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January 19, 2018
Jan. 20,2018, Happy Birthday in Heaven Derek, I really liked what I wrote last year and truly hope that's what is going on up there . I think of you often and I feel you watching over me in my home. Keep rockin and learning and discovering new things... love you and miss you !
January 11, 2018
Thinking of you and your parents on this day. God Bless,
September 29, 2017
Derek tomorrow will be 11 years you were taken from all of us, it was way too early....on this Yom Kippur I am thinking of you and life as it is and believing in the end we will all be together again!
As Grandpop Norman would say "onward and upward "
Still watch over us as there isn't a day we don't miss you! We still look for your signs❤
January 19, 2017
Hi Derek, wishing you another birthday in heaven 1/20/17....I am hoping and believing you are celebrating with family members and friends and all the coolest rock stars and jammin with them or any of the greatest people you could meet up there. Til we meet again! Love ya!
September 29, 2016
Hi Derek, ten years on the 30th it's unreal and it never gets easier for your Mom or Dad or any of us. You are so missed. I know wherever you may be you are doing great things! Thanks for watching over us❤
January 20, 2016
I just watched a documentary that mentioned your family as being the first to receive micro chips. I went online to find out "where are they now" and saw this.

Sounds like Derek was a remarkable person. I am sad to know that he is no longer with us.

JP - SoFLa
January 19, 2016
Tomorrow is your birthday....another birthday in heaven. We all miss you so much. Love Aunt Jill
September 30, 2015
Hi Derek! I can't believe it's 9 years today! Thank you for all the signs you have shown your Mom and always show Nicole Phil and I. Miss you xoxo
July 09, 2015
It's been too long since I've visited here. Thinking of you always and praying for you Mr. & Mrs. Jacobs.
Contact me anytime.
[email protected]
January 19, 2015
Hi Derek another birthday another year. Happy Birthday on 1/20 we love and miss you but always thinking of you or looking at pics of you or talked about in memories. I know you are watching over all of us ????
September 29, 2014
Hi Derek my Angel watching over me and our family! 8 years already on 9-30-14. Everyday you are thought about and not forgotten! We miss you and will never stop loving you <3 Love you, Aunt Jill xoxo
January 19, 2014
The moment that you died my heart split in two, one side full of memories the other side died with you. I often lay awake at night, when the world is fast asleep and take a walk down memory lane with tears upon my cheeks. Remembering is easy I do it everyday. But missing you is a heartache that never goes away so I hold you tightly in my heart and there you will always remain. Life has gone on without you but will never be the same. Happy Birthday Derek! 01-20-14
September 29, 2013
Hi Derek, yes I am writing to you as it now will be 7 years already! I just can't believe it, they say time goes fast the older you get and I really believe it! I talk to your Mom and Dad all the time and they miss you terribly but are hanging in there! Love you and until we meet again! Please watch over all of us as you have been xoxo
February 17, 2013
When looking for your Mom to invite her to our 40th Class Reunion...I found this and your "chip" story. I was very impressed by the innovative move and saddened by the loss your Mom & Dad have endured. You look JUST LIKE MOM (never met Dad). Godspeed the healing of all those who love you and may you enjoy the splendor of heaven. Only the good...
January 19, 2013
Derek,another birthday in heaven 1-20-13 and I am hoping wherever you may be you know we think of you and miss you still so much. Please keep watching over us! xo Always in our hearts " and please keep a watch on our Buster and keep on showing us signs! We look for them.... lol
September 29, 2012
Derek,it will be 6 years! I still can't believe it! Time goes by so fast. I know wherever you are you are watching over all of us and we will all be together again some day. You are the missing puzzle piece of our family until we meet again! Love, Aunt Jill xoxo
January 20, 2012
Derek,another birthday in heaven and I am hoping wherever you may be you know we think of you and miss you still so much. Please keep watching over us! xo
Always in my heart <3 xoxo Aunt Jill
December 01, 2011
May the force be with ya.
September 30, 2011
September 30, 2011
I just wanted to let you know we were missing you and your Mom & Dad at Uncle Marc's last night for Yom Kippur but we spoke about you and talked about some fun times! <3 Aunt Jill xo
September 30, 2011
Derek there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you, today is a hard day for everyone, it is unbelievable that you have passed on this day Sept. 30th, 2006 and it is Sept. 30, 2011 - 5 years... Please know you are never forgotten! Love, Aunt Jill
September 13, 2011
Thoughts of you wondered through my mind today, wishing your parents peace.
Take Care Jacobs Family
Derek is not forgotten but is embraced.
April 25, 2011
There is comfort in friendship,
hope in prayer,
peace in love.

Sharing in your sorrow
with love and friendship.
January 20, 2011
Derek, another year I am wishing you a Happy Birthday in Heaven. I know what ever you are doing now is something just as amazing as you are. You are missed. Love you, Aunt Jill xoxo
January 16, 2011
November 22, 2010
The Holidays are always the hardest when you have lost a loved one. Thinking of your this holiday season and sending my love and prayers
October 13, 2010
Thinking of you today. Sending my love and prayers.
September 30, 2010
August 31, 2010
Thinking of you today and always.
July 18, 2010
May Derek's light continue to shine in the hearts of all whose lives he touched.
July 18, 2010
May God give you peace.
July 16, 2010
May the prayers of others help in some small way to bring you strength, comfort and courage each day. Because we know that God can express and provide to you and your family everything that is needed to care and sustain your hearts.(Isaiah 41:10-13)
June 24, 2010
I just saw your family featured in the episode Ripley's Believe It or Not! that aired in 2002. Very cool story.
January 20, 2010
Happy 22nd birthday in Heaven Derek. You are missed so much! Another day has gone by, but you are never forgotten. We have memories, pictures and wonderful stories of you and how proud we all are and I am sure wherever you are now you are just as amazing!

Love, Aunt Jill
January 19, 2010
For Mr. & Mrs. Jacobs on this day, Dereks Birthday.

I just thought of you, as I often do,
And found myself smiling again.
Such a sweet little boy, our pride and joy,
I remember how you were back then.

Running, jumping, tumbling about,
Claiming the world as your own.
Undaunted by anything under the sun ...
Keeping track of each inch you had grown.

Always exploring, trying new things.
Inventing ways to fill up your day.
Pushing the limit ..but not crossing the line ...
Such an boy in your own charming way.

Unending questions ... you wanted to learn
Everything there was to know.
Curious about how stars got up in the sky,
How music reached the radio.

I cherish the moments when for no reason at all
You would stop what you were doing and run ...
Straight up to me with a hug and a kiss,
Saying : "That's 'cause I love you".

My heart is just bursting with pride!
You don't even realize how special you are ...
But the world sees the goodness inside.

Sometimes I wondered why I was born..
What good was I sent to do?

I now know the reason I was meant to be here
Is because the world needed you.

