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In memory of Jackson Peacock

In the very first hour of September 20th, 2023, Jackson Charles Peacock died of head injuries as the result of an accidental fall.

Jackson’s death at the age of just 21 was a shocking and premature end to a beautiful life and, as a result, the lives of his immediate family and wide circle of friends have been changed forever. For all of us, a life without our vivid, brilliant, funny, charming, handsome Jackson at the very heart of it was simply unimaginable.

In the summer of 2023 Jackson (known as ‘Jacko’ to his friends) graduated from the University of Cardiff with an Honours degree in Physics. Shortly afterwards, on July 28th , he turned 21 in Barcelona surrounded by many of his closest friends, describing it as ‘the best week of my life.’

As a member of the cohort who had been denied A Levels in 2020, due to Covid, Jackson planned to take a Gap Year in 2024 while preparing to move into a career in AI and Tech. Devoted to martial arts since he was five, after nine years of training Jackson had achieved his First Dan black belt in Wadu-Ryu karate at the age of 14 and trained regularly with his University Kickboxing squad.

Having modelled and acted regularly as a child (he played a cub scout in the very first ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special), Jackson had just landed his first job for years two days before his death; a commercial that was going to pay for a trip to Thailand, in 2024, to attend a month-long Muay-Thai bootcamp.

A huge Harry Potter fan as a child, post-degree Jackson had returned to reading for pleasure, recently enjoying modern classics such as 1984, Brave New World and the science fiction of Isaac Asimov. Jackson loved chess — and played regularly online — and was a lifelong, devoted Spurs fan. Under the team’s new manager, Big Ange, he was particularly looking forward to the ‘23/’24 season.

We are a family steeped in music and Jackson’s tastes were broad, however, his great loves were rap, R&B and jazz. In August 2023, Jackson worked on a food stall at Reading Festival, leaving late on Sunday night in order to get to the Notting Hill Carnival for Bank Holiday Monday. He was never happier than when surrounded by live music and his friends.

Jackson’s funeral, on Oct 14th, was bittersweet, sun-kissed and beautiful — just like Jackson.

Aside from his countless friends, Jackson leaves behind a mother, father, stepfather, stepmother, a grandmother, several uncles, aunts and cousins, three step-siblings and his younger brother, Rider. Collectively, our hearts are broken. We love and miss Jackson every moment of every day—knowing that the huge hole he has left in all our lives can never be filled by anything other than our memories.

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