James “Mickey” Jackson, 61, of Sheffield Lake, passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, following an eight month battle with cancer. Born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1953 in Cleveland, Mickey graduated from Midpark High School. In 1984 he moved to Lorain County.
In the early 1990′s Mickey entered the police academy and then began his law enforcement career under the Village of Grafton. For the past 20 years, he worked at the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. Throughout his years there he worked as a deputy, a detective, a firearms instructor, he served on the SWAT team and then the past four years was in the environmental crime unit.
He was a member of the FOP Lodge 54 and the Lorain County Deputy’s Association. Mickey loved being a police officer, firearms instructor, doing yard work, golf and was well known for being a carnivore connoisseur who was proud to be Irish. Showing kindness to others and helping people without having to be asked were just two of the gifts God blessed Mickey with. No matter how bad of a day he was having, he made sure to ask others how their day was. He said his grandchildren were the best medicine he could receive. He touched the hearts of so many and the world is a better place because of him. He will be forever missed.
He is survived by his wife, Tina (nee Ientile); sons, Charles (Libby) of Brunswick Hills and Matthew of Chippewa Lake; daughters, Christina (William) Jackson-Curtis of New London, Katherine Jackson of Wellington; step-sons, Alexander and Maxwell Wolford of Sheffield Lake; 11 grandchildren; his brothers, Terry (Anna) of Concord Twp. and Marty (Robin) Jackson of Chicago; and his sisters, Colleen Jackson and Denise (John) Jackson-Schultz, both of Brook Park.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Athalia (nee Campell); and his first wife, Denise (Schmotzer) Jackson.
The family will receive friends Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10 A.M. until the time of a memorial service at 12 Noon in the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst. Chaplain Robert Dybo will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), www.nationalcops.org or to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org)