~My Friends~
No matter what you do in your daily life. I know you always remember how truly special your little boy was, not only to you but to so many other people.
Peace be with you Always!
December 17, 2009
I remember seeing derek on ripley's believe it or not. what a genius!! im deeply sorry for what happened. he's helping jesus with his computer problems.
March 16, 2009
Just dropping by to say hi and to let you know you crossed my mind today and I send my prayers.
February 20, 2009
I have no words to express to you how badly we feel about the loss of Derek. But it was great to talk to Jeff this week! Karen & Wayne
January 13, 2009
Rest in peace. We all still miss you.
October 25, 2008
****Remember Me****

Remember me when you're lonely
Remember me during your high & lows
Remember me as you laugh & joke with friends
The experiences we shared will never end
I hope I touched you in my own way,
But if I didn't you'll think of me & I will one day
Remember me when you look up a the sky
Knowing that my spirit flew so high
Beyond the gates of this world
Into a better world
Whether a friend, or a family member, I'll remember you
Just as long as you promise to remember me too
Don't cry because you are sad,
cry to celebrate my life.

*****In Memory of You*****

We want to always remember
The beautiful life you lived
And keep alive the memories we have
Through remembering what you did

For you’re so special to all of us
A wonderful person indeed
Your love, laughter and warm smile
Reflected a heart that believed

Just in the everyday things we do
We remember your faith and love
In the words you spoke to help us through
Is a continued reminder for us

Although we miss you so very much
We know we’ll see you once more
For this is the hope we have in God
Being re-united in the Lord

And as we gather we’ll continue to share
Special times we went through
For these are memories that warm our hearts
As we honor the memory of you

God Bless you Mr & Mrs Jacobs
Forever in my heart and Prayers
October 07, 2008
Our Dear Dear Grandson,

Today is your yarzheit (memorial day). It is 2 years since you were taken from us in such a devastating way. Every day, we think of you and of how much you enhanced our lives. It's only natural that we often think of what your life would be like now. We know that whatever you did would have been outstanding.
Thank you for being such a driving and positive force for your cousins, You were the most amazing child and young man and because of you. and the strong legacy you've left, all of your cousins strive to meet their goals, as you did yours.

We love you and miss you so very, very much, honey.

Mama and Papa
September 27, 2008
I learned about the jacobs family at school and I want to say to Leslie and Jeffrey that I'm sorry on your lost.
August 24, 2008
August 20, 2008
Hey Derek,
It's cousin Michael. I miss you. So does everybody else in the family. Why did you have to go? God bless you forever and ever.
August 20, 2008
Through Destiny or coincidence our paths have crossed and I am forever bonded to you and your family. I think of you often and wish I could be a person you feel you can always count on to be a beacon in the night. Leslie and Jeff, I look up to you beyond any words can express, you are truly strong and focused people, you have suffered the worst pain a parent could feel, however you have turned your grief into memorializing your sons accomplishments. I hope one day to have the opportunity to meet you and embrace you with comfort.
My prayers are always with you.
God Bless
July 09, 2008
Derek you will be love and remembered forever! My deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends for this tragic loss. You were without a doubt a member of my family I love and miss you very much .
May 21, 2008
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
hi this is Reshma, an agent from mcAfee .Derek i only know you through your father, his love for you just makes my heart sink i wish i had the opportunity to meet you.but i guess every thing in this world happens for a reason your not only remembered in US but in INDIA as well .
difficult times never last long sir your son has done wonders and will remain doing so even in his absence
youll always be part of my prayers DEREK (india)
April 30, 2008
Cuz', I was thinking about our phone conversation last weekend and started thinking about Derek.

Your mom said it best when she wrote..." if love could have saved you, you would still be here".

Just remember that you and Leslie are loved as well and we need you.
April 22, 2008
Just me again ! Stopping in and wishing you the best. I hope all is well. The site looks awesome ! Derek is Proud !
Take Care
March 25, 2008
I just learned about the Jacobs family while researching the Verichip for an essay. It sounds like he was a true prodigy. Jeff and Leslie Jacobs, I'm so sorry for your loss, he was probably a great kid.
March 12, 2008
Just saw the Ripleys program and made a search about him... what a shame this things happens... only hope he rest in peace...
March 05, 2008
In Gods Arms. For Derek

Sean Michael Borzage
February 21, 2008
Those that dream, become. Those that inspire, remain alive, burning in the hearts of the inspired.
January 23, 2008
Thinking of you today, Jeff & Leslie congratulations on getting the website up and running. It is truly inspiring.
Take Care
January 20, 2008
My Darling Grandson,

We visited you today on what would have been your 20th birthday.

All of your friends called to say hello to you on your day. Your Mom put up birthday stickers and Papa, Dad, Mom and I left our notes for you

. Aunt Nancy, Uncle Steve, Matt, Eric and Michael visited you yesterday to say hello. We read the notes that Aunt Sheree, Uncle Stu, Jeremy and Daniel left for you when they visited Florida.

We all miss you so much!!

Honey, if love could have saved you, you would still be here....

Your Very Sad Mama
January 20, 2008
Happy Birthday Lil D,

You are always with us especially on this day. Our thoughts are with you Jeff and Leslie.

-Michelle and Anthony
December 27, 2007
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
November 22, 2007
Rest in peace Derek Jacobs from you friends at Comcast Cable.

October 27, 2007
i miss you so much Derek.. i think of you all the time... you know i will ALWAYS miss you, on a scale from 1-10, a 64... i love you with all my heart!
October 23, 2007
Just thought I would stop by and send my best to the family and friends of this incredible young man. It has been a year now since I was made aware of you and your parents. I think of all of you often and hope you are doing well and staying strong.

I have you in my prayers
October 01, 2007
Our Cherished Grandson,

After seeing videos of you yesterday, after your memorial service, and hearing you speak,it reminded us painfully of what we have lost.

Everyone misses you so very, very much, and still cannot come to grips with the reality of your passing. How is it possible?

You touched so many lives in such a positive way. Your presence on this earth made such a difference to so many. Losing you has been totally devastating to all who knew and loved you.

Honey, we love you with all our hearts. You are in our hearts every waking moment.
September 30, 2007
one year later...and ur still on my mind. ive been crying my eyes out for u 2nite. I miss u so much but i know ur watchin over us, yes even me. i love u way too much, ill never 4get u.
September 17, 2007

Thank you for the inspiration you gave all those around you even for the short time you were here with us.

It's hard to forget someone with as much ambition as you had, but most of all you had the biggest heart and i miss that the most.

