Obituary : Macio "Bunny" Jackson
Macio "Bunny" Jackson born March 24, 1932 at Harlem Hospital in New York, son of the late Nathaniel and Mamie Cambridge Jackson, and died on Jan. 27 in New York after a long illness. He was 75 years young.
An Oak Bluffs resident for more than 45 years, Macio was an avid gardener and fisherman. He became well versed fishing the waters of Martha's Vineyard especially the Gut on Chappaquiddick. When he couldn't find elbow room on the crowded N.Y. beaches 15 minutes away from his home on Long Island, he purchased 13 Norris Avenue in Oak Bluffs and loved the idea of using the entire "Chappy" shoreline as his private fishing hole.
Macio, lovingly called "Bunny" by his family and close friends, left a legacy of achievements that far exceed the average man. From his earliest years, he exhibited exceptional qualities: profound intellect, perseverance, empathy, patience, and positive thinking. These qualities were evident in his life-long passion for civil engineering and land surveying, a professional career that encompassed 53 joyful years.
Macio Jackson, P.E., L.S. FASCE was a registered professional civil engineer and a licensed land surveyor in more than ten states. He attended Public School 24, Cooper Junior High School, Harren High School, New York University, and the City University of New York. He was the founding partner of Ewell W. Finley, P.C., an African-American owned and operated professional structural, civil engineering and land surveying company in New York.
His professional affiliations included Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, member of the American Consulting Engineering Council, American Institute of Steel Construction, New York Association of Consulting Engineers, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors, National Society of Professional Engineers and Member of One Hundred Black Men of Long Island.
Macio is survived by his wife, Felicia Moseley Jackson and two stepchildren, Corrin and James; his daughters Pat and Karla and her husband, Michael; son Keith and his wife, Ann; brother Carl and his wife, Billie Jackson; grandchildren Nicole, Kyle, Kesley, Michaela and Keith Jr.; two nephews, Eric Jackson and Ako and his wife, Hanifah; and nieces Maisha, Malene, and Makia.
He leaves all of his friends and family with fond memories of his love of gardening, making model airplanes, solving puzzles, picking up stray dogs, fishing everywhere on Martha's Vineyard especially the "Pogue." Macio Jackson was a faithful and dependable friend, a super parent, loving husband, and a modern day pathfinder. He will be missed. A farewell gathering in celebration of his life will be held June 1 at 8 am on East Beach, Chappaquiddick, east of the gatehouse.