In Memory of
J. Albin Jackman


January 13, 1935 - April 4, 2011

J. Albin Jackman passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2011.  He was a member of Detroit Lodge No. 7 from 2000-2004 and was issued pennant number A-11861.

Mr. Jackman served 35 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was active at the Brodhead Naval Armory in Detroit.  He was also a member of local maritime organizations.  He served on the Board and also as President of the Great Lakes Maritime Institute at Dossin Museum.  He was active in the Marine Historical Society of Detroit, and served as editor of the organization's 25th anniversary volume titled Ahoy and Farewell, which chronicled the coming and goings of vessels that worked the Great Lakes.  For one year, he served as editor of Bowling Green State University's Lake Log Chips.
Some 20 years ago, Mr. Jackman established Great Lakes Memories, a company formed to retail history books about the Great Lakes, video tapes, model plans and a specialty line of 1:700 resin scale models.  Al was a fixture at Marine Marts around the Great Lakes, where he met with his many friends in the dealer trade.
Mr. Jackman was a licensed funeral director in the State of Michigan for 50 years and worked out of the Harry J. Will Funeral Homes in Redford and Livonia.  After he retired, he went back to school to receive his Masters Degree in 1993 and received his Doctorate of Divinity in 1994.
Al is survived by his wife Mary and a large family of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A death notice was published in the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press on Monday, April 4, 2011.  The funeral was held on Tuesday, April 5 at St. Priscilla Church in Livonia. 
The newspaper death notice and on-line guest book can be viewed by clicking HERE.