Always your biggest fan

September 10, 2007
~Thinking of you today~
June 13, 2007
I first saw Derek on Ripley's believe it or not for the verichip. I am a computer programmer and beta test for many companies, and I just wanted to say that you are my idol because I have always wanted to become a certified microsoft engineer! When I searched for Derek on google, it said that he had died, and my heart was broken (I had no idea). I still feel so sad even though I don't know any of you, although I wish I did. I also have hopes for Derek's family, stay strong. Once again, I wish I was as good as Derek was.
June 12, 2007
Today you crossed my mind. Thinking and wishing you the best.
Jeff & Leslie I pray for you today and everyday. I believe Derek is proud of you and embracing you everyday.
May 27, 2007
Jeffrey and Leslie,

I wanted to express my condolences for the loss of your beloved son. Although I did not know Derek directly, I feel that I owe it to him to to keep him and his vision alive in my memory. I heard about him for the first time when he made headlines as a member of the first family to receive identification chip implants, and was impressed by his enthusiasm for what is to come. The world needs more people like Derek; people with vision and a willingness to commit themselves to making the world a better place. Take this message and its source as an example of the far reaching effects he had on the world, and will continue to have, as long as we are here to keep his memory alive.
May 17, 2007
Derek, you are gone, but never forgotten.
Sometimes, I look around and believe the world is rotten.
How could you go in such a tragedy?
A man of the world, and a friend to me.
Brothers in Arms, though we did survive
To honor your memory we will always strive.
Unfair, unjust, and unwanted events.
But that's the way of life, no one can prevent.
Remembering the times that we shared together.
Leaves a hole in our hearts that we carry forever.
You were always real, and true to your word.
From you, hypocritical words no one ever heard.
The world has lost such a beautiful soul.
We keep praying for you.

It's not that I'm ungrateful... G-d shared you with the world for as long as He was willing to let you go. I guess it's selfish on us that we didn't want to let Him take you back. You are truly missed, and always will be. My heart breaks every time I think about the lost opportunities the world suffered when you passed on to heaven, but I rejoice because I know you are reunited with the Creator. We remember you always, as we honor your life and spirit. Much love, my brother.
May 09, 2007
I am overwhelmed by the senseless tragedies that have occured along that stretch of road. It is a shame we will never know all that Derek could have accomplished personally and professionally, and all the lives he could have touched had he reached his goals. But I am sure the "You Are The Future Foundation" will affect many young lives and do wonderful work in Derek's honor.
Our sincerest sympathies,
The Idell Family
Aimee, Mike, & Jessica
May 09, 2007
Thinking of You....My Prayers always...
April 20, 2007
Dear Jeff and Leslie,
What you have created in your son's name is truly amazing and Derek would have not expected anything less. You taught him well and in turn, you learn from him.
Your friend always,
Teresa Tomasso.
April 06, 2007
You are an inspiration, and are still extremely missed.
March 17, 2007
I must say I am proud of your parents for carring on in your name. Your foundation is going to be a great success,as you were.

I wish I would have had a chance to meet you, it seems by everyone's thoughts,prayers and memories you were a Great Young Man!!

I'm sure even now you are doing great things with your wonderful spirit.

It seems you have inspired many people while you were alive and even now in death, but needless to say you still live on, your life, your accomplishments and through all those who knew you, and some like me who learned about you and your story after the fact.

I am inspired by your parents, for their strong will and love for you, and by you to show my kids, that no matter how old you are or what you want to do, YOU CAN!.

Love never dies, not when encouraged by Faith and supported by all.

I have you and everyone in my prayers.

~*Blessings to All *~
February 22, 2007
Some say aquaintances..some say neighbors i say family friends. I had and still have more respect for you than you will ever know. Everyday hearing about all your accomplishments and goals inspired me, you inspired me. I miss you so much and wish i could have been given a chance to get to know you better. Blessings to your family and only good things!
February 05, 2007
Hey Derek,

Although it is a few weeks after your birthday. Happy Belated Birthday! On that day, Chris and I were reminiscing over our past. How we met and all of the memories we've had with you. Laughs, cries, concerns, everything. We truly miss you. I never got a chance to thank you for introducing me to such a wonderful person like Chris. Thank you once again. We hope to see you again someday and be able to go have sushi & bowling like we used to do. :)
January 22, 2007
Darling Derek,

Your mother, father, papa and I honored your life on Saturday, January 20th, your 19th birthday. We know you were there with us. We had a "21" Duck Salute at the site of your accident, where we hung your Happy Birthday ribbon.

Sweetie, we miss you so much and we are all trying to get through each day as best we can. We will always love you with all our hearts!!

January 22, 2007
Derek....Happy Belated Birthday....we miss you down here...I had you in one of my dreams last week...I know you are protecting all of us and keeping an eye on us....xoxo
January 21, 2007
Yesterday was your 19th Birthday Derek and we celebrated it as if you were sitting right next to us, just like last year. I miss you so much Big! I love you!
January 18, 2007
While I did not personally know Derek, I appreciate and admire the efforts that you are making to inspire other young people. I am a senior in high school and I hope to make a difference in the world through teaching. Thanks so much.
January 05, 2007
There is not a day that goes by where I dont think about you. I miss you terribly, but I know you're watching over us. Its already been 3 months and I still get teary eyed just thinking about all the good times we shared.
Much love and condolences
December 21, 2006
Mr. & Mrs. Jacobs
Through Love, Faith, Life and Death your son still continues to bring people together.You in Florida and I in California.
I was not of friend or family to you or your son, but I am a mother and spiritual believe, and now a friend.
You may not know how much you have touched my heart and spirit. I send my prayers and hopes to you.
Thank You for calling me that day, you made my heart smile.
December 18, 2006
What a profound loss for this loving family and most certainly, this country. Derek would have certainly touched many more lives in his future. His clearly gifted mind and heart will be a loss. My prayers to his family for their peace and God's grace.
December 17, 2006
This will be our first Chanukah without you. We miss you so very much and think of you all the time. How we wish we could press the rewind button to bring you back. Love you with all our hearts.

Mama and Papa
December 16, 2006
I miss you D.
November 11, 2006

Although we did not know you from a personal perspective, it was your life's legacy which inspired us to leave an imprint in your guest book.

From reading your bio, it appears that you accomplished much within your lifetime, and you did this at an accelerated and commendable rate.

