Richard John Jackson
ROME, N.Y. — Richard John Jackson, born in Clinton, on March 14, 1951, the first of four sons to Donald A. Jackson and Mary A. Jackson, embarked on his eternal journey on May 25, 2023, leaving behind cherished memories and a legacy that will forever be engraved in the hearts of his loved ones.
Richard’s early life was marked by the joys of siblinghood, as he was an older brother to Larry (North Carolina), David, and Francis (Illinois).
His parents, Donald and Mary, and one nephew, Christopher, preceded him in death, awaiting a joyful reunion in the heavens above.
Richard’s academic journey was marked by exceptional intelligence and unwavering determination. He graduated from Rome Catholic High School in 1969, already demonstrating his intellectual prowess. It was clear from an early age that Richard had a bright future ahead of him. He went on to pursue a bachelor of science in physics at Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, N.Y. and further honed his skills by earning a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Syracuse University.
In the spring of 1979, Richard embarked on a lifelong journey of love and partnership, when he married Deborah Cross, his beloved wife of 44 years. Their bond was a testament to the power of commitment, devotion, and enduring love.
Richard’s professional life was marked by unwavering dedication to his country. He served tirelessly in the defense sector, with his most recent assignment taking him to California, where he worked as Senior Projects Manager for the Raytheon Corporation. His dedication to national security was unwavering, and his contributions have left a lasting impact on the world.
Richard was a man of integrity, discipline and humility. He possessed a quiet strength that inspired those around him. His love for his family was immeasurable, and he treasured the moments spent with his loved ones. Richard’s legacy will live on in the hearts of his family and friends, as they remember the warmth of his smile, the wisdom of his words, and the love he shared.
Richard is survived by his devoted wife, Deborah Cross, and his brothers, Larry (Isabel), David (Nancy), and Francis (Kathy) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He leaves behind a wealth of cherished memories, a testament to a life well-lived and a legacy that will endure through the ages.
As we bid farewell to Richard, let us remember his life as a beacon of love, dedication, and honor. His memory will forever shine brightly in our hearts, and we find solace in the knowledge that he now rests in eternal peace.
A funeral Mass for Richard will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 29, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Rome, N.Y., the Very Rev. Seán P. O’Brien, VF, presiding.
May Richard’s soul find eternal peace, and may his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration to us all.