George Willson Jackson

October 24, 1932 ~ February 28, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

George Jackson Obituary

George Willson Jackson, 1932-2024

      George W. Jackson, age 91, son of the late George and Ada Jackson, brother of Bill Jackson and of the late Donald Jackson, died on February 28, 2024 at Lima Estates in Media. George was born October 24, 1932 in West Philadelphia, oldest of three brothers. During the latter years of the Depression, he moved with his mother and brothers to his mother’s birthplace, a farm in Morning Sun, Iowa, while his father looked for work. In 1940 they moved back to Philadelphia and soon after to Drexel Hill. George was graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1951 and from Geneva College in 1955. After spending two years in the U.S. Army, George went to work for Barrett Tar Company doing Quality Control work. The division George worked in was sold several times, and George went with it until he retired, living in New Jersey and then in Illinois for a time, before returning to Philadelphia.

      George had three great interests in life. The first was running, which he did as a miler in high school, college, and in later AAU meets. His best time was 4:25, run in 1956. He ran many 5K and 10K road races, his last at age 63 in 1995. Nearly every spring, he and his brothers went to the Penn Relays together.

      George’s second interest was his church. Elected an elder in 1960 of the Broomall Reformed Presbyterian Church, he served in that capacity until 2020. He faithfully attended church each week, prayer meeting, and all other church activities, including days working outside on the church property. George often picked folk up at the Philadelphia Airport as needed, or helped them move, and he gave generously to support his church’s work.

      George’s third interest was traveling the world, making it to all seven continents by the time he finished. He visited a huge number of countries including Argentina, Brazil, Norway, and Australia. The Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu in Peru were two destinations he talked about afterwards. On these travels George’s constant companion was his friend John Mitchell from western Pennsylvania.

      In his final years, George enjoyed talking often to his brother Bill on the telephone, as well as to his old friend Homer Weaver, another runner. But his best friend he said more than once was his mother, with whom he lived after he returned to Philadelphia until her death in 1998.

      George’s brother Bill, his four nephews Wayne, Clark, Thomas, and Toby, his niece Laurie, and all of his friends at church will remember and miss him. He now rests in peace until the Resurrection.

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March 6, 2024

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Logan-Videon Funeral Home
2001 Sproul Road
Broomall, PA 19008

Funeral Service
March 6, 2024

12:00 PM
Logan-Videon Funeral Home
2001 Sproul Road
Broomall, PA 19008

March 7, 2024

10:30 AM
Washington Crossing National Cemetery
830 Highland Road
Newtown, PA 18940


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