May your contributions to the world of technology live on, and may peace cover your family and friends like a warm fur coat on a cold winter's day.
November 10, 2006
I read with sadness of the passing of this promising soul in the EE Times today. I, too, have a son, for whom I harbor strong hope. My condolences.
November 10, 2006
We shared a love for music at a young age. You are so unique, i know i met you for a reason.
John Burkavage NBPS Jazz Band
much love to the Jacobs family. You are all great people.
November 09, 2006
Derek, you were an amazing person to know, and even though I only knew you for a few short years, you made every moment together memorable. Watch down on us, sleep with the angels.
Diana Callejas
November 09, 2006
My deepest sympathy and condolence goes out to you both during this difficult time. I was shocked when I heard about Derek a few moments ago. There is not a week that goes by without me telling someone about his brilliance and the times I knew him at BCC. Occasionally we still call each other to say hi or mention something interesting. He was a true friend and his memory will live on not just in your hearts but also in mine.
November 07, 2006
My deepest sympathy is with you today and the difficult days ahead. Please take comfort in knowing that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I did not know your son; nor do I know you but my heart was touched just knowing that in this world of trouble there are still precious gems out there. The world has lost someone incredible when Derek was taken to be with the angels.
November 07, 2006
My prayers go out to you and your family in this time of need. May you find comfort and strength in knowing that there are others praying for you. May God continue to bless you all.
November 03, 2006
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
November 02, 2006
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy is extended to you and your whole family. Derek's loss is such a tragedy.
The Newton family,
October 30, 2006
My sincere condolences at the loss of your dear one.

Your son managed to pack more living in his short time than most do in a lifetime. That does not ease the ache that attends his absence, but once can only hope that if there is an afterlife, he is there with his own laboratory, filled with massively parallel processors, endless terabytes of storage, and all the bandwidth he can consume.
October 29, 2006
I'm so sorry too hear that your son was killed at such a young age. His memory will live on in everyone that new him. Remember when your feeling down and sad all of the good things that yall shared and it will put a smile on your face. If only for a little while. God is always with you and Derek will be in your heart forever. My Deepest Sympathy Too Your Family.
October 27, 2006
I did not know Derek, other than reading about him in the EE Times. Nevertheless, I am saddened to hear about the loss of such a brilliant young man. I give my condolences to his family and hope they find the strength to accept this tragic loss and move forward in life.
October 27, 2006
I have so much sorrow for the both of you. To lose a child has to be
the worst thing that can happen. I lost my son 3 yrs ago, he was 27
yrs.old, freak accident took him.
You will go through so many emotions. Don't let anyone tell you "it's
time to stop grieving. My son is always with me, I dont' think a day
goes by that i don't say his nam. Never stop talking about your son,
Keep him alive. Jacob weems like he made a differnnce in peoples lives
that new him.
Thank God for the time we had

Cherish the Memories
October 26, 2006
To the Jacobs Family,

I don't know your family, but I lost a son 8yrs ago, he was only 8 years old, but with Prayer, Comfort and Strengthy, the Lord will see you through. Your son seemed to have been a very respectful and brillant young man. You are in my Prayers and thoughts. God Bless You.
October 20, 2006
Be Proud. You are the parents of a young man who was one of a kind. I don't know you all but my prayers are with you.
October 19, 2006
When God's intentions do not fulfill our plans, we call this injustice. We become isolated in selfishness demanding, " Why me? "

We immediatelly deny God's existence, when our most powerful expressions are love and faith. All God wants from us is unwavering faith in him,

with a goal in our minds and faith in our hearts, anything is possible, for the strenght of our faith will be in direct relation to the measure of heavenly rewards.

So when faced with a tragedy, do not curse God and diminish your faith in him, but be thankful for what we have, all that surrounds you, the beauty of nature, the

love of family and friends, and above all your health.

God saw in Derek a pure and loving heart, and could not wait for him to live an earthy life. Derek, earned his angel wings, so he could fly up to heaven and do God's work

there. So Dereck, although your stay here was brief, your beauty and innocence will be etched in our hearts forever.

We love you and we miss you.

"Father, my heart is overwhelmed and so I am led to the Rock that is higher than
me. I lift up my eyes to the hills from where my help comes. My help comes
from You, Lord, who made heaven and earth. You alone are my refuge and
strength, my present Help in trouble.

Jesus, I believe Your Word that You are faithful and will not allow me to be
tested beyond what I may be able to handle. Father, I pray You reveal the way of
escape to me you promised that I might be able to bear the loss of my child.

Father, You are my strong tower and I run to Your Name for safety. You promised
in Your Word that when I pass through the waters that You would be with me; that
the rivers would not drown me; and the fire would not consume me. Give me peace
today and in the days ahead. I thank You, God, for being true to Your Word. In
Jesus' Name I pray, Amen."

Our condolences to the family & friends of Dereck, I know no words can change how you feel during this difficult time, i know because i, too lost a son. We pray god gives you the strenght you all need to overcome this difficult time. God Bless You, All !!!
October 16, 2006
To The Jacobs Family:
I am so very sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you.
Dr Camille Andrews
River Bridge Animal Hospital
October 16, 2006
To the family May the good lord guide you for strenght in this time of sorrow.
October 16, 2006
Dear Leslie and Jeff,
May you find peace in the days to come. Hopefully in time your wounds can begin heal.
Hillary Bale
(customer of Leslie)
October 15, 2006
I never met Derek but I will never forget him. I, along with many others saw the accident scene as I drove along Palmetto Park Road on that fatefull morning. He will forever be in my prayers. He sounds like a wonderful young man and is someone to be proud of. God Bless Derek and his family.
October 13, 2006
To Jeff & Leslie,

I am so sorry for your terrible loss. Derek was a great friend. An inspiration to all those who knew him. It is a shame he had to go so quick before he could make a greater difference in life. I am sure he is in a better place. My prayers are with you. I am sorry for not being able to attend the funeral. You guys take care. Derek's memory is STILL ALIVE.
October 11, 2006
October 10, 2006
Deepest condolences from one of the guys in Grandpa Norm's magic club. I can't imagine the pain of your loss, but I hope my prayers will help. I read up on him, he was quite a young man. You made the world better through raising him, and are an inspiration.
October 10, 2006
October 10, 2006
Dear Jacobs Family

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you. May peace and fond memories of Derek comfort you.

