Harold G. "Hal" Jacklin, Jr.

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

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Melrose, MA 02176

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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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Eric, your father gave me a chance to prove I could helps companies improve the efficiency of their water usage and I turned that into a career. Your father was an idea man. He will be missed.

Posted by Joseph Lander - Reading - Coworker   January 27, 2021

Dear Deb
I was so sorry to learn of your loss...deepest sympathies

Posted by Katrina Hart - Hamilton, MA - Friend   January 21, 2021

I guess Hal's constant questioning has stopped now. A favourite memory; when he took me sailing and the boat sprang a leak around the mast. We quickly pulled in to the dock and he gave me 25 cents to run and buy 25 pieces of bazooka to chew up as fast as possible and then caulk the mast step with it.

Posted by Nicholas Lewin - Chester, nova scotia - Family   January 11, 2021

I spent many summers in Annisquam with the Auntie Debbie and Uncle Hal as a child and I will always remember special moments with Hal. He was larger than life- he had an amazing energy. I remember he would fly into the small house where we were staying with huge bluefish fresh off the boat- then fire up the outdoor rock grille for cookouts. He took us out in his boat for fun adventures- fishing for flounder- or go to Crane's Beach in a sailboat. Very often we were taken to seaside restaurants to have boisterous family dinners. As an adult I also saw him regularly I will never forget flying to Providence in his small plane- a very special experience. He was attentive, warm and approachable- a very thoughtful conversationalist. He loved to discuss the world, politics and the economy. He was a great man - and I will miss him very much.
Susan Lewin, Niece, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 11, 2021

Posted by Susan Lewin - Toronto - Family   January 11, 2021

My condolences, Deb, regarding the loss of your husband, Harold. May time will help heal your sorrow as you remember the many good years you both have spent together. Lois Haslam

Posted by Lois Haslam - Duxbury, VT - Acquaintance   January 11, 2021

Oh Harold you were a sweet, amazing, funny and very smart man you will be missed so much. Prayers for your family RIP Hal ❤

Posted by Tanya Drouin - Gloucester, MA - Family Friend   January 10, 2021

Eric Deepest sympathies on the passing of your father

Posted by Paul Mattera - Stoneham, MA   January 09, 2021

The nicest sweetest man I ever met an sat down with had great conversations with this man. He will be truley missed an never forgotten

Posted by Alonzo Bergmann - Gloucester, MA - Family Friend   January 09, 2021

My deepest condolences to your families left behind. A beautiful person you were, whom I am so pleased to have met. I remember you voice and smile. I am saddened of you leaving but believe that we will met again. Mrs Jacklin so much love to you always.

Posted by Amra James - Kennebunk, ME - Family Friend   January 08, 2021


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