Kenneth Jackson, 51, of Dayton passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Centra State Medical Center of Freehold, NJ. Kenneth was born in Tucson, Arizona. The family moved to Dayton in the early 80s from the Barnegat area.
Predeceased by his father Leo Jackson, he is survived by his mother Sherry Jackson, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Gregory and Michelle Jackson, Jeffrey and Lauren Jackson, nephew Zachary and nieces Hayley and Alessa. He will also be sorely missed by his long-time partner, La Baeta.
Kenneth graduated from South Brunswick High School and then attended Penn State University. However, it was at college he met like-minded friends and two brothers (Keith and Glenn K) from Philadelphia, learned guitar, formed a band named “Riverside” and eventually signed to Sire Records (Warner Music Group) making two albums in-between a lot of touring. Kenneth’s guitar work helped define the band’s overall sound which has been described as “shimmering”, “ethereal”, “pretty” and “lush”. Although no longer a professional musician, Kenneth continued to play guitar (and expand his 6-string collection).
At the time of his passing, Kenneth was employed by NRG Energy, Inc. in Princeton, NJ. Speaking of Princeton, NJ, Kenneth almost on a weekly basis stopped by his beloved Princeton Record Exchange to satiate his unrelenting thirst for music. He loved all types of music from most genres. His shelf of music would see such staples like the Beatles, the Stones and Elvis Presley alongside music from the likes of Oasis, The Sugar Hill Gang, John Coltrane and Everything But the Girl to name but a few. Music was his true passion. He had an encyclopedia knowledge of not only music history and artists but also album/singles formats, releases, re-issues and so on.
Kenneth’s love of spicy foods, impeccable haberdashery, art and live concerts always made for great conversation and good times amongst friends and family. He had a wonderful and generous heart and always made an indelible impression with those who got to know him. His friends and family will always love him and miss him dearly from the bottom of our collective hearts. Today, Tomorrow and Forever.
The family also wishes to extend thanks and gratitude to all the staff at Centra State Medical Center who cared for Kenneth with dedication during these difficult times.
A Memorial Service/Visitation will be held on Thursday April 15, 2021 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at The MJ Murphy Funeral Home 616 Ridge Road Monmouth Junction 08852. Friends are welcome. Masks are required.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Kenneth, La and their beautiful pug Sadie (RIP) would be most grateful! www.aspca.org