Fr Frederick George Jackson
Requiescat in Pace
Dear parishioners, dear friends
The word of God this Sunday suggests that if our lives are barren it can only mean that we have not allowed God’s word to take root in our hearts. Yet God never gives up on us. When we are gathered up into God’s loving arms we shall see and understand ourselves fully for All in the end is harvest.
On the afternoon of Friday 17 July Fr Freddie died peacefully in The Kensington Care Home, Ladbroke Road where he had been living these last weeks. At the beginning of the lock down Fr Freddie went for respite care to Nazareth House East Finchley. He had been living for many years with Parkinson’s. This year he received a diagnosis of cancer. He was so happy to be back in Kensington. He had served the parish for 20 years.
On Thursday 16 July Fr Freddie’s health took a sudden turn for the worse. I went to see him. I prayed with him and for him. He also received the Last Rites of the Church for his final journey home. Close family members were able to spend time with him. He died with Peter his brother by his bedside.
We have so much to be grateful for in Fr Freddie. I think of his preaching, kindness, learning, empathy and joie de vivre. A little sparkle has gone from our lives and the parish. He was in so many ways the hidden glue that helped to hold so much together.
It was while Fr Perry Sykes was Parish Priest of OLV that Fr Freddie learnt of his Parkinson’s. With Fr Perry’s support and God’s grace Fr Freddie found the courage to continue his priestly ministry. He was a man of great courage.
Fr Fred was born in Liverpool on 27 September 1943 and ordained to the priesthood in Westminster Cathedral on 28 June 1997 by Cardinal Basil Hume. He had served as an Anglican priest for many years before his reception into the Catholic Church. Sr Maureen, Fr Daniel and I wish to thank parishioners who gave so much of their love, support and company to Fr Fred. It meant so much to him. We will announce the funeral arrangements shortly. Our condolences and prayers are with his brother Peter, sister in law Joan, nephew Andrew and nieces Gemma and Joanne.
I want to leave the last word to Fr Freddie with words preached at a parishioner’s funeral:
“So farewell, but never goodbye. For God will gather us together again in the joy of His Kingdom.…God who understands and cherishes in a special way those who are fractured and broken by life. So thanks for this noble friend who so loved the Lord under the forms of bread and wine, and to whom in the stillness of His healing voice that same Lord must now be saying well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter the joy of thy Lord.”
May Frederick George Jackson, Christian, pilgrim and priest of the Most High God, rest in peace and rise in glory
18/7/2020 12:39:53 pm
Thankyou Father Freddie for your years of service in the Parish. We will remember your gentle smile, humility, and faith. Rest in peace.
18/7/2020 02:25:51 pm
Dear Father Freddie! The wisest, kindest man. I hope he knew how loved he was. Rest in peace. Safe journey home.
18/7/2020 03:12:25 pm
Dear Fr Freddie
19/7/2020 11:45:19 am
Our thoughts and prayers are with Fr Freddie's family and friends. We will remember him with fondness and never forget his wise words and advice. Rest in peace dear Fr Freddie
Kelder Blanco family
19/7/2020 01:28:51 pm
A truly wonderful human being has left us. We fondly remember his warm smile, kind words of support and spiritual eloquence. May he rest in peace and may our Lord bless and comfort his family and our parish during this time of grief.
19/7/2020 01:50:37 pm
Fr Jackson was so loved by all of the team at JH Kenyon, be they the funeral arrangers at Kensington Sandra and Nabeela, who always looked forward to Fr Freddie popping in for a welcome chat, to myself and the other funeral directors and the bearers who had the privilege to assist this kind and gentle pastor at funerals over the years. I will never forget one of the first funerals I directed at OLV some 15 years ago. Fr Freddie was not the officiant, I think it was Fr Perry, and yet Fr Freddie came out of the house and brought the funeral bearers bananas, yoghurts and biscuits! They were stunned, as no priest had every done this for them before and they eagerly devoured the food. He said he was thinking of how long a day they had and how they wouldn't have had time for lunch! They have not forgotten this, nor have I. Of such is sanctity! I will miss you so much Fr Freddie. May your innumerable good deeds (mostly hidden) have gone before you and now that your struggles are at an end, you are resting in the peace of the Lord whom you loved and served so faithfully (and heroically). Philip x
19/7/2020 04:25:27 pm
So very sorry to hear this very sad news about Fr Fred. I remember him as a young priest at St Augustine’s, Kilburn, a long time ago. My good friend friend Elizabeth, who stayed in touch with him has just told me the news.
20/7/2020 10:43:05 am
I am so very sorry for the loss of Father Freddy. Will miss him very much. His wisdom and kind words helped me a lot. Rest in peace Father Freddy.
20/7/2020 03:15:41 pm
What a lovely kind and generous man. RIP.
21/7/2020 09:58:32 am
May you rest in peace dear Father Freddie.....you were the kindest most compassionate man......you came to help me when I was at my very lowest and I still have your beautiful uplifting card you wrote to me on my pinboard......we will all miss you.... R.I.P with the angels.....
21/7/2020 04:20:35 pm
I am so sorry to hear of Fr Freddie's death; a fine priest whom I knew for over 40 years. His gentleness, humour and real faith in Jesus were an inspiration.
22/7/2020 06:56:58 pm
Fr. Freddy helped me find the road back to my faith in God and my connection with the Catholic Church. I will miss him. I am blessed by his ministry.
24/7/2020 12:52:19 am
Well done thou good and faithful servent.
24/7/2020 11:59:03 pm
Fr Freddie was such a loving, gentle and warm priest. I will miss his kind nature. The way he helped me on my journey to become a Catholic in 2018 when he taught us the RCIA along with others from Our Lady of Victories.
Sunday Evening Choir
26/7/2020 09:02:35 pm
Writing here on behalf of OLV Sunday evening choir - in later years, Fr Freddie became our patron and led the'choir prayer' before Mass. Such a simple heartfelt gesture, typical of his nurturing, dutiful and thoughtful nature. In memory of Freddie, we say the prayer he himself wrote as pastor, teacher and friend....
27/7/2020 10:50:42 pm
A beautiful Angel has left this world......
Margaret Arkell (Gibson)
27/9/2020 03:37:33 pm
My dear friend Fred. I phoned and phoned and got no reply . I now know why . Heartbreaking news. From the day we met her I worked with you and your brother Peter, nearly 60 yrs ago, I knew you were special . So kind and caring . Always had time to listen. It was a privilege to have known you. Il tell you this when we meet again. Safe with the lord you do loved .
29/5/2021 11:04:52 pm
Rest in Peace dear Father Freddie, you brought me into the fold of the Catholic Church , for which I will be eternally grateful.. You were such a wonderful man, sorely missed. May God bless you for you love and kindness. I thank you from the bottom of my heart
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