Former Chapter President F. Matthew Jackson
F. Matthew Jackson, a former president and longtime board member of the TMA Upstate New York Chapter, died March 23. He was 49.
Jackson was a partner with the O’Connell and Aronowitz law firm in Albany. He leaves behind his wife of 23 years, Molly, and three children, Hannah, Devin, and Haley. Current TMA Upstate New York Chapter President John Bellardini, CTP, said Jackson had been “positive and upbeat” in an email to board members following recent cancer surgery. “Then we got the news that he had passed,” he said.
“Matt was passionate about his family, about his work, about his community, and about his life,” O’Connell and Aronowitz said in a posting on its website. “We mourn his untimely death but celebrate the way he lived his life.”
Bellardini said Jackson especially looked forward to the Northeast Conference in Saratoga, New York, each year and helping with the event. “He was gracious with his time. Anytime I called him and asked for some help, he was there,” Bellardini said. “Like most people in TMA, he was just a person of quality.”
According to his obituary in the Albany Times Union, Jackson was a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Syracuse University College of Law. He enjoyed playing lacrosse and was inducted into the University of Rochester Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. He coached youth lacrosse and served for six years on the board of the Colonie Youth Center, including a two-year term as board president.
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