Love from our Family, too.
Sheila and Chuck
October 10, 2006
October 10, 2006
We were so sad when my dad (Les) gave us the news about Derek. Please know that you are in our prayers at this difficult time. Love, Randi,Keith and Alex
October 10, 2006
Hello. I am so sorry for your loss. What an inspiring story about Derek. I know Derek's grandfather Norman, and I wish you all moments of peace and happy memories of Derek.
October 09, 2006
Dear Cousin Leslie & Jeff:
We are so sorry about the tragic loss of Cousin Derek. And we are sad for the world that will not benefit from his brillance. We hope that family and friends will help you deal with this terrible tragidy. We send our love to you both.
October 08, 2006
David, Brad and I are so shocked and saddened over your loss. Brad remembers befriending Derek at DKJA and sharing many good times with him. We can vividly recall when the boys went out trick or treating here in Island Lakes dressed up as The Men in Black. They were adorable! Still have a great photo of them together on display in the house. David remembers the first time he engaged Derek in a conversation about computers and he couldn't get over the depth of his knowledge. Derek and I enjoyed talking about and playing with our pet birds. Although the boys lost touch, our fondness for Derek remained. He was a remarkable young man. We are so very truly sorry for your loss.
October 07, 2006
Dear Jeff and Leslie,
Although we have never met, I was a proud friend - and fan - of Derek's. Derek, one of my few Jewish fraternity brothers, was an inspiration to our Fraternity and a "mitzvah" to all whose lives he touched. Derek frequently came by my house, mostly amusingly unannounced, just to say "hi" to Anthony and me or to assist with my video and computer systems. Even my neighbors, who had only met Derek on a few - but meaningful - occasions, told me to "pass along" their condolences as well, as we all had been entertained and inspired by Derek's great sense of humor and tremendous sense of presence at our small-block-party BBQs. In retrospect, it was just a year ago that Derek "rode shotgun" with me to Orlando for HHR and we had discussed going again this season with mutual friends. Words alone cannot express how much he'll be missed and what an inspiration he was to his fraternity brothers and me.
October 07, 2006
Dear Parents, My heart breaks for you. I lost my only child a year ago and will never have another child, or grandchildren. I wish I had been able to find someone like myself to talk to in the early stages of grief. If I can help you give me a call.
561-389-1446. Colleen
October 06, 2006
Bob and I were privileged to meet Derek with his parents 8 years ago. The news of his accident was so tragic. May the family be strong and keep his memory alive. His memory is an inspiration to all of our children.

Bob and Lisa Marton
October 06, 2006
Although we have never met, I saw your family on the "Today" show and heard of Derek's accomplishments. May the memories of Derek's dedication and service to his family and his community be an inspiration to all whose lives he touched either directly or indirectly. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Israel and may his soul be bound up in the Bond of Life.
October 06, 2006
Dear Jeff and Leslie!
Really saddened by the news that I heard this morning. I wanted to find some way to express my condolences to you and your family. After reading about Derek's accomplishments I cannot fathom what a loss this is to your family and to the rest of the world. My prayers are with you.
October 06, 2006
Dear Leslie and Jeff,

Not knowing what to write, I read many of the thoughts others have shared with you here. From the words of others, I learned that you were given a precious gift in Derek.

Although David has always held a special place within himself for all of you, our lives ran separate.

Please know that David and I are so saddened by the lose of your son Derek and we wish you peace and comfort and the strength you find in one another as time goes on.

We are sure that you will keep the love and memories of Derek alive within you and you will find a way to keep Derek's love of the world alive as well.

And Jeff....anytime you are ready, the Photoshop lessons await you!!

October 06, 2006
We are deeply saddened for your loss. When such a bright, promising future is cut short--we struggle to understand the how and why. We pray that your family will find peace in the knowledge that Derek's time was truly special. His life touched many. His example continues to inspire. His memory will live on in your hearts and minds.
God bless you.
October 05, 2006
Our heatfelt condelences on your loss. May Hashem give you stength to cope with this difficult time.
our prayers are with all of you.
May you be comforted with all the mourners of zion and Jerusalem
Deborah and Robert Marcus
October 05, 2006
October 05, 2006
I am truly shocked and saddened to hear about your terrible loss. I wish there was some way to help you with your grief. Although Derek was so young, he lived a full life surrounded by love, his dear family, and people who recognized his talent and allowed him to do the things he enjoyed. He will be remembered for everything he accomplished, the love and pride he gave to you and the love and the freedom to be himself that you returned.
October 05, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
October 05, 2006
Although I never met Derek, I always heard great things about him from his grandmother, Arlene Jacobs. My heart goes out to his family. I know Derek will be greatly missed.
October 05, 2006
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Jacobs and Marcus families. May god help you through your time of need.

The Miller Family
October 05, 2006
My deepest condolences to your entire family. What a tragedy to lose such a brilliant mind at such a young age. We'll never know the great things he may have done to make this world a better place in which to live.

God bless all of you.
October 05, 2006
Dear Jeff and Leslie

I told my parents, who do not have computer access, about this guestbook. Like all of us, they are so sad.

They asked me to also send their deepest condolences to you and to your parents.
October 05, 2006
It's such a blessing,that Derek had an impack on so many people.Thank God for the time you was blessed with him for this time.God will give you strength to carry on.God makes no mistake. PUT YOUR FAITH IN GOD.
October 04, 2006
even though we never met, you were my brother; now you will go to be with our father in heaven. to the rest of my brothers rejoice in brother Dereks memory. to Derek, be patiencent we will see you in due time.

in his name
Phi Tau
October 04, 2006
you will never be forgotten.
Press On!
October 04, 2006
To Derek...

I will never forget your first days as a Phi Gam as I was proud to see you wear our letters. Like many have said, you truly grew up within our Fraternity and nobody will ever forget you. We will meet again...God Speed...and PERGE!

To Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs,

My deepest sympathies to both of you and your families.

Derek Jacobs - Ad Astra
Scholar/Brother/Friend To Many
October 04, 2006
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

October 04, 2006
We are so sorry for your lost. We remember Derrick when you were practicing in Cranford and he used to come downstairs.
October 04, 2006
I will always remember many things about the way you were dude. The way you emphatically spoke at meetings or the way you always wanted the best for everyone around you. A fiery passionate man who knew what he wanted and someone who how had achieved so much but was well on his way to achieving a great deal more. It feels like days ago when I first heard about the genius kid on Andrew Chins floor who was interested in joining the fraternity or more over the way that you became a wise man who was bound for a long life of success. I just want to thank you Derek for being a living inspiration with all that you did, be it bringing the most attractive girl to Fiji formal or your genuine love for getting "swol'" in the gym. I can look back on our last conversation together and say that you were not only a great man, but also a great Phi Gam and friend. Let the Lord keep you and care for you. Thank you.
October 04, 2006
October 04, 2006
Dear Leslie and Jeffrey
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of such a special young man. I taught Derek history and I fondly remember our debates about ancient civilizaions and of course his discourses about the afterlife! What a privilege it was to teach such a sensitive insightful and genuine person!
May his legacy endure - we all knew he was destined for great things. I am so sorry he was taken so young!
My thoughs and prayers are with you during this sad time.
October 04, 2006
October 04, 2006
I'm so glad that I had Derek as a friend, although for too short of a time. I miss you so much Derek, all our conversations, our jokes, our crazy times. RIP Derek
October 04, 2006
My Dearest Derek,
I will always remember your weekend stays ay my house when I resided in Florida, I will always remember setting alarm clocks for 5:AM to go play paintball, I will always remember "DietCoke" NO ICE I will always cherish the wisdom and guidance that you set forth to Richard, you were a pleasure to have in our household and I will remember and treasure the memories.
October 04, 2006
Leslie and Jeffrey, when I saw you on tv the other morning, I rushed to turn up the sound expecting to hear of something else Derek had accomplished. When I realized what the news was, I was stunned. I only met your family briefly, but it didn't take long to see what an amazing family you are. Your pride for Derek and the plans you shared for the future seemed to only require time to bring them to reality. Derek was taken long before his time, and as saddened as I am by his passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you in these most difficult of times.
October 04, 2006
Leslie and Jeff

I was shocked and saddened to hear about Derek. Derek was always so special to me. He spent so many hours with me in the Technology Center while he was at North Broward Prep. He has touched so many lives.

