Jeffrey Andrew “Jeff” Jackson, 76, of Ocean View, Del., died peacefully on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Delaware Hospice. He was born in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 16, 1942, son of the late Thomas S. Jackson and the late Elizabeth (Jacobs) Jackson.
Jackson grew up in Kensington, Md., and graduated from Walter Johnson High School in 1960. He was active in Boy Scouts and had fond memories of camping at Philmont, the scout camp in New Mexico, in addition to being on the swim team at Cedarbrook Swim Club. He attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., where he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity and Army ROTC while earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1964.
He married shortly after college and briefly worked for Lehigh Portland Cement near Daytona, Fla. He then proudly served his country from 1964 to 1967 as an Army second-lieutenant at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., where he taught at the missile school.
After the Army, Jackson moved to Illinois and began his lifelong career as an engineer. He first worked for General Foods in Kankakee, mostly in production. After a brief move to Milwaukee in 1977 for a job with Schlitz Brewing, Jackson moved to Crystal Lake, Ill., in 1978 to work for Abbott Labs. While in Illinois, he was very involved in the Jaycees, serving as president, vice president and state director. It was also in Illinois that he perfected his speaking skills through Toastmasters, developed at lifelong love of golf, and enjoyed camping with family and friends at state parks.
In 1985, he and his family moved east to Newark, Del., for a position at American Hoescht. In 1992, he moved to Exton, Pa., where he was president of Moore Environmental, a small company that operated wastewater treatment plants in the area. While in Exton, he was very involved with the United Way. Being back east gave him the opportunity to spend as much time as possible at his beloved Bethany Beach, Del.
It was in Bethany Beach that he had met his wife, Winifred “Wincy” Glidden Warlow, and they were married in 1995. In 2000, they moved permanently to Bethany Beach. Although semi-retired, he worked for Harry’s Bait & Tackle briefly and then for Harkins Concrete of Salisbury, Md.
Jackson was very involved with the Way Home, a ministry that helps men when they leave Sussex Correctional Institution, serving on the board for many years and spending many Monday evenings, with others, visiting the men in their transitional house.
He was also active in St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, the 38th District Republican Club, the HOA boards of both Sussex Shores in Bethany Beach and Savannah’s Landing in Ocean View, and the mentoring program at John M. Clayton Elementary School. Additionally, he enjoyed Monday lunches with the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and sitting on his screened porch with a good book, family and friends.
He and Wincy traveled extensively, mostly cruising, visiting the most northern towns in Europe, the most southern towns in South America and many ports in between.
In addition to his parents, Jackson was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas P. Jackson. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Winifred Warlow (Glidden) Jackson; two children, Catherine Anzalone and her husband, Tony, of Garnet Valley, Pa., andThomas H. Jackson of Middletown, Del.; two stepchildren, Rebecca Warlow of Columbia, Md., and Samuel Warlow and his wife, Johnna, of Pfafftown, N.C.; nine grandchildren, Sophia and Joseph Anzalone, Thomas, Mathew and Julianne Jackson, Tyler, Conner, Brady and Tiercy Warlow; and his first wife, Jeanne Reside Carman.
A funeral service will be held Aug. 5, 2019, at noon at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, 117 Maplewood Avenue, Bethany Beach, Del. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to J.M. Clayton Elementary School; 252 Clayton Ave.; Frankford, DE 19945 (memo “mentoring program”), or to The Way Home; PO Box 1103; Georgetown, DE 19947.