BATH — Robert Henry Jackson, 87, died peacefully at Hill House on Oct. 18, surrounded by his family, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.

He was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Melrose, Massachusetts, to Robert Edward Jackson and Elizabeth McCaffrey Jackson, and raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Jackson was married to Hope Clark from 1950 until her death in 1998. In 2001, he married Annchen Gager, of Wellesley, who died in 2008.

He attended Wellesley High School, the College of the Holy Cross and Williams College, and received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

Jackson served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and worked as an artist in marketing and graphic design in Boston. He was 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, Massachusetts.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Maine Maritime Museum, Maine’s First Ship or the charity of one’s choice.

A memorial gathering in Bath will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath; and in Edgartown, Massachusetts, at a later date.

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