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Dick Jackman, pharmacist to Maple Leaf for decades

August 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

A memorial service was held this morning for a man known to generations of Maple Leaf residents, William Richard “Dick” Jackman, who co-founded what is now the Maple Leaf Pharmacy.

“Everybody knew him. Old-timers tell us stories all the time about how he delivered to their houses,” said Geraldine Crews, head technician at the pharmacy, 8830 Roosevelt Way N.E.

From his obituary in The Seattle Times:

He began work at Craigen Pharmacy in Seattle then partnered with Dave Richardson to open North Roosevelt Pharmacy in the Maple Leaf area. He became sole owner in 1973 and continued to run North Roosevelt (now Maple Leaf Pharmacy) until 1990. He is remembered as an earnest health care provider, beloved by his customers and employees. He often would get up in the middle of the night to deliver needed medications in an emergency.

A slide show of photos from his life can be viewed at the Acacia Funeral Home website.

“He was probably one of the most dedicated and caring pharmacists I’ve ever met,” said Bill McNary, now the owner of the Maple Leaf Pharmacy.

Jackman died June 25. He was 85 years old.

“Dick was the most ethical man I’ve ever met,” said Marlene Fiorito, who spent 46 years working at the pharmacy, beginning in 1953 when she was 15. “We were open seven days a week, until 9 p.m. at first,” she remembers.

Fiorito can tell rollicking stories about her years there with Jackman – including at least one robbery. “We really did care for one another.”

She said she remained at the pharmacy through several owners because they asked her to. “I knew all the customers,” she said. “I ended up staying my whole career.”

From the obituary:

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Colleen, his children Robert (Janice), Richard (Sherrie), Ronald (Linda), Jeanelle Lund, William Jr. (Aimee), and grandchildren Will and Emma Lund, Gwyneth, James and Austin Jackman. Dick is also survived by brother, Don (Margrette), and sister, Gwen Buchan (Alan).

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