July 4, 1961-September 6. 2019
Steward of the Land. Sailor of the Seas.
Jackie Goodsir, born July 4, 1951 passed peacefully on September 6, 2019. Jackie, born in Passaic New Jersey to Margaret and Howard Goodsir was raised with four siblings. Jackie’s life always marched to the beat of a different drummer. After leaving the east coast in 1969, Jackie was one of the many youth that came west to California in search of a new self. Jackie first settled in San Diego joined a women’s collective, attained a black belt in Aikido and joined the U.S. Merchant Marines as a radio officer “Sparks.” It was the U.S.M.M. that brought Jackie to her beloved cool damp weather of Whatcom County. Jackie gladly accepted a “golden handshake” from ARCO Marine to begin the next stage of her life as a charter boat captain on her beloved vessel BoomTown. It was at this time that she met her husband Jesper Pfeil. At this time Jackie changed her life direction one more time and dove into spending her time “on the beach.” On September 28, 1996 Jackie, an avowed single person, married another avowed single person Jesper Pfeil. Jackie attained her watershed master certificate and began a 10-year stint on the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Advisory Board. We all can now eat oysters from Drayton Harbor year round thanks to the combined efforts of the shellfish board. Jackie, a ravenous gardener created unique and bountiful gardens at her small farm on the outskirts of Blaine. Jackie was a fighter and succumbed to cancer after a 25 year in-your-face battle with the disease.
Jackie was preceded in death by her father William Howard Goodsir and her mother-in-law Kirsten Pfeil. Jackie is survived by her husband, Jesper; father-in-law Harald; mother Margaret; siblings Bill, Peggy, Karen, and Maureen of New Jersey; and numerous nieces and nephews all loved completely and equally.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2 p.m., on the farm, 3850 Sweet Road, Blaine.
All donations should be made to Whatcom Hospice Foundation as a gift in memory of Jackie Goodsir. In lieu of flowers please plant a tree of your choice and name it Jackie’s tree.
We will forever miss your “Million Dollar Smile.”