Byron Bay farewells 'Jacko'
Troy ‘Jacko’ Jackson got his wish.
He wanted a paddle-out and he got one – a big one.
An estimated 500 surfers formed a giant circle on the sand at Clarks Beach on Boxing Day and then later paddled out into the surf to honour Troy who lost his battle against pancreatic cancer last week.
His ashes, carried to the water’s edge by family members and friends, were scattered in the sea.
Troy moved to Byron Bay 22 years ago and worked in a variety of jobs including bricklaying, bar manager, surf school coaching and photography.
Renowned for his ‘split watermelon’ smile, his surfing mates described him as a ‘self-confessed rock star without an instrument’.
A fundraiser for him at Red Devil Park last month attracted a massive crowd and raised about $45,000 to help cover his medical costs.
Troy’s sister, Stacie Leofa, later said Troy had been ‘blown away’ by the support and love he had received from the town.
She said the ‘beautiful people of Byron Bay had risen and responded in such an unbelievable showing of love that he personally could never have imagined’.
After the paddle-out, a wake was held for Troy at Club Byron.
Friends said they were ‘blown away’ by the community support for Troy and his family.