Veteran celebrates his 100th birthday in a big way

LONDON, ONT —
Dozens and dozens of vehicles, motorcycles and even an LTC bus, were apart of a drive-by birthday celebration for 100-year-old Veteran Charles (Charlie) Jackson.

Jackson’s family, friends, and even a motorcycle crew of veterans, were blasting horns as they drove by the Parkwood Institute at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

“I didn’t even know I knew all these people…very grateful they all came together at the same time like woosh!” Charlie laughs.

People shouted, ‘happy birthday’ to the veteran who sat outside the institute with his wife, Jean. 

Charles Jackson and Jean Burgoin

Veteran Charles Jackson and his wife, Jean Burgoin sit outside Parkwood Institute and guests drive by to wish him a happy 100th birthday on Saturday, October 17, 2020 (Jordyn Read / CTV News)

 

Jackson served in 1940 when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in the electronics field, living most of his life on Dufferin Avenue in London with his wife Jean and four children.

“I’m just beaming today the way this has turned out, the weather cooperated, yesterday was rainy, but somebody up there is looking down on us saying you deserve a sunny day and we sure got one,” says Brian Jackson, the eldest son of Charlie and Jean.Charlie married Jean Burgoin in 1949 and is still by his side today. 

Charlie is proud father of four children, ten grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. 

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