My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this sad time.
October 04, 2006

You were the fourth little brother that I got with the fraternity. Although I love my others, I knew you were special. We could see all the five values in you and that is why we asked you to join even at a young age. Many may not know that you were the youngest person to pledge the fraternity and Sigma Phi's first famous FIJI. You essentially grew up with the fraternity, going from a young boy to a gentleman of excellence. I fought with other brothers for you to be my little. I’m so glad I did that because you made an impact on my life and I hope I made an impact on yours. We may not have hung out as much as we would have wanted the past months, but I'm glad that the last time I spoke with you was for each of us to share good news. I will never forget the late nights and fun times we had. I will miss you very much and I hope we will meet again at another time.

To Jeff and Leslie,

I will always be here for you. Derek was an important part of my life and made a difference in our fraternity. He was such an amazing person with only good thoughts in his mind. He couldn’t have accomplished all the things he did without great parents like you. He made me proud to be his big brother. Anything you need anytime and anywhere, I will be there for you.


October 04, 2006
Dear Jacobs Family,

I would like to express my sincere sympathy over the loss of your dear son. Derek's aunt, Nancy, is my dear friend and thru her I could always realize how much Derek was loved and admired. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am very sorry for your loss.
October 04, 2006
I am so sorry about the lost of your child. I know there are words no one can really say to ease the pain you have in your heart.
But may the words of God give you a measure of comfort in this time of deep sorrow.
For the Bible assures us:
"He is near to those broken at heart; and those crushed in spirit he saves"
October 04, 2006
To the Jacobs Family and Friends
Please accept my sincere sympathy at this time. When someone we love falls a sleep in death,it's natural to want to see our loved one again. The bible promise a resurrection hope that can bring us much comfort,then the sting of death will be no more. Instead of tears of sorrow,there will be tears of JOY,to see them here on a paradise earth under the best conditions. May Jehovah the God of all comfort be with you and your family.
October 04, 2006
To Derek's Grandparents, our dear and cherished friends, Phyllis and Norman Rosen,

We send our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved Grandson, Derek.

We have you in our constant thoughts and prayers. Our hearts ache for all of you.

October 04, 2006
Little D:
I can almost remember all of our family tree lunches and jacuzzi nights like if it was yesterday. You always knew how to make the dullest nights turn into memorable ones filled with laughter and the key phrases between you and Anthony. You will always be a part of our hearts and memories. We love you!

Your Sibling;

October 03, 2006
Dear Leslie and Jeff
We remember meeting you both and this incredible curly haired boy of 9 when we all moved into our homes. Derek was an amazing child, an accomplished and eclectic young man and a more amazing and acomplished adult. It was clear to us what a special bond you all shared and what a special and brilliant person Derek was. He lived a more fullfilling and enriched life in his 18 years than most people live in 100 years and he will live on in the hearts and memories of everyone that he touched. Our hearts go out to you and we send you our love and deepest regrets that your family must go through this heart wrenching time.

All our love and condolences,
October 03, 2006
Another brightly shining FIJI has gone "ad astra" way too early...

I join all of Derek's extended Phi Gamma Delta/FIJI family in wishing Derek's family peace and comfort during this difficult and tragic time. Know that tens of thousands of FIJIs around the world are mourning with you.
October 03, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you at such a tragic time in your lives.
October 03, 2006
Dear Derek Jacobs family and friends,

Derek left his memory on this earth for others to follow. May his memory always be a happy one. God Bless all of you touched by this and may you carry on his legacy.

Ben Wilson
October 03, 2006
Mr and Mrs Jacobs:
Derek entered our life as Anthony's little brother (FIJI). When at our house, our entire family could see he was special and gifted. May God Bless and console you both.
October 03, 2006
Our heartfelt condolences not only to our good friends Nancy, Steve, Matthew, Eric, and Michael Marcus, but also to Jeffrey, Leslie, Marty, and Arlene Jacobs. No words could possibly express the sadness that we felt to hear of the loss of your beloved Derek. He was truly an amazing young man that was taken from this world too soon. We pray that God gives you the strength to go through this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
October 03, 2006
RIP Derek, you will be missed.
October 03, 2006
Dear Leslie and Jeffrey -
We cannot find words to express our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts are with you.
October 03, 2006
We only new Derek briefly but were so impressed by him. He was so giving of himself and delighted in helping people. This was a very tragic accident. Derek and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers....Derek was special!
October 03, 2006
glory eternal
October 03, 2006
May God comfort the family and friends of this exceptional young man.
October 03, 2006
You will always be one of my favorite FIJI's. You were one of a kind. No one was like Little Derek Jacobs. One way or another you always made me laugh, even when we would dance at parties I would laugh at you. You were a character! I will NEVER forget you and your smile, our online random talks, your corny dance moves, and your pink striped shirt. My college experience was that much more enjoyable because you were in it. I love you little Derek. I know you will always be with us in spirit, I can feel it...
October 03, 2006
Lelsie and Jeff,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of your loss of Derek as were the rest of our office. I know he was the love of your life and I know how proud you were of him. I'll never understand why these things happen to such good people. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.

With Love and Concern'
October 03, 2006
We all love you.
October 03, 2006
I could not believe when I was informed of what had happened. It is so difficult to think that he was gone. Derek was such a great person. I still remember first meeting him and looking through a scrapbook his mother had made him of all the newspaper and online articles that were about him and the chip. He made such an impression. He will be greatly missed, and my heart goes out to his family, his brothers of FIJI, and friends. Anyone who crossed his path was truly blessed. Rest in Peace Derek!
October 03, 2006
October 03, 2006
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
October 03, 2006
My sister Andrea C. spoke of your son so wonderfully. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
October 03, 2006
Derek...Even though I didnt hang out with you alot, I didnt know as well I wish I had, But you are truly an amazing person and you will be truly missed by everyone..
October 03, 2006
We were so saddened to hear of your
tragic loss. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family.
October 03, 2006
My heart sank when I heard of Derek's passing. I know how much he was loved. Such a kind soul. I will miss him.
October 03, 2006
No words can express my sadness, Derek was a shining star destined to make a mark on the world. We are all diminished by his loss. My heart goes out to the Jacobs Family.
October 03, 2006
our sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved son. may you have no more sorrow and may you find some solace when you remember Derek and the wonderful family times
October 03, 2006
My heart sank when I learned of Derek's untimely passing. I remember reassuring him in school, roughly 5 years ago, that he would live a life known only by the stars - and he did. Derek will always be fondly missed by those whose lives he touched, and remembered by those whose lives he was not able to.

