Jackson French Eno of Tisbury and Simsbury, Conn., beloved husband of Carol Besse Eno, died on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at his home in Simsbury, surrounded by his family. He was 66.
Born in Hartford, son of Ralph F. and Marjorie (French) Eno, Jackson was a longtime resident and supporter of his beloved Simsbury. He received his B.S. in economics from the University of New Haven and M.D.P. from the Hartford Graduate Center, and began a lifelong career in finance. He held leadership positions with Connecticut National Bank, Bank of Boston, and had been the lead organizer, chairman and CEO of Simsbury Bank & Trust Co. He also served as an independent services consultant, and was vice president of Prudential Securities and Morgan Stanley. Most recently, he served as a vice president of Merrill Lynch, E&M Group.
Jackson’s financial acumen and advice helped many nonprofit groups and organizations become and remain financially strong. He spent a career using his gifts and talents helping others and raising money for charity, many times quietly. His love for Simsbury led him to an active civic life that included service as a Simsbury selectman, president of Simsbury Cemetery Association, founder and former director of Simsbury Land Trust as well as the Connecticut Land Trust Service Bureau, past chairman Simsbury Bicentennial Committee, past chairman of Simsbury House steering committee, past vice president Simsbury Historical Society, director of the Simsbury Main Street Partnership, and past trustee Horace Belden Fund. Jackson was also a prominent figure with several state and national civic organizations, which included past chairman and treasurer of Pinchot Institute for Conservation, past director of the Antiquarian & Landmark Society of Connecticut, and board member and delegate to the General Society of the Society of the Cincinnati. He was a longtime member of both Hopmeadow Country Club and Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.
Besides his beloved wife Carol, he leaves five sons and their wives: William Stevens (Heather) of Virginia, Christopher Stevens (Linda) of Illinois, Sean Eno (Kristin) of New York, Gregory Stevens (Tere) of Connecticut, and Jackson Eno Jr. (Lynsey) of Connecticut; three daughters and their husbands: Sonya Stevens, M.D. (Michael Watts) of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Eno (Michael Radvak) of New York, and Carolyn Eno (Jacob Hartman) of Vermont; his brother Ralph Eno Jr. (Penny) of Connecticut; and 15 grandchildren: Nicholas, Caelan, Ashtyn, and Charlotte Watts; Ryan and Gavin Stevens; Quinn and Andrew Stevens; Harrison and Ava Stevens; Marion and Willa Eno; Jackson Eno; Abigail Radvak; and Cayden Hartman.
At Jackson’s request, a private burial will be held at the Simsbury Cemetery, surrounded by his family. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service to celebrate his life on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 3 pm, at First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Conn. The Rev. Dianne E. Arakawa will officiate. Memorial donations may be made to Simsbury Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 396, Simsbury, CT 06070, or First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070. The Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center of Avon, Conn., is caring for the arrangements. For directions or condolences, please visit carmonfuneralhome.com.