Jack Picconi 1944 — 2019

Posted October 2, 2019 at 10:01 am by

Jack PIc­coni and Koa — Con­tributed photo

Jack Pic­coni, 75, passed away Sept. 1, 2019, at his home in Fri­day Har­bor, WA. after a year-long bat­tle with cancer.

Born Jan 7, 1944 to Jane Antle and Joseph Pic­coni in Seat­tle, WA. Jack spent his youth in Fre­mont, where he was the third gen­er­a­tion of his fam­i­ly to call the area home. His sum­mers were spent salmon fish­ing in Alaska.

In 1980 Jack and wife Stephanie pur­chased a new 37′ wood sloop and named it “By the Wind.” Jack loved sail­ing and in 1985 they sailed to Mex­i­co for 9 months with their five year old daugh­ter, Cember.

In Spring of 1989 they moved to Fri­day Har­bor to pur­chase and man­age Lakedale Camp­ground. The Pic­co­nis trans­formed the prop­er­ty into a year round resort between the years of 1996 and 2001 by build­ing the Lakedale Lodge, cab­ins, and main house. In 2005 the Pic­co­nis sold the Resort to enjoy a semi-retire­ment. They trav­eled up the inside pas­sage to Alas­ka on their boat (Vagabon­do del Mare) with their choco­late lab Koa. In spring 2010 Jack went to work as an Able Bod­ied Sea­man on the Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries until he retired in July 2017.

He loved the island, walks with his dog(s) (Toes, then Koa), the love of his life Stephanie, his chil­dren, and his 5 grandchildren.
Jack is sur­vived by his wife of 46 years, Stephanie, his 4 chil­dren, Brett Engstrom, Lisa Tay­lor (hus­band Michael), Krista Thore­son (hus­band Ron), Cem­ber Pic­coni Pinker­ton (hus­band Ryan), grand­chil­dren Colter, Skyler, Nolan, Cameron, and Vivian­na. At his request, no ser­vice will be held, but his wish to have his ash­es scat­tered in Haro Straight will be ful­filled by fam­i­ly and close friends.

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