Jeff and Leslie, I pray you find peace and serenity in your healing, and that the heavens shine their graces upon your lives you as they did Derek's.
October 03, 2006
Sad to see a FIJI go...
October 03, 2006
To a friend who touched my life,

Rest in peace, dear Derek. You came to me as but a child to learn computer technology. I was amazed at your thirst for knowledge. We spent too short a time together as student and mentor. The most memorable times being those that my wife and I taught you the finer points of backgammon.You learned quickly as you did for anything you set out to master. I share the loss of your companionship with your family and friends. I will always remember you as the little curly haired lad with a zest for life and family.
October 03, 2006
October 03, 2006

October 03, 2006
Leslie and Jeff
My heart breaks for your loss. I can only image your pain and hope that you find comfort in the joy of knowing what a wonderful son Derek was. In his short time, he was loved by many and will be missed by all.
May God Bless you both.
October 03, 2006
Derek and Brothers of Phi Gamma Delta,

Our laughter and memories from the 6 south gang will always bring smiles to our faces. Derek, may you rest, and may god look over and protect your family. Your memory will always be in our prayers.
we all love you.
October 03, 2006
Dear Leslie and Jeff,
I am a friend of Nancy and Steve from New Jersey.I am so shocked and saddened to hear the sad news about this tragic event in your lives. I met Derek when he was a young boy, Nancy always spoke about him to me raving about what a great kid he was.Please know that we are praying for you and your family to feel the love and comfort of GOD, family and friends in your heart to help you cope with the loss of your son.
October 03, 2006
It's sad to see such a promising Fiji, and person to pass early. His family is in my prayers.
October 03, 2006
I met Derek a few years back and despite his young age he impressed me. Ever since, I had the joy and pride to brag about having an 18 yr old friend who was about to graduate from FIU as well as a remarkable computer “know-it-all”.

It was always fun to have Derek around; I will never forget when we went out to the Keys and to Miami Beach with other Sigma Phi Brothers.

You will be missed by everyone.

To the Jacobs Family, my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi,
October 03, 2006
The Beta Tau chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at Nova Southeastern Univ. would like to send our deepest condolences and heartfelt love to all of the brothers and family of Derek Jacobs.

Many of us knew Derek, and knew the light he brought to everyones lives. We affectionately referred to him as "Stud" and we will miss him terribly. We love you guys and we're praying for you and his family.

Brothers of Phi Gamma Delta: please let us know if you need anything. Be strong - we love you!!
October 03, 2006
October 03, 2006
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
October 03, 2006
You were one of the few I admired. I looked at you and saw not the boy you first were when we met in our pledge class, but the man you would of become. I feel it in my heart that you were destined for greatness and the world is now at a loss with out your presence. You will be missed Brother. My prayers are with you and to you family.
October 03, 2006

I can't begin to tell you how saddened I am that you are no longer here with us. You were a role model for all of us at the Sigma Phi chapter. From the my first memory (Fantasy Fest) until the last time I was able to see you I always admired the courage you had to get around the obstacles life was throwing at you. I hope that in my life time I can accomplish half of the things you were able to do in yours. The impact you left on your family,friends,brothers, and loved ones will never be forgotten. Much Love.

Your Brother and Friend
October 03, 2006
Dear Jeff and Leslie,

Steve called me last night and told me the awful news. I met Derek once, when he was very little, and I've heard about him over the years from Steve and from Nancy and Marty. What an outstanding family you are to have produced such an outstanding young man. Like all the people who have signed this guestbook, I can hardly think of anything else today. Sheila and I send you and your dear family our deepest sympathies.
October 03, 2006
October 03, 2006
Leslie & Jeff, I pray that the God of all Comfort, comfort you during this time of sorrow. Because the death of a love one is so hard to bare the apostle Paul said it was like a sting. He also mentioned a hope for mankind, the resurrection of the dead. I pray for the time when we'll all have tears of happiness when we are united with all our dead love ones, during the resurrection.
October 03, 2006
Dear Leslie and Jeff,
We are friends of Nancy and Steve from when they lived in Maryland... and I remember all those years ago how proudly and lovingly they talked about their boys' "big cousin Derek." We know he was a treasure in your family, and can only imagine the pain of this sad loss. May G-d give you strength and comfort. We are deeply sorry for your tragic loss.
October 03, 2006
On behalf of The Phi Tau Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta in Arlington, TX, we send our deepest condolences to his friends, family and brothers. Although not knowing him on a personal level, we know such a fine individual such as Brother Jacobs will be missed.

October 03, 2006
Dear Leslie and Jeff,
We are so sorry for your loss of your only child Derek. We share your pain. Four months ago we too lost our only child, our son Brandon Edward Jacobs. He had just turned 21.
Unfortunately there are no words to comfort you in the worst time of your lives. We just want you to know if you need someone to talk with who can relate in every way PLEASE don't hesitate to contact us.
Please know you are in our hearts and our prayers are with you and your family at this most tragic time.
With heartfelt sympathy,
October 03, 2006
His time here may have been short, but it as a fruitful one. He has accomplished musch more than most of us will in our life time. Rest in peace Derek
October 03, 2006
It's hard to believe that your no longer here with us! It was a shock to hear the news of your accident. But please know that you will always be in our hearts. Thanks for the laughs and good times.

To the Jacobs Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
October 03, 2006
It's truely a sad that one less badge will be attending a FIJI Ritual. My best wishes to Derek's family, brothers and friends.
October 03, 2006
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
October 03, 2006
Derek will always be remembered in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers.

When I first met him he was a child, and the last time I saw him he was a man. I thank God for meeting Derek, making our paths cross, and all the experiences we shared.

Derek, you will be missed, but never forgotten.
October 03, 2006
I heard about your son a few years ago through CNN story, I was very impressed and I remember I thought "this little kid will be a great help for this lost humanity". I´m so sorry about your lost, my deepest condolences to you and your family.
October 03, 2006
Leslie and Jeff,

Derek was a wonderful patient to have in our orthodontic office. He was always eager and interested in the computors used at the office. It is always sad too loose someone so young with so much possibility,
but we now have another angel looking down over us.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Michele and the staff of Dr Barry Matza's office
October 03, 2006
moments of greatest despair, I find comfort in knowing what an
incredible person and friend Derek was and remembering the many things I learned
from him and with him.
I miss you dearly and look forward to seeing you
My prayers are with you and your family.
October 03, 2006
I am writing on behalf of the friends of Nancy, Stephen, Matthew, Eric and Michael Marcus. Our hearts are heavy watching you try to accept the inconceivable, the loss of your nephew and cousin, Derek. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. We hope for a special angel of strength not only for Jeffrey and Leslie, but also for Marty and Arlene Jacobs who are amongst the most gifted of grandparents.
Derek was a special gift who taught us so much about the potential of life. Now he challenges us all in a new way.
October 03, 2006
To The Whole Family:
May God be with you during this time of sorrow. He was a brilliant you man. He is going to be greatly missed. Look to God for strength and wisdom during this time. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
October 03, 2006
To Leslie and Jeff
The Cranford, New Jersey community is heartbroken upon hearing the devestating news of Derek's passing. We send our love and prayers. I am Carol Steuer. I know you both and our son, Marc, is your friend. He cares very much and you will hear from him. Give our best to your parents
October 03, 2006
October 03, 2006
October 03, 2006
Leslie & Jeff
Leslie I have thought of you often and was saddened to hear of your loss. May you both be comforted by the shining star Derek was always. You and your family are in ours prayers.
Gloria, Tom, John and Katie (The Taylors)
October 03, 2006
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.

