Jacqueline Nazzaro Deam

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Jacqueline (Nazzaro) Deam was born May 10, 1926 in Boston to Vincent and Rose Nazzaro. She attended City of Boston schools graduating Roxbury Memorial High School for Girls in 1944.

From the age of 7 she was a girl scout and later, when the troop leader became ill she became leader of Troop II, Roxbury. During one of the troop hikes to Girl Scout Camp she met Dale Deam, a Sergeant in the Army installation located adjacent to the Scout Camp. The two dated for two years as “very good friends” and Dale was transferred from Boston back to Camp Stewart Georgia. Absence really did “make the heart grow fonder” and both were forced to acknowledge love had taken over the friendship. Dale sent Jackie's engagement ring by mail and they became engaged. When Dale returned from overseas they were married July 15, 1945. Dale was discharged November 4, 1945.

They moved from Boston to Pembroke where they lived for 35 years. During that time both worked and pursued their education. Dale graduated Fitchburg University while Jackie graduated Bridgewater University with BS in Education and Master Degree in School Administration. She graduated Boston University with a Masters Degree in Economics and CAGS in School Administration. While at B.U. and a member of the New England Economic Education Council she was offered a teaching fellowship for teaching teachers how Economics could be taught to Elementary students. She declined because it would mean having to leave her students. That she would not do.

Through all their years in Pembroke Dale and Jackie worked with kids, first in Scouting where she was awarded the Thanks Badge in later years and together they established the Sundowners when Scouting rules overtook the purpose of the original Lone Troop which they had established.
They built Camp Tohopa for the Sundowners who were now free to continue their travels across country every summer, but disallowed by Scoutings' rules. Indeed, the Lone Troop had been deemed “Too Successful” and could not continue under scouting regulations. After 26 years in Scouting, Jackie resigned. Parents had voted to leave Scouting “for whatever organization the Deams should lead.”

This obituary, you will note, is written with BOTH Dale and Jackie in every endeavor. That is because every success in their 67 years of marriage was always a joint effort. As Jackie said at their 65th anniversary celebration, “every success in my life was possible only because of Dale. He is and always has been the wind beneath my wings.”

Together they worked their entire lives helping kids. Dale taught at Silver Lake Regional High School, Jackie in the Pembroke Elementary Schools, both retiring in 1983. In 1989 they moved to Wyoming, always saying it was the best decision they ever made. Through the years they had built/remodeled 23 houses, Wyoming brought the total to 25. Dale had a lifelong love of woodworking and as always Jackie worked with him on his many projects. One of his furniture “brands” read “Handcrafted by Dale and Jackie Deam”.

Jackie was a prolific writer. She kept a daily journal her entire life, no detail too small to be noted. She wrote the book Reflections of the Sergeant's Scout from The Battlefield based upon journals and her huge collection of carefully saved letters between her and Dale during the four years of World War II. She wrote articles for several magazines. As the author of eight plays specifically written as teaching tools for children to perform, she refused a University's request to publish them. Her reasoning was simple, once published future children would be required to pay a royalty for use because of copyright restrictions.

With the onset of the Korean War the town of Pembroke was suddenly involved with Civil Defense preparations. The belief was that bombs would be dropped on Boston and the entire population evacuated to “safe” areas. Pembroke would be one of those places. A house to house census was taken as well as business establishments and “evacuees” could be temporarily placed with families and any business willing to provide temporary shelter. The government then announced licensed commercial radio operators should be located in each municipality, then generators would be made available to those towns and cities who could meet the operator requirements. Jackie underwent training to become a licensed operator and had no difficulty mastering the Morse Code requirement. The electrical/practical knowledge was a different matter. Knowing that this portion of the test would be very difficult, she solved the problem by memorizing every schematic drawing in the huge testing manual. Of course she had no knowledge of what the drawings meant, but knew Dale could help her with that part. She passed the test and became a commercial radio operator with License W1 UKB. The town now had its generator and transmitting set up at the Deam home. Her “call” letters immediately were translated from U K B to Unidentified Kissable Babe, a description she was to keep forever.

She loved music, served as soprano soloist in Our Lady of the Lake Church for 25 years. That love permeated her teaching both in school and with the Sundowners. She was a born historian and every Sundowner itinerary included visits to historic sites across America. The group was chosen to represent children in America and were present in Washington when the remains of two unknowns were returned after the Korean War and interred in the Tomb of the Unknowns.

After their move to Wyoming Dale and Jackie entertained youth groups from Massachusetts. These group leaders had been trained to carry on the Sundowner tradition. The campers set up camp on the lawn at Stillmeadow Ranch and enjoyed all the activities arranged by neighbors and friends. It was always said that the very best of their travels was spent here in Sheridan. When Dale and Jackie celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary 54 kids and 12 adults made the trip out and performed a skit about how the two had met in the beginning. Their performance brought down the house!

Theirs was a life totally dedicated to caring about and for kids. Many of those students became highly successful in their work, but did not lose touch with them despite all the ensuing years. They wrote to ask advice, for reassurance that they had made the right choice, and always, always to thank them for the role they had played in their lives. They still write today, probably the greatest tribute of all.

A Gathering of family and friends to honor Jackie's life will be held Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at 4:00 P.M. at 209 Pompey Creek Road, Banner, WY.

Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.