Adam Holland Jackson (39), devoted family member, friend and beloved of Jesus Christ, died accidentally Saturday, August 25, 2018.
Everyone’s best man, Adam was humbly magnetic. His keen wit was out-paced only by his pursuit of connecting with and caring for all he encountered. Many can recall wise counsel from Adam that forever changed their lives. He generously shared hope and strength as he walked with others through both brokenness and blessings.
This unconditional love was especially present with his family. Adam was born on August 12, 1979, in Toledo, Ohio to Reginald and Joanne Jackson with whom he shared a deep and meaningful bond. Adam was united in marriage to the "best of wives and best of women" his beloved Grace (Stretar) on June 17, 2006. Their union was blessed with four remarkable children who he adored and affectionately nicknamed: “Soupy” Sophia (9), “Ro-po” Rosie (7), “Sandwich” Vincent (3), and “Boots/Bootsie” Margot (1).
Adam will be greatly missed by brothers Reg (Julie) and Michael (Natalie), parents-in law Frank and Betsy Stretar and their children Todd (Amber), Carrie (Jason), Jake (Kate), Frank (Erin), Brad (Courtney), Hannah (Matt), Sam (Catherine), and his beloved nephews and nieces: Evelyn, Gus, Abram, Luna, Olivia, Payton, Connor, Dominic, Gianna, Frankie, Nora, Brooke, Cameron, Josephine, Thomas, and Evelyn.
Adam graduated Maumee High School in 1998, earned a Bachelor of Science degree Cum laude with honors from The Ohio State University, and later achieved a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University. Adam valued hard work and was tireless in his professional pursuits. He was a skilled and determined entrepreneur, selfless leader, and intuitive consultant. He also was a passionate educator and cherished the opportunity to impact students in his role as an adjunct professor of business and leadership at Kent State and Tiffin Universities.
Always active in community impact and leadership development, he contributed time, leadership and fundraising efforts for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Childfund International and LeaderWithin. In college, Adam was particularly active in Young Life where he and Grace met and served as leaders at Westland High School in Columbus.
Adam was an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes. With great anticipation he looked forward to the annual Columbus trip for the Buckeyes game with his Dad and brothers. He also enjoyed the time he spent with his brothers-in-law and friends cheering on all Cleveland sports teams. Adam loved daddy-daughter dates, sharing his love of Star Wars with his kids, guy time with his son, giving horsey rides, and especially the precious time and spiritual bond he shared with Grace.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, August 29, 4:00-8:00 pm followed by closing service at Fortuna Funeral Home (7076 Brecksville Road, Independence, Ohio 44131).
Celebration of Adam’s Life will be held Thursday August 30, 11:00 AM at Cuyahoga Valley Church (5055 East Wallings Road, Broadview Heights, OH 44147). Please meet at church.
Donated funds will be used to support Grace, her children, and local charities of their choice.