The late Howard Jackson was a sports icon in Nova Scotia. He was born in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia on January 2, 1945. He graduated from Dalhousie University with a BA in Physical Education. He taught at several schools in the area including Graham Creighton, Cole Harbour and Auburn Drive High School before retiring in 2004.
He excelled in Track & Field, soccer and played basketball at the college level. As an athlete he owned a long-standing Provincial triple jump record. He coached and officiated Volleyball for nearly 40 years. He was a Track & Field official at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. In 1983 he became one of two from his province to hold international referee certification. That same year he was named Dalhousie University’s Women’s Volleyball Assistant Coach. He also coached the Dartmouth Combines, Mt. St. Vincent University Volleyball and as well he was the 1979 Women’s Volleyball coach at the Canada Games. He officiated at the World University Games, Pan Am Games and the Pacific Rim Games. He was the Nova Scotia College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year three times. As a member/chair of Volleyball Canada’s National Referee Committee he was a supervisor and evaluator, becoming instrumental in the development of Canadian referees.
He was inducted into the Bridgetown Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and on November 3, 2012 he was inducted posthumously into the Nova Scotia Hall of Fame.
He passed November 10, 2011 after a brief illness leaving his partner of many years Eleanor Carter his brothers, Bill (Beverly), Truro; Lester, Inglewood; Chris (Eleanor), St. John’s NFLD; Gary, Bass River; Dean (Jacquie), Hammonds Plains; Tim, Inglewood; sister, Kathryn (Orphyr) Theriault, Kingston; many cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends, colleagues and former students. His sisters, Audrey Fisher and Suzanne Hill and his brother, Stuart, predeceased him.