Robert Jackson, a pioneer of the Salmon Arm area, passed away quietly with his sons at his side Sunday evening, February 1, 2009 at the age of 94 years in Piccadilly Care Centre, Salmon Arm, BC.
A celebration of life service was held from the chapel of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm, on Saturday morning, February 7th with Jack Bowers officiating. Tributes were shared by his son, George Jackson, with an opportunity for an open mike. Organist, Catherine Kroetch sang Danny Boy, with Piper John Angus providing Scottish Honours.
Interment followed in the family plot at Mt. Ida Cemetery with grandsons Stacy Hobbs, Greg Jackson, Bradley Jackson, Shane Jackson, Spencer Jackson and great grandson, Andrew Jackson as pallbearers.
Born in Kippen, Scotland on October 23, 1914, Robert was the eldest of seven children born to George & Hetty Jackson. In 1925, Robert’s father took a shipment of pure Clydesdale horses to Canada and settled in Salmon Arm, BC and Hetty followed in 1926 with the children. Robert left school at the age of 14 to go to work and eventually established his own farm in the Silver Creek valley. Robert married a young nurse, Margaret Olsen, from Munson, AB. Together they farmed and raised their five sons in the valley. Robert also worked at hand & horse logging in the winters. He was known for his incredible work ethic and his powerful hands. In 1979, Robert sold the farm to scale down and semi-retire. He and Margaret moved with their youngest son, George, to Foothill Acres – a lovely 40 acres on Foothill Road close to town. Robert actively farmed until the age of 91. When he wasn’t wrangling cows & calves, Robert could often be found out in his shop working on farm equipment – often improving the original version. He enjoyed many a good time out in the shop when friends or family would stop by for a beer. Robert always enjoyed the outdoors and working with cattle. He was a regular at the Valley auction for many years – a weekly opportunity to meet with fellow farmers and cattlemen. He was a quiet man and will be fondly remember for his quick wit and dry sense of humour.
Robert was predeceased by his brother David in 1968, infant daughter Maureen in 1963, wife Margaret in 2007 and his brother Tommy on January 31, 2009 – just one day prior to Robert’s passing.
He is survived by his five sons, Bill, Don, Bruce (Andrea), Murray (Terri), George (Mavis); three sisters, Hetty Gloyn, Tina Bartman, Cathy Jamieson; brother, George; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be sent to be BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, Box 1141, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P3.
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Funeral arrangements were in the care of
Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.