James Jackson Aikins
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James Jackson Aikins
  • March 29, 1933 - October 1, 2017
  • New Hampshire

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James Jackson "Jack" Aikins passed away peacefully on October 1st, 2017 at the age of 84. Jack will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends for his independent spirit and wonderful sense of humor.

Jack was born March 29, 1933 to Edith (McLaughlin) and Jackson Aikins in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his brother, Arthur Aikins, and his sister, Cynthia Whalen.

Jack graduated from Lynn Vocational High School in 1951 and joined the National Guard before marrying Patricia Darsney in 1957. They lived in Kingston, NH until 1971 when the family moved to Epsom, NH. Jack worked as the head mechanic for Edmunds' Trucking Co. from 1958 to 1983. He was an active member of both the Fort Mountain Trailwinder's Snowmobile Club, where he worked to maintain trails, and the local 4-H club, where he taught woodworking skills. Jack and Pat divorced in 1989, and he moved to Pembroke, NH. Jack worked for D.J. Salyer's Trucking Company, and then spent 13 years hauling heavy equipment for the R.C. Hazelton Trucking Company until his retirement in 1998.

In retirement, Jack renewed many interests. He joined a candlepin bowling league and enjoyed bowling competitively again. He bought a 1997 Harley Davidson Road King and joined the Concord HOG Chapter, where he served as Road Captain for several years. He also became a member of the Plausawa Valley Country Club in Pembroke, where he enjoyed golfing with friends regularly.

Jack is survived by his loving companion of 16 years, Lydia Henderson, as well as his three daughters, Dawn Kim (and husband Tae), Laura Hatfield (and husband Ben), and Melissa Potter (and husband Bob Jr.). Jack was a proud and loving grandfather to eight grandchildren: Katie Martin (and husband Mike), Carl Potter (and wife Julia), Samuel Potter, Eric Potter, Hadriane Hatfield, Myah Hatfield, Ethan Kim, and Justin Kim. He recently welcomed his first great grandchild, Abigail Martin.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2pm, Sunday, October 22nd at Gilmanton Corners Church in Gilmanton, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Concord HOG Chapter's Charity Fund. Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord. Online condolences can be expressed at www.bennettfuneral.com