Harold G. "Hal" Jacklin, Jr.

  • Born: May 14, 1933
  • Died: January 6, 2021
  • Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Mr. Harold G. "Hal" Jacklin, Jr., a resident of Gloucester, MA, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at age 87.

Born on May 14, 1933 in Melrose, MA, he was the son of the late Harold G. Jacklin Sr. and Lillian E. (Sandberg) Jacklin. Harold was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, and received his business degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Harold later received his Master's in Taxation from Bentley University. A C.P.A. and businessman, Harold owned and operated his own accounting firm, Jacklin & Co., in Wakefield and Malden for over 30 years. Harold also owned and operated F.M. Callahan & Son, a precious metal electroplating company based in Malden, MA which is now operated by the fourth generation of the family.

Harold was a keenly intelligent and resourceful man who excelled in both business and working with his hands in the trades. After his marriage to his beloved wife Deborah, he purchased lumber and built all the furniture for the family home. He operated his accounting practice while also learning the highly technical field of electroplating metal for private and defense industries. For many years, Harold also used his varied skills in carpentry, woodworking, and masonry to repair and improve properties for resale. With a strong work ethic and many talents, Harold was successful in anything he set his mind to.

After earning his private pilot's license, Harold enjoyed taking his wife Deborah around New England aboard his Bonanza airplane. An ocean lover, he also enjoyed boating around Ipswich Bay and Annisquam River with family and friends. For many years, Harold and Deborah loved spending the winters on the Caribbean Island of St. Barts. With his analytical mind and measured approach, Harold also enjoyed investing and watching the ups and downs of the stock market.

Harold was a unique, and well-loved man. He loved his work, his family, and was always learning something new. He will be deeply missed, but always lovingly remembered.

Harold was the beloved husband of Deborah A. (Carlson) Jacklin with whom he shared 62 years of marriage. Devoted father of Karen Wagner and her husband Charles of Gloucester, MA, Heather Hennigar and her husband Robert of Hamilton, MA, Diana Jacklin of Vienna, Austria, Eric Jacklin of Gloucester, MA, and "like a father" to Eric James of PA. Cherished grandfather of Meredith Salo, Kirsten Salo, Mallory Hennigar, Avery Hennigar, Bryn Hennigar, Sarah Jacklin, Emma Jacklin, William Jacklin, Asja James, and Dasia James.

Out of respect and concern for public health, the Jacklin family will gather privately to honor and remember Harold's life. Interment in Mt. Adnah Cemetery, Gloucester, MA. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Harold's memory to Good Neighbors, 23 Norrock Rd., Gloucester MA 01930.