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  • Donations may be made in memory of Jim to HYBL or The Holyoke Parks and Recreation Suburban Basketball League.

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“My condolences to the Jackson family. There are no words that can explain how grateful I am to have met you. Although, we had our fair share of...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Ramon Guzman - Holyoke, MA

“My condolences go out to Mr. Jackson's family. Mr. Jackson's big and bright smile, his warm laugh, and his larger than life attitude are at the heart...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Jamie Marcial - Holyoke, MA

“Thank you Coach for everything you taught me. Not just how to play baseball, but integrity and sportsmanship as well. You and Coach Murphy were two...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Bryan Wilson - Holyoke, MA

“To Jackson family stay strong enjoy the memories he brought to the city of Holyoke and it's youth ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: james charvis - Chicopee, MA

“Jim was a great man, a coach, mentor and even father figure for so many young people. He coached two of my son's baseball teams and I later had the...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Bill Matlock - Holyoke, MA

“Few people had as great an impact on my childhood as Jim. He cared for every player on his teams, especially those of us with less talent than others...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Jim Murphy - Houston, TX

“Sending my Condolences to the family. Mr. James Jackson, May you rest in Power. May the Lord give you all peace that surpasses all understanding....Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Janice Westbrook - Holyoke, MA

“Jim was my basketball and baseball coach for many years but most of all he taught me to be a good person. Jack Padden ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Jim was my basketball and baseball coach for many years but most all he taught me to be a good person. Jack Padden ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: A friend


HOLYOKE
James "Jim" Jackson, longtime Holyoke Youth Basketball and Baseball Coach, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Holyoke Medical Center. Jim was born in Americus, GA to the late John and Ruth (Hudson) Jackson and had moved to Holyoke in the early 1940's at the age of five. In his youth, he spent much of his time after school playing basketball at the Holyoke Boys' Club on Race Street where he was encouraged and influenced by Nick Cosmos. After leaving school, Jim worked at the Boys' Club under Nick for a few years, and then became an employee of the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department's winter gym program, primarily at Morgan school. It was there that he began his almost fifty-year service as a coach and head coordinator for the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department's Suburban Basketball League. Jim also spent many summers coaching baseball in Holyoke, first in the Babe Ruth League under the Parks and Recreation Department, and later as a coach with the Holyoke Youth Baseball League. He was chosen as "Coach of the Year" twice; once in the 12-14 division and once in the midget (10-12) division, and was chosen as Parade Marshal for the Jamboree for his dedication and service to the league. Jim was also a volunteer coach for the Dean Tech Varsity Baseball Team from 2005 until 2008, with his close friend, Terry Murphy. Jim had a positive impact on the athletic growth of his players, with many going on to achieve excellence at both, the high school and college level. He taught them to compete while maintaining a proper attitude of sportsmanship. Jim was retired from Northeast Utilities as a Control Room Engineer after thirty-five years of service. He is survived by two brothers, Lawrence Jackson and his wife, Betty Hallenbeck of Holyoke, and Craig Jackson of Springfield, as well as many nieces and nephews. Friends and former players are invited to attend a Funeral Home Service on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. in the Barry Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street. Burial will follow in Forestdale Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m and Friday morning from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Donations may be made in memory of Jim to Holyoke Youth Baseball League, P.O. Box 10453, Holyoke, MA 01041 or The Holyoke Parks and Recreation Suburban Basketball League, City Hall, Room 14, Holyoke, MA 01040.