Rest in peace, Vincent Jackson

L-R, Pastor G. Gregg Murray, Ramon Hernandez, Deborah Figgs-Sanders, Mayor Rick Kriseman, Mario Farias, Vincent Jackson and Pastor Basha Jordan, Jr. at the city council meeting in Nov. 2017.

Dear Editor:

Our hearts are broken as all of the Callaloo Partners grieve along with our late partner Vincent Jackson’s family, friends and all of his loved ones. The whole community is mourning his loss, from Buccaneers fans to the many lives touched through the Jackson In Action Foundation.

His legacy is a bright, shining example for all, and we are so blessed to have called him our friend and business partner. He seemed larger than life; it’s so difficult to accept that a star that bright is gone. We wish peace and comfort to his wife, children and parents through such a devastating loss.

Sometimes there are no words. Mario Farias, G. Tina Fischer, Leigh Kellet Fletcher and myself lost a business partner and a friend on Monday morning. The world lost a funny, smart, kind man with a heart for his community. Vincent touched so many people. We are praying for him, his family and friends who grieve his passing.

With great sadness, we endure the passing of our friend and business partner and former three-time Pro-Bowler wide receiver of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Vincent is one of our partners at our new restaurant and venue, St. Petersburg’s Historic Manhattan Casino.

Vincent was a young, vibrant man who left us too soon. This brother was special on and off the field. His love and care for the community is unmatched. Let’s keep his wife Lindsay and the kids and all the family and friends in our prayers.

The Callaloo Operations Group won’t be the same without our teammate and partner. He was our captain. The Group will go forward with renewed vigor in opening the Manhattan venue and continuing his vision of responsible business and community service.

That’s what Vincent always wanted to see. He wanted us to win big with sustained success. And we will do it all in his honor as he watches from the stands. Rest in peace, Vincent.

Thank you Vincent…from the Callaloo Operations Group

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