Jeffrey Brackett Potter
Passed on: December 15th, 2012
Jeffrey Brackett Potter died peacefully in Southampton Hospital, New York on December 15th, 2012, after a brief case of pneumonia, aged 94. He was the author of several books, the most recent a biography of the painter Jackson Pollock, To A Violent Grave, published in 1985. Although a New Yorker, he spent as much time as he could in Weymouth at the old farmhouse (1725) on Fort Point Road on the shore of the Sissiboo River. “The Farm’ had belonged to the parents of his first wife, Penny Sack, and was inherited by his children from that marriage. In recent years he and his wife Priscilla Bowden spent fifteen summers in Weymouth, which he would leave only reluctantly, sometimes waiting until after Christmas, loving the pastoral beauty of the seacoast and the many new friends he made there. He spoke of it as his “spiritual home.” He is survived by his wife Priscilla, four children (Job, Manon, Gayle and Horatio) and five grandchildren. He also had many distant “Loyalist” cousins in Nova Scotia.