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Bruce P. Jackson, 62, Akwesasne
Friday, November 25, 2011 - 1:46 pm

Bruce P. Jackson, 62, 12 Jackson Road, unexpectedly left his loved ones during his final hunting adventure, shortly after bagging his first buck on Wednesday, November 23, in Norfolk.

Bruce was born February 12, 1949, in Hogansburg, the son of the late John L. and Anna LaFrance Jackson. He attended Salmon River Central Schools, where he graduated in 1968. Following high school, Bruce enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served in Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he was wounded five times, thus receiving two Purple Hearts for his bravery. He was honorably discharged following his service of just five months. On June 9, 1973, he married Linda Thompson at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Francis Arsenault, officiating.

Bruce first worked as a tribal police officer for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police during the 70’s until they disbanded. He then went work as an ironworker with Local #440. Upon his return home, he went to work as a police officer for the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service.

Bruce was forced to end his police career with Mohawk Council due to health reasons. He had recently retired from years of employment with the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino where he was once a commissioner and Assistant Director for the security department. Bruce was a communicant of the St. Regis Catholic Church. He was a member of the Marine Corps League and the Andrew W. Cook American Legion Post #1479, where he served as Commander for six years.

Bruce will be remembered as the best softball coach ever for the American Legion Women’s Softball team. He also played baseball for many traveling teams for years. During the 80’s he drove his late brother John’s racecar #18 at the Frogtown International Speedway. He loved to go camping, golfing, riding on his trike, and especially loved watching his grandchildren play soccer, lacrosse, and football. He and his wife made several trips to Washington with family and friends to visit the Veteran’s Memorial Wall. Bruce recently took up the sport of hunting.

Bruce will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Linda; his children and their companions, Kimberly Jackson and Taylor Mitchell, Elwin “Joey” Jackson and Karakwahawi Ransom, and Kelsey Jackson and Jarrett Jacobs, all of Akwesasne; two chosen sons, Robert and Natalie King Sawatis of Texas, John King of Ottawa; and his grandchildren, Treyton, Tyrell, Taya, Taylor, Keyah, Jaylin, Tehanietahrowanions, and Iowissonawen, all of Akwesasne.

He will also be sadly missed by his brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Mary Ellen Jackson, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Sarah and Teddy Mitchell, Marilyn and Mike Tarbell, and Liz and Mitchell Sunday, all of Akwesasne; his godchildren, Margaret LaFrance, Justin Mitchell and Marlana Thompson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Bruce was predeceased by father, John in 1976; his mother, Annie in 1983; four brothers, William in infancy at age two, Elwyn in 1976, Emil in 1995, and John in 2010; his sister, Mae Bigtree in 2001; and his godmother, Margaret George.

Friends may call at his home beginning Saturday 4 p.m. until 10 a.m. Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday 11 a.m. at St. Regis Catholic Church, where full military honors will be conducted following the services. Cremation will follow.

Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where condolence may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com.