Gerald S. Jackson
Gerald S. “Jerry” Jackson, 93, of Anna Maria Island, died Aug. 9.
He was born in Oneco and lived on Anna Maria Island for 30 years. He was married 49 years to Patricia Scott.
Mr. Jackson graduated from Hillsborough High School before he joined the U.S. Navy in 1942.
After serving in World War II, he attended the University of Tampa, where he played football and was nicknamed “Speedy Spartan” and earned a place in the UT Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame for football.
He served in the public school system for 35 years, was the head football coach at Brandon High School 1951-63, and in 1957 achieved a 10-0 season and a Tampa Bay Conference Championship. But more than wins and losses, Mr. Jackson remembered how his players helped construct Brandon’s new stadium in 1960. He said his players didn’t have to lift weights while they were lifting bags of cement every day.
Later, Mr. Jackson — known as “Coach.” — served as a coach and athletic director at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport and then returned to Brandon High School, where he retired as a guidance counselor.
On Anna Maria Island, he enjoyed walking the beach, working in his yard, smoking cigars and drinking manhattans.
Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach, followed by Mass at 10:30 a.m. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Name Retirement Fund, 1061 New Scotland Ave., Albany NY 12208, in memory of Patricia Jackson. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Jerry was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Patricia Scott Jackson; his parents and 2 brothers, Raymond Jackson and Robert Jackson.
Mr. Jackson is survived by children Mary Pat and husband Joe Lavandera, Jerry and wife Lisa, Tim and wife Carol, David and wife Janet, Ann Geiger and husband Dave, Jane Charles and husband Ricky, and Kenneth of Anna Maria; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.