Robert Henry Jackson, of Edgartown died peacefully on Oct. 18, surrounded by his family, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, at Hill House in Bath, Me.

He was born Nov. 11, 1926 in Melrose to Robert Edward Jackson and Elizabeth McCaffrey Jackson of Wakefield, and raised in Wellesley. He was married to Hope Clark of Lexington from 1950 until her death in 1998. In 2001 he married Annchen Gager of Wellesley, who died in 2008.

He attended Wellesley High School; Holy Cross and Williams Colleges; and received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and served as Lt. Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was an artist who worked in marketing and graphic design in Boston. He was also active in land conservation projects on Martha’s Vineyard, and in the preservation of the USS Constitution, Old Ironsides, and the establishment of the Constitution Museum in Charlestown.

He is survived by daughters Tory Jackson of Bath, Betsy Fear and her husband Michael Fear of Woolwich, and son Philip Jackson and his wife, Victoria of Salem; grandchildren Charlie and Sam Fear, and Henry, Clark, Caroline and Julia Jackson; stepdaughters Cindy DeLotto and Annchen Brown.

In lieu of flowers, send memorial gifts to Vineyard Open Land Foundation (VOLF) P.O. Box 4608, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or the charity of one’s choice.

A memorial gathering in Bath was held on Nov. 29 at the Maine Maritime Museum. Another memorial will be held in Edgartown at a later date.

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