilmington. Some of their more memorable projects included Jackson Heights 1 and 2, Barrows Park, and Allen Park. Their reputation spanned decades and the motto of getting a “Jackson Built Home” was used by every realtor in the area.
Lionel was not only a talented carpenter, but he was a trusted businessman and worked well with his clients. Lionel was a man of integrity, he treated everyone fairly and was honest to a fault. Lionel retired after many years of dedication and hard work within the construction business.
Lionel will be fondly remembered for his strong work ethic, his humble nature, his great sense of humor and his love of animals. Lionel was very involved in the Masons, he was kind and generous and always willing to share his time and talents to help others. He was truly “one of a kind” and will forever be missed by his family and friends.
Lionel was the beloved husband of Eleanor J. (Lutes) Jackson, he was the devoted father of William Jackson of Charleston, SC, Lisa Khaghani and her husband Farzin of Beverly Farms, MA and Stephen Jackson of Westford, MA. He was the loving “Papa” of Elizabeth Jackson, Stephanie Heal and her husband Jason, Alexander Jackson, Benjamin Khaghani, Victoria Khaghani and Great-Grandchildren Lyric Jackson, Moselle Heal and Cascade Heal. He was the cherished son of the late James Everett Jackson and Grace Marie (Coates) Jackson, dear brother of Eugene Jackson and Wendell Jackson both of New Brunswick, Canada, the late Raymond Jackson, Fred Jackson, Leland “Nick” Jackson, Donald Jackson, Arnold Jackson, Allen Jackson and Lois Jackson. Lionel is further survived by many nieces, nephews and a large extended family in Canada.
At Lionel’s request, all services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Lionel’s memory to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.
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