John Albert Sidney Jackson, CBE, JP
Former President of the Senate of Bermuda
Early life and education
John Albert Sidney Jackson was born on 9 September 1919, the youngest child of William Hunte Jackson and Sarah Jaackson. His brothers Vernon and Shirley and his sisters were Cecily, Leonie, Rosalie, Sally, and Lucille.
As a young boy, Albert was a companion to his father, accompanying him on fishing trips by rowboat out to Timlins' Narrows, and walking from Brooklyn to Prospect to listen to the British military bands on Sunday after church. On each Election Day, they would travel by horse and carriage from Somerset to St. George's to vote in each parish where they owned a plot of land. This was Albert's early introduction to culture and politics.
Education was a challenge in Albert's era. He had hoped to attend Saltus Grammar School in 1924 with his neighbourhood friends, but instead as they headed off to the big inviting buildings down the road from their homes, Albert was taken over to Elliott Street to attend school in the basement of the Hill family homestead.
After Berkeley, he completed teachers' training at Kingston Technical School in Jamaica (where he met his first wife, Ruby Clarke). He returned to teach at "Tin Top" as the manual training instructor for the west end of the Island.
As the manual arts were not a natural calling for Albert, he obtained a Bachelor's in education from Columbia University, and two Masters' degrees in education and educational psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of London, respectively.
While engaged in the pursuit of academic qualifications, Albert followed a very busy teaching career — and found his true calling as a leader in the field of education. Albert progressed through the Ministry of Education and then the Bank of Bermuda from which he retired at the age of 65.
He has served as president of Rotary International in Bermuda. He was also the founding chairperson of the Human Rights Commission.
In 1985, he was appointed an independent Senator, becoming President of the Senate in 1987 for a further 11 years
Albert was also a committed participant in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, representing Bermuda throughout the English-speaking world on matters of parliamentary and governmental practice.
Honours and awards
Jackson was honoured by the Queen with the awards of Member of the British Empire (MBE) and Commander of the British Empire (CBE).
Albert Jackson was twice married - first to Ruby Clarke, and later to Louise Jackson MBE, JP. He was the father of three daughters Carol Ann Alicia, Deborah Leonie, and Susan Elizabeth.
Albert Jackson died peacefully at home on Wednesday, 23 September2009. He was 90.