William Jackson Jr., a resident of Sagamore, died on July 11. He was 59.
He was raised in Gary, Indiana, where he graduated from West Side High School. Later, Mr. Jackson attended Bible College in Evansville, Indiana.
He served for many years with the church youth ministry in Riverside, California, before moving to Cape Cod, where he worked alongside his family at The Bridge Restaurant in Sagamore and was also employed at Community Service Industry.
Mr. Jackson, known as McKinley to friends and family, was known for his involvement in the community. In addition to being a cofounder of the Plymouth Men’s Group, he volunteered with many local programs, including Community Service Industry, the AIDS Support Group in Hyannis, the Food Pantry of Cape Cod, and the Overnights of Hospitality Program of Plymouth. He also organized “Parting of Ways,” the first ceremony to honor and recognize the four African-American Revolutionary War soldiers, whose gravesites are in Plymouth.
He was a member of the First Parish Church of Plymouth, the Bethel Church of Plymouth, and the Unity Church in Hyannis. He also was interested in art and music and sang with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Cape Cod, an organization for which he also served as secretary.
Mr. Jackson was also an avid exerciser and enjoyed kayaking, strength training, walking, and traveling, having visited three continents.
He leaves his companion, Edward Prete of Sagamore; his parents, Ella Mae and William McKinley Jackson of Romeoville, Illinois; his siblings, Dorothy Annette of San Diego, Gloria Williams and Kevin Jackson, both of Naperville, Illinois, Diane Brown and Raymond Brown, both of Toledo, Ohio, and Terri Jackson and Karen Underwood, both of Aurora, Colorado; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, July 17, from 4 to 8 PM in the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A, Sandwich.
Funeral services will be celebrated on Friday, July 18, at 10 AM in First Parish Church of Plymouth, 19 Town Square, Plymouth.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be sent to the charity of one’s choice.