Mr. James Phillip Jackson

  • Born: March 12, 1966
  • Died: August 5, 2019
  • Location: Salem, Massachusetts

The O'Donnell Funeral Home

O'Donnell Funeral Home
84 Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970
Tel. (978) 744-2350

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Jimmy by adding your memories and photos.

SALEM – Mr. James Phillip Jackson 53, of Salem, died unexpectedly Monday, August 5, 2019 at Salem hospital, following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born in Salem, he was the son of the late James P. and Mary J. (Smith) Jackson and brother of the late Jeannette Jackson. He was raised and educated in Salem and attended Salem High School.

Mr. Jackson had been employed for many years in the construction industry as a laborer and handyman. He was talented with his hands and never afraid of a hard day work. He loved to be challenged with a difficult task and took great pride in figuring out and completing the most difficult of jobs.

Jimmy was well known throughout the City of Salem. Especially for his kindness and willingness to help others. He enjoyed sharing his skills with others for a day or just a simple task. He was the ultimate friend and it was his life's pleasure to help those in need. If you were in need and asked Jimmy for help he was there in an instant. He was generous, kind and friendly and will be deeply missed.

He enjoyed challenging his mind with puzzles and intricate models. He enjoyed cars especially hot rods and was a passionate animal lover. His faith was very important to him and he attended church weekly. He was loved deeply and will be missed.

Jimmy is survived by his sister, Jill Jackson and her fiancé Philip Ketrelakes Jr. of Peabody, his brother, Peter Jackson and his wife Erin of Beverly, his nieces and nephews, Chyenne Jackson, Philip Ketrelakes III., Lily, Olivia, and Brianna Jackson.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours in The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem, Friday, Aug. 9th from 4 to 7 P.M. All other services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jimmy's memory may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, Ma 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Fly high my friend.

Posted by Jennifer Gauthier - Beverly, MA - Friend   August 10, 2019

I was lucky when I moved to Salem in that the majority of the friends I made were indigenous Salemites, but I kinda felt like I was in Jimmy's town whenever we chatted. Not sure that will make any sense to anyone.

Posted by Stephen Cunningham - Ipswich, MA - Acquaintance   August 08, 2019

Unfortunately I am away on vacation and won't be back till late Saturday. Jimmy was a great friend and he will be very missed. R.I.P. bro. I'm very sorry I can't make the services.

Posted by Stephen Drillis - Salem, MA - Friend   August 08, 2019

So sorry for your Loss Locust Baptist Church will be praying God Comfort You and Yours during this time

Posted by Ledford - Verdailles, MO - Acquaintance   August 08, 2019

Jimmy my friend you will be missed...

Posted by Lorrie Gibson - Lowell, MA - Friend   August 07, 2019


Posted by Sheryl Croft - FL   August 07, 2019

Jimmy you are and always will be my brother. I will miss you always.

Posted by Joyce Levesque - FL   August 07, 2019

Downtown Salem will not be the same without you Jimmy J. Rest in peace.

Posted by james mcallister - Salem, MA - Friend   August 07, 2019

I will miss seeing you in my downtown travels. I always enjoyed our chats.

Posted by Ann Tarascio - Salem, MA - Friend   August 07, 2019

Downtown Salem will always have an empty seat at table for you Jimmy.

Posted by Williaim Legault - salem, MA - Acquaintance   August 07, 2019

I love you Jimmy. You were always so amazing to me. We shared so many good times together. Essex St. Will never feel the same. Thank you for always being a great friend. Rest easy .

Posted by Kelly Spangler - Salem, MA - Friend   August 07, 2019

Jimmy you were a wonderful person another person gone too soon

Posted by Ginger Coffin - Salem, MA - Family Friend   August 07, 2019

My deepest condolences to you and your family .

Posted by Rob Christensen - Salem, MA - Friend   August 07, 2019

Remembering Jimmy since he was a kid always with my brother Billy and always part of my family. Fly high now Jimmy with the Lord and the Angels.

Posted by Tammy Callanan - Ipswich, MA - friend   August 07, 2019

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