John Joseph Jackman

September 02, 1926 - October 15, 2012 

John Joseph Jackman

September 02, 1926 - October 15, 2012 

Obituary for John Joseph Jackman

John J. Jackman III of Beverly, and formerly Peabody Ma., beloved husband of Paulene (Hunnell) Jackman, died peacefully at Blueberry Hill Kindred Healthcare, in Beverly, with his wife of 62 years by his side. John fought his last battle with cancer on October 15, 2012. Born in Peabody, September 2, 1926, he grew up in Peabody, the son of the late John J. Jackman Jr. and Eleanor (Linskey) Jackman.
At the age of 17 he joined the armed services in 1943, and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant during the next 12 months when assigned to the 831st Bombardment Squadron of the 485th Bombardment Group of the 15th Air force. Staff Sergeant Jackman courageously served in the European, and African Middle Eastern theatre. His group, tasked with cutting off the oil supply to the German War Machine, relentlessly bombed the German petroleum reserves at Ploesti, Rumania, where he was cited for and received recognition, including the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, 7 Bronze Service Stars, Presidential Unit Citation, aboard the “Valiant Lady” a B-24. S/Sgt Jackman completed 28 missions. Honorably discharged from the USAAF after his 19th birthday, in September 1945, S/Sgt Jackman returned home to Peabody, Massachusetts.
Restless after his service in the Army Air Force, S/Sgt Jackman enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served for 4 years in Washington D.C., Quantico VA, and Cherry Point North Carolina.
While in the Marines John met a government girl from Greene County PA. They married in March of 1950 and returned to his home town, Peabody Mass. Later moving to Beverly, John and Paulene raised three children, two sons and a daughter, making a home in Beverly for the next 57 years. After years of self employment, operating an interstate transportation service, John retired. Again restless and looking for a challenge, John and Paulene started and successfully operated an airport limousine service for many more years. John and Paulene utilized unique automobiles such as a Rolls Royce to brand their service.
As an active member of the local Northshore community, John’s interest in all things Celtic lead him to an active role in a local fireman’s association, the Oko’s of Marblehead. John’s interest lead him to the Scottish Bagpipe Band representing the Oko’s. On any weekend, John could be found parading with the band, playing his pipes, participating in the fireman’s muster activities, and enjoying his family and community.
John is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years Paulene, their three adult children: son John Joseph, of Los Angeles, CA, daughter Deborah Susan (Jackman) Kacprzyk, Sarasota Fla. and son Duncan Scott and his wife Anne of Hamilton, MA, Five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren with another, Lillian, scheduled to arrive in December.
ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of his life will culminate with graveside services at the North Beverly Cemetery, Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements by the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. For online guest book, directions and additional information please visit www.campbellfuneral.com.

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