Jackson, Robert

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Jackson, Robert

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1914-2000

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Robert "Bob" Jackson was born March 18, 1914 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The first of four children, he left home at age 13 to work. In the 1930s Jackson helped organize men in government-run labour camps for the On to Ottawa Trek of 1935. Jackson and Agnes "Aggie" Martin married in December 1938 and the couple had three children: Roberta Carol (born 1939), Kenneth William (born 1942), and Larry Steven (born 1948). Jackson served in the Canadian Navy during the World War Two and worked for decades in wood mills in Vancouver. He was a member of the Communist Party and of the Industrial Wood and Allied Workers of Canada until he supported a failed attempt to split that union in 1948. Jackson and his wife enjoyed travel after their children were grown, journeying to Europe, the U.S.S.R., and Cuba. In 1972 Agnes Jackson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and Bob Jackson cared for her in their home, which was by then located in Powell River, B.C., for many years. Jackson devoted much of his time later in life to educating younger Canadians about labour history based on his first-hand experiences. Jackson was a socialist and an advocate of workers' rights and he supported these causes until his death from cancer June 27, 2000, just two months after his wife's passing.

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