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William Watson Texas (TEX) Jackson, (80) of Mountainside passed away peacefully at his home on September 16, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Tex grew up in Summit, N.J. Attended Blair Academy and was a graduate of Florida Southern College. He honorably served our country as one of the few, the proud and the brave as a United States Marine.
Tex served as a Council member for the Borough of Mountainside as well as Council President. He was Fire Commissioner and also a honorary member of the Mountainside Fire Dept. Tex served as Police Commissioner, he was past President of the Mountainside Honorary PBA #126 and a proud recipient of the Silver Life Card. He served on multiple committees and Boards for the Borough of Mountainside including the Juvenile Committee, the Planning Board, Board of Ethics, Commissioner of Recreation, along with Council Representative for Children's Specialized Hospital. Tex was a founding member and 1st President of the Hudson County 200 Club, Bergen Cartaret Club, and Acme Companies all of Jersey City. Tex was Treasurer of the Metropolitan Chair Renters Assn. He served on the Boards of The Provident Bank, Provident Financial Services, BayView-New York Bay Cemetery and St. Francis Hospital. Tex was a member of the Mountainside Elks and a Third Degree Mason and member of the Atlantis Pythagoras Lodge of Westfield.
Tex was retired from the Thomas A. Deming Company where he was President and Director. Also retired Executive Director of the Bayview-N.Y. Bay Cemetery.
Tex was an avid Yankee and Giants fan and also enjoyed a good game of poker (especially when he was winning)
Tex is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Elsa (Weaver) Jackson and his beloved children Lisa Lyle Jackson and her companion Daniel Gigantino, William Thomas Jackson, Michael David Jackson and his wife Sheila and Sarah Jane Falso and her husband Anthony. Loving brother of Marion Harley and attentive Pop-Pop of nine grandchildren. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral Service to be held on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Mountainside Community Presbyterian Church at 11:00 am.