BY KEITH JACKSON
Born in Lancashire, England, in 1913 into a working class family, he was the first of his line to win a scholarship to grammar school and gain a university education.
He fought in Burma in World War II as a member of Mountbatten’s forces and, in 1949, perceiving no real prospects for his family in a depressed post-war Britain, migrated to Australia with his wife Joan, my sister Susan and me. Joan, who he loved greatly, predeceased him in 1976 after a 15 year struggle with cancer.
In Australia, Stan taught economics and geography at Nowra High School for many years – teaching me in two of them to some reasonable effect – before finishing his career, to care for an ailing Joan, as deputy headmaster of Pittwater High School in Sydney.
In the intervening time he had authored a series of popular text books, Economics and the Economy (McGraw-Hill), which provided him with a steady income for many years.
After Joan’s death – pursuing a long interest in environmentalism and physical exercise – he rode a bicycle from Sydney to Manchester in England, visiting me in the Maldive Islands in 1978 as part of this epic journey.
Some years later, at the age of 75 in 1988, he led the 'International Friendship' bike ride from London to Sydney to mark the 1988 bicentenary of Australian settlement. Included was a period in hospital in India after he broke a number of ribs when he turned his bike the wrong way up a highway and was hit by a truck.
Following that there were other marathon rides: including one the length of the Rocky mountains from the Mexican to Canadian borders and, in his late eighties, another the length of Japan from north to south (during which he spent a night in a paddy field after being blown off his bike in a hurricane).
Despite having fought against the Japanese in World War II, Stan grew to love Japan and its people, learned Japanese, and had two books on the environment and human relationships published in that country, to which he was a frequent visitor.
He spent 20 years as a firm companion of Helen Murphy OAM, who shared his passions and who was herself a great contributor to society. Helen died four years ago.
Stan lived a long and productive life and established a new base for the Jackson family in Australia – having been followed to that country by many British relatives following his own emigration.
He visited Papua New Guinea on a number of occasions.
Stan is survived by children Keith, Susan and Peter; grandchildren Simon, Sally, Ben, Roger, Nicholas and James; and great-grandchildren Cooper, Madison and Sydney Keith. Joan and Helen predeceased him.