Marblehead, MA — David P. Jackson, 46, of Marblehead, entered into eternal rest on Friday, November 15, 2013. Born on March 20, 1967, he was the son of John M. Jackson and Sally H. Jackson. He had been working as a fisherman out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Following in the footsteps of a long lineage of “old Marbleheaders,” David exemplified many of the character traits and virtues of past generations. His life revolved around the sea, and was defined by his work ethic. He referred to his life as a book in progress, and was determined to keep the chapters lively and entertaining – something he achieved with great success. His extraordinarily adventurous life provided the opportunity for many to live vicariously through him.
As a young teen, he worked for many years on board f/v Caroline with his good friend, John Burns. The burly senior captain and the boyish young deckhand were a common site on the Marblehead waterfront. Graduating from Marblehead High School in 1985, he progressed to the University of Georges Banks for extensive training and development under the tutelage of renowned sea captains, Roger Bakey (f/v Sea Dog), Bill Whipple (f/v Taurus), and Bob Brown (f/v Hannah Boden). Determined to seek additional adventure, he graduated to the Alaskan Bering Sea as a deckhand on the f/v Frontier Mariner as well as several other vessels.
Refining his skills as a captain, he skippered the offshore lobster boat Michael & Kristen, eventually starting his own business as a “hook” fisherman aboard f/v Jeopardy, accompanied by his first mate, Murphy the dog.
Embracing family, friends, and associates, with a reputation of making friends wherever he went, he was an extremely popular figure as his humor and wit were second to none. His personality, including hobbies and interests, were incredibly diverse; he was as apt to be found at home in his blue “dickies” knitting heads for his lobster traps, as he was to be found on distant adventure. His presence will be incredibly missed by many, many friends, in a multitude of circles.
He is survived by his son, Steven Jackson of Reading; parents, John of Gloucester and Sally of Marblehead; brother and sister-in-law, Peter H. and Jayne D. Jackson of Gloucester; brother, Lincoln D. Jackson of Peabody; niece, Heather D. Jackson of Gloucester; nephew, Nicholas H. Jackson of Boston; Uncle, David P. Jackson of Maine; Aunt, Priscilla Stocker of Marblehead; and many cousins.
ARRANGEMENTS: A family ceremony is planned at a later date in which David’s ashes will be delivered to the sea. Expressions of sympathy can be made in his memory to the Stephen Jackson Scholarship Fund, 91 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945.