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Some sad news to report from the NEMINI family. We lost another beloved member, John Jackson, better known as Jackman. He passed away this morning and leaves behind a wonderful wife and son. Jackman and Ed were good friends, and Ed was fond of sending gifts to young Justin. It's a tremendous loss and we'll miss him and his awesome spirit.




(stole your pic, John)
 

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Thank you to the Moderator who split this thread off.

I met John/Jackman along with his lovely wife and son on my first MINI run - RDR II in March 2004 - and over the course of a few more MINI meets, I had a chance to see Jackman as both a chrome crazed MINI lover, a musician, a super friendly fellow with a great sense of humor and a caring husband and father. Though I did not know him well, I know his death is a great loss to many.

For those of you who knew John, you really should click on that link I posted because there are a lot of great memories, photos, and information about funeral/memorial plans that will be posted.
 

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I am truly saddened to read this. Everyone's words make me wish I had met him.
My condolences to his family and all who have been touched by this loss.
 

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I thought my eyes were playing a trick on me. I am very saddened and shocked by this news. In the short time I’ve known him, I have shared some wonderful memories with him and his family and my iphoto album is filled with them.

Please enjoy browsing thru them:
• RDR II
http://homepage.mac.com/renatamelnitschenko/PhotoAlbum5.html
•SCDA Lime Rock Event
http://homepage.mac.com/renatamelnitschenko/PhotoAlbum7.html
•SUNRISE RALLY RUN
http://homepage.mac.com/renatamelnitschenko/PhotoAlbum9.html
•ROLEX VINTAGE FESTIVAL
http://homepage.mac.com/renatamelnitschenko/PhotoAlbum17.html

But here are a few of my favorite shots. You will be truly missed my friend.
My heartfelt prayers go out to Jeannie & Justin and the extended family and friends
and he was one awesome DUDE.




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What a loss! I don't think I ever met Jackman, but his spirit certainly showed in his posts, and in the regard so many people had for him. Here's to Minis, and rockabilly, and everything in between.
 

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JackmanAVP was the man with the mighty grin and the hearty handshake who greeted me first at many a run. Those sparkling blue eyes. He was the coolest NE MINI member by far, tall, handsome, and so very talented.

and boy, did anyone ever look so good in shades?

To John Jackson, JackmanAVP,
I will miss you. You are welcome to motor with me anytime.

thank you to nono and otra for getting this rolling, and the mod that helped.
 

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GMINI, what a wonderful description! It wasn't til some time had passed that I actually found out Jackman's real name as I had just assumed "Jackman" was it. John was hale, hearty and handsome to be sure, with an obvious love of life - and that strong handshake, that huge smile and those sparkling blue eyes.

Over last night, I've heard from several who really knew him very well, as I believe you did, too John - about how he touched their lives with deep caring and support when they were going through rough times and it wasn't just lip service, either. He and Ed had a lot in common in this way.

As somewhat of a confused agnostic, I do like your offer to have Jackman ride with you anytime - so many of the photos and video clips show Ed and John together. As jcsinnh wrote on NEMINI:
Doesn't it seem, sometimes, that those who know how to really live life have to leave it way too soon?
May we all follow their great big hearted leads, live life to the fullest, and leave the world a better place.
 

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When Mart called yesterday evening to tell me that we lost another MINI friend, my heart stood still to see if the name of one my MOT friends came next. She said Jackman, and in my fuzzy memory I couldn't picture him. When I went on here and saw the pictures, I instantly remembered him. I only met Jackman at Ed's memorial service, but quickly found out how much they meant to each other, and that John's son Justin was a frequent recipient of a Maxamini mailing. Jackman was truly distraught at the loss of Ed, and now to have him go as well - it is really, really sad.
My heart goes out to his family in this time of grief.:frown:
 

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Altho we have not met Jackman, we are very sorry to hear of his passing. So young and full of life and then be taken away is truly hard on his wife and son. I guess Ed got too lonesome up there and wanted another buddy to drive with!

Our condolences to the family.

Sincerely,

Becca & Jar
 

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For those of you who know Scott aka "hershmini" who played with Jackman in their band, I offered to post the information about the upcoming services and am going to quote his post on NEMINI here:
It is both comforting and difficult to read all your kind words. I played with Jackman on Saturday night. Like always, we went out after the gig to debrief. We talked about the band, life, people, MINI's and the future. We were scheduled to play again on Sunday, a belated birthday bash. Ironically the original gig was cancelled due to the untimely death of John's cousin. He was my compadre and my sense of loss is balanced somewhat by the knowledge that I was fortunate to have known him. I thank this board and this community for introducing us.

Final arrangements have been made. There will be a wake on Wednesday from 7-9 and Thursday from 4-8 at the Hawthorne funeral home 914 769-4404.

