ECA bench honors Edmonds native Jack Hackett

Family all attended former Edmonds High School
Jul 31, 2017
Courtesy of: ECA A bench dedication at Edmonds Center for the Arts honors Edmonds resident Jack Hackett, who died in 2015.

A close group of family and friends gathered Saturday, July 15, on the front lawn at Edmonds Center for the Arts for the dedication of a newly installed bench in honor and memory of Edmonds resident Jack Hackett.

Hackett was born in 1925 and died in 2015.

Jack Hackett’s son, John Hackett, spoke to the group at ECA, sharing memories and history of his father and family.

“One hundred years ago, my dad’s mother, Donna Bell, started high school in this building, graduating in 1920. At some point in those school years, she met my dad’s father, Merritt. The location of the meeting is lost to history, but I would like to think it may have taken place in this building.

“In 1925, just a few blocks from here, in a house that still stands today, my dad was born. Fifteen years later, like his mother, he would also attend high school in this building. For most of his life, my dad lived in or near Edmonds. For his last 25 years, he and Jeanne lived an easy walk from here.

“We have a long family connection to Edmonds. Hacketts and Bells were settling in the area in the late 1800s. Some of them may have even helped in the construction of this building. As such, I could not think of a better location for a memorial bench. It is a very beautiful setting.

“And the bench looks great. On behalf of the Hackett family, I would like to express our gratitude and thanks to ECA Executive Director Joe McIalwain and the members of the ECA board for offering us this location and overseeing the ordering and installation of the bench.

“The family also wants to thank Jeanne for proposing the idea and working with Joe and other members of ECA to make it happen. Thank you all coming and sharing this special moment with us.”

 

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