David Windsor Jackson

January 30, 1937September 26, 2020

David Windsor Jackson, 83, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather died, peacefully on Saturday, September 26th, 2020. He was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, son to Nellie Racey Jackson and Hubert Edward Glencairn Jackson. Raised in Winchester, Virginia, he frequently shared memories of his beloved town, and life experiences with Boy Scouts, summer days at Woodlawn Pool, the Apple Blossom Festival, and Handley High School, to name a few. A proud Hokie, he graduated from Virginia Tech in 1962 and almost always could be seen in Hokie attire and clenching his fists over a tense football game. During this time he served in the Air National Guard for 6 years. After his graduation he accepted a position with Hamilton Standard (United Technologies, Windsor Locks, CT) where he worked on many exciting projects until his retirement. His proudest was the Apollo Space Program. In December 1962, David married Joyce Anne Atkins, from Blacksburg, VA and they moved to CT where they raised their three children first in Suffield, then in West Hartford. David was a dedicated member at St. James’ Episcopal Church in West Hartford, CT where he walked to church twice weekly and sang in the choir for 47 years. He was so dedicated, that to the dismay of his fellow choristers, he proceeded to rehearsal after being sprayed by a skunk and remained until the choir master sent him home... He had a passion for singing and belonged to several Hartford choral groups. He was an avid runner, skier, and at age 73 when he had to give up running, he became a long distance swimmer at Corner Stone pool. David also earned his Master’s Degree and developed a love of history, music and opera, and all things outdoors including canoeing, hiking, and camping. He helped restart the Greater Hartford Sierra Club Group and served as an officer for over 30 years. On his summer vacations, he participated in the National Sierra Club’s service projects around the Country. During this period, he also became a lobbyist for environmental issues at the state level. David’s great respect and concern for nature and Mother Earth began with his early Boy Scout trip to Algonquin, Canada and continued throughout his life. His granddaughters say, in a canoe, out on the water, camping, hiking—there, he was his best self. He also loved planning and sharing Wilderness Canoe tripping in Algonquin with family and friends later in life. His neighbors would best remember him walking around Fernridge Park with a canoe on his shoulders and his pants rolled to his knees. David also loved animals. One time he went so far as to feed rescued squirrels on the roof of his home in his pajamas as part of his daily routine until they were finally secure feeding themselves. That would be one of many animal rescues over the years. After a lifetime of cherished pets, he had secured the #1 spot in the eyes (or stomach) of 13 year old great grand fur baby, beautiful Romo. Moving forward his love and values will be reflected by his family: Wife, Joyce Anne Jackson. Children, Margaret (Midge) Anne Carlson (Frank Portonova), Christopher Neal Jackson (Silvia Anghel), Barbara Glencairn Hall (Edward G. Hall). Grandchildren, Haley Margaret Guite (Brian Guite), Paige Brittany Pontacoloni (Jonathan Pontacoloni), Mark Windsor Humphrey-Tuong (Thao Humphrey-Tuong), Ryan John Humphrey, Aidan Henderson Humphrey. And, “lights of his eyes” Great-Grandchildren, Cayden and Aria. As a proud American, active conservationist, faithful Christian lifelong Republican, David’s only regret would be that he is not here to fill out his mail in voting form to vote for a Biden/Harris ticket and to see Trump get skunked in 2020. Private celebration only. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation in his name to your favorite charitable organization. Services have been entrusted to D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, Wethersfield. To leave a message for the family, please visit


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Bob White

October 2, 2020

Hello Joyce and family,

I was sad to read of the death of Dave Jackson. I loved the wording of the obituary for several reasons. It helped me know much more about his personal life, including other similarities (canoes, environmental issues, history, music, and a Master's Degree); the wonderful story of the choir master sending him due to the skunk smell, and the regret that he wouldn't get to vote for Biden/Harris. It was a wonderful obituary!

I worked at Hamilton Standard for more than 25 years, but I did NOT know Dave through our working together. I knew and loved Dave through us both being fanatical runners. In 1971, I organized an race for Hamilton Standard employees called the "Yucan Two" - a 2-mile cross-country race held in Windsor Locks twice a year. The 97th race was held last October. Dave competed in 11 of these races (only 31 runners have run it more times than that). His fastest time was 11:24 (which he ran in 1984), putting him as the 36th fastest Yucan Two runner ever (out of 370). He still holds 4 age records: for runners aged 49, 50, 51, and 52.

As you can guess by now, I am the keeper of the Hamilton Standard records for running events. Dave ran the Thanksgiving Day Manchester Road Race several times. His fastest time there was 28:00 in 1987 (which puts him as the 26th fastest Hamilton Standard runner ever (out of many hundreds). Another popular race was the Cape Cod Relay (teams of 8 each ran one leg of the 80 miles from Plymouth Rock to Provincetown. Dave ran on the Hamilton team in 1985, 1986, and 1989.

I have such good memories of competing against Dave, and being on teams with him. I hope that your grieving process becomes less painful as time passes, and that you can be boosted by the many happy memories that you must have of time spent with him.
Warmly, Bob White
I have pictures of Dave and more memories, but the space here is limited. Contact me and I can e-mail you directly.

Cheryl Champagne

October 1, 2020

I read Dave's obituary with great sadness. My condolences for your loss. I worked with Dave at Hamilton Standard & also knew him in the Sierra Club. I was an officer in the Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club for several years and have been a member for about 40 years. I greatly respect Dave's many years of dedicated effort in the Sierra Club and to conserve the beauty of nature that abounds in our precious Earth Mother. Today, I made memorial donations in Daves' name to both the Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club and to the national club.

Deborah Downes

October 1, 2020

Dear Joyce and family,
I am so saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. I had the pleasure of knowing him at St. James’s, particularly in the choir. I appreciated his sense of humor and storytelling. Please accept David’s and my condolences. May your loving memories bring you comfort. Deb and David Downes

Claire O'Toole Cashman

October 1, 2020

A lovely tribute to a lovely man!

Claire O'Toole Cashman

Anne Willard

September 30, 2020

John and I send our heartfelt condolensces for the loss of your husband, father, uncle and grandfather. Although we did not know him for very long it was clear to us that he was a very intelligent, thoughtful, fun and caring person. To our Daughter in Law Paige, and sister Haley, we are very sorry for your loss, but know that the many special memories of times you spent with your grandfather will be kept close in your hearts for an eternity. To his loving wife, we hope the many memories of your time shared together, while rasing the family you created, will help to uplift you in the years to come. During these times of profound sorrow, special memories of your lives together we hope will help to console you. Please know that we are grateful for the opportunity to meet your beloved husband (father and grandfather) David Windsor Jackson and we will be helping to build a forest in his name!
Love from John Swingen, Jr and Anne Willard (mother of Jonathan Pontacoloni and mother in law to Paige). 💐


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