James Chester Jackson, a former Buffalo police officer and board member of the Buffalo and Erie County Zoological Society, died Wednesday (Jan. 19, 2000) in Veterans Hospital. He was 65.
Jackson was born in Louisville, Ky., but spent most of his life in Buffalo, graduating from Canisius College with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1958, primarily in Germany. He then worked at the New York State Employment Office as a Buffalo police officer, and as an account executive at WBEN radio.
Jackson later worked as a program coordinator for equal opportunity program students at Canisius College, and as a program coordinator for the City of Buffalo. He retired in 1997.
"Chet," as his friends and family called him, was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, the NAACP, the Buffalo Urban League and Habitat for Humanity. He also served on the Zoo board.
He is survived by his wife, Eunice; a son, Kyle; a daughter, Pamela of Los Angeles; a brother, Donald Robinson; and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon today in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 500 Parker Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.