The Funeral service will be Friday at 10 am at Holy Name church in Valhalla.

Bring em out, shine em up and fill the parking lot. I'm sure that's what the Jackman would have wanted.

Scott
I plan to attend the funeral on Friday. Here is a link for information about the chuch location: http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&lr=&q=holy+name+church&near=Valhalla,+NY+10595&radius=0.0&cid=41085559,-73777596,11250896666120610079&iwstate1=form:to...

And to the wake at the Hawthorne Funeral Home:http://www.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&sll=41.075013,-73.775021&sspn=0.003842,0.00663&q=Hawthorne+Funeral+Home&near=Valhalla,+NY&ie=UTF8&cid=41085559,-73777596,7828019451334084261&iwstate1=form:to
 

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A Note About A Friend

Hi All,

Please forgive me, for I am not a part of your Mini community. I was however a friend of John and I would like to share my thoughts on his passing. Please indulge me. I needed to do this. Thanks.


I remember the first time I ever saw John Joseph Jasksen Jr.. It was at the annual Kensico Little League, end of the season awards and barbeque. I saw this guy with a million dollar smile, the good looks of a movie star and wearing a pair of Hollywood sunglasses.

He's standing behind a microphone and as anyone who knew John could tell you, that was a place he liked to be, behind a microphone performing.

Anyway, he's going on and on about his team. Telling each and every kid on the team something to make them feel like the MVP or an All Star of the league. One by one they collected their trophies, with their heads up high and proud.

Needless to say I was quite impressed and a little disappointed that my son wasn't on that team.

It was only last September when I met John in earnest. He was now the coach of my son's team. He brought the same qualities to coaching soccer as he did baseball. He was a teacher and a mentor. He treated the kids with respect. Most importantly, he exuded tremendous energy and provided nothing but encouragement. He was having a ball coaching these kids and all he wanted was for them to feel the same way.

When the soccer season gave way to CYO basketball, John who was usually involved in everything, was sitting in the stands as a spectator, watching Jeannie coach their son Justin, on the basketball team.

Although I didn't know John well at the time, I know he was wishing he could be on the court coaching his son. I don't think John particularly liked being a spectator, he was more into getting involved, but like everything else he did, be it playing, coaching or now rooting for his son. No one rooted or cheered harder or louder
than John Joseph Jacksen Jr..

It was during these basketball games that I really got to know John. We would engage in the prerequisite small talk. He was very easy to talk to and a good thing for me, he did most of the talking. He was an interesting fellow. We found that we were both from the Bronx, from Irish ancestry and had a mutual love of music. Especially older music. I think from there on, at least from my point of view, we became fast friends. I looked forward to seeing him and talking to him.

Late last December, some of us went to a little shack of a bar in Rye to see "The Jackman" perform with his band The Cadillac Daddy's. Before the show John confessed that he had no voice. It was shot. The show begins and John is up there singing at the top of his lungs. Did he hit every note? No. But you can't say he didn't try. He gave it his all. He played four sets and he loved every minute of it.

In between one of the sets, John approaches me and shows me his electric guitar. Next to Justin and Jeannie, I imagine that would be John's greatest love. He tells me all about it. He proceeds to present it to me and asks me to hold it for him. As I am holding it, scared to death because I don't want to drop it or damage it in any way, he grabs an acoustic guitar, sits right down next to me and John knowing how much of a Beatles fan I am, sings two of their songs.

Wow!!!

One of the things I loved about him was it was so easy to be friends with him. I suspect a lot of people who knew him felt the same way. He had a way of making you feel like you knew him your whole life. He always made you feel special. When he would see you, he would come over to greet you with a warm smile on his face that was accompanied by either a hearty handshake or a meaningful hug or most times both.

This past spring, I was an assistant coach to John for his baseball team, the Dodgers. He was very excited to be managing again. For us this was like the big leagues.

John really got into it. He brought the same energy and intensity that he always did. We had a great bunch of kids , who always gave it their all. I think they learned that from their manager.

We finished in second place and just two weeks ago bowed out in the playoffs. As fate would have it, Justin made the last out of the game and he was understandably upset. I just remember seeing John rush out towards home plate and hugging his son to comfort him.

John was a very talented man who accomplished so much in his too short of a life. His greatest accomplishment was his family and nothing in this world was more important to him than his son, Justin.

I didn't know him very long and I didn't know him as well as I would have liked.

I do know he was a great friend but even more importantly he was a great husband and a great father.

I will miss him terribly.

Rest in peace, dear friend.
 

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Thanks for sharing your great story. He did share with us about his coaching days when he couldn't attend a MINI Event. That's what I mostly enjoyed about JACKMAN, his awesome smile, his good looks, his fantastic personality, the way he always greated you with a big bear hug and kiss. But what really impressed me, was the love he showed for his wife and son was so truly awesome in this day and age.
 
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