October 03, 2006
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
October 03, 2006
To Derek's Family,

We understand what you are experiencing and feeling. No amount of words can ease the pain of your loss. We know firsthand there are no words of comfort at this time. We lost our only son 9~3~2004 at the age of 19 and it fells like yesterday. Just know that there are many families across the USA who is experiencing your loss and pain.

May he rest in peace knowing that he was loved and remembered by those who knew him. My deepest condolences, sympathy and prayers go out to your family. May God grant you peace, strength and comfort?

Proud Marine Parents of an American Hero
(LCpl. Nicholas S. Perez – KIA 9~3~04 – Al Anbar Province, Iraq)
October 03, 2006
sorry for your loss of your son.
October 03, 2006
Our prayers are with you at this time. You have our deepest sympathy.

Omicron Dueteron
Phi Gamma Delta
The Ohio State University
October 03, 2006
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
October 03, 2006
To Derek's Family, and to the brothers--my brothers--at Sigma Phi Chapter--I am so sorry for your loss, and I and the brothers of Alpha Iota at Iowa State mourn with you for Derek. Please accept our heartfelt condolences, and our fondest wishes that the memories of Derek's life will give you some peace.


Scott Moore, PL AI Chapter
AI Chapter Brothers

October 03, 2006
October 03, 2006
Derek, we will miss you so much. You were an amazing little brother to Anthony and I can only hope that we made as much of an impact on you as you made on us. We love you and hope you are watching down on us seeing how much you were loved. My prayers are with you Leslie and Jeff.

October 03, 2006
May our Lord God be with our fallen brother. It is a shame to see a person die so young, let alone one of our own. To all our brothers still out there, may we strive to be better men every day and set an example for others to follow.
October 03, 2006
I'll see you one day my fellow Phi Gam!
October 03, 2006
Dear Brother Jacob,

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. The impression that you have left on the world will be greatly remembered. The prayers of myself as well as the rest of the Chi Deuteron chapter will be with you. It is sad to see that we have lost another brother. May your wisdom and values as a Phi Gam be a guiding light to everyone you have influenced. May God be with you.

October 03, 2006
The Phi Tau Chapter at Texas Arlington sends its prayers.

October 03, 2006
Never met him.... i'll always love him! Fiji 4 life and after!
October 03, 2006
Derek.... you will always be remembered by all your brothers... you were more than a nice smart person... I know you are looking at us from up there and you know we all miss you, you left behind a family and you will always be in our hearts.
R.I.P. Derek Jacobs, a gentleman of quality, excellence, and full of knowledge.
October 03, 2006
I was so saddend to hear about losing you from this world. The fraternity will truely miss you and you will never be forgotten here at Sigma Phi! Though you are in a different place, that doesnt meant that yoiu have left our hearts. My condolences go out all of the family members and all of my fraternity brothers, and all of Dereks other friends. We love you and will truely miss you!
October 03, 2006
October 03, 2006
I was fond of Derek from the moment I met him at FIU. Ever since the day I escorted him so he could get inside Dave and Busters, I referred to him as my little son. I cared very much for Derek and always sided with him because he was a person of good intentions and a warm heart. He assisted me with my Service Projects for Honors Council. This is why it broke my heart to hear the bad news.

I remember placing the highest bid for Derek at the American Red Cross Auction at the FIJI House. Maybe one day he will take me on that dinner. We had lots of fun at that auction and during all of the other FIJI events. Maybe the reason Derek was such a delight to be around is because he was always smiling. I am certain he is smiling down and bringing love to all of us right now.

He will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family.
October 03, 2006
Dear Friends.
We were so very sorry to learn of your tragic loss of Derek. We are Rena and Adam's Aunt, Uncles, and cousins. Our sincere, heartfelt condolences.
Marcelle, John, Melissa, Leah Beight and Fred Shapiro
October 02, 2006
It is sad to see such a thing happen, but good to know that so many people care about this young man and how tight of a brotherhood we truly have. I know that he is in good hands now and know his family knows that as well.
October 02, 2006
You are in the heart of every FIJI. We have learned to stick together in times of of sickness, times of joy and as of now times of death. This is a reminder to us all that "Not for college days alone". God Bless and Perge'
October 02, 2006
As a fraternal brother from Oklahoma State (FIJI - Sigma Omicron), we pray for his family and friends. Perge, Derek, Perge!
October 02, 2006
Although I never knew him he was still a brother. All my prayers my FIJI brother for you and your family.
October 02, 2006
Miss You
October 02, 2006
have the deepest condolences on behalf of my friends and myself
October 02, 2006
Rest in peace fellow Phi Gam.
October 02, 2006
The Ohio Wesleyan U. Fijis send their deepest regrets to the Jacobs family and pray for them during this time. May God/Allah welcome Derek with open arms.
October 02, 2006
Brother Derek Jacobs was a good kid. I saw him grow from a chunky cheek freshman to an 18 year old man and member of Phi Gamma Delta. He never settled for anything average; from his car to his academic achievements Derek made sure he had the best, did the best he could and that all those around him reached for the best or at least knew there was something better to accomplish.

We will miss Brother Derek Jacobs at FIJI. His vision, involvement and high academic standards are an inspiration to us all. Brother Jacobs, thank you for impacting my life and that of the Brothers of FIJI's Sigma Phi Chapter. I will always remember you and think about you as I live my life hoping to see you in the future. Please watch over us and know we love you very much.

Only The Good Die Young my Brother...
October 02, 2006
I'll miss you man.
October 02, 2006
Leslie and Jeff,
I opened my newspaper in Daytona Beach where I now work to read about Derek and was in shock. My heart goes out to you. I remember interviewing Derek and you both in your home four years ago regarding the microchip implants and future follow-up stories. He was so intelligent and so focused on his mission. I had to keep reminding myself he was only 14. It's not often you see a poster of Einstein on a teen's wall.
October 02, 2006
I am deeply touched. My prayers are with all the family. God bless you all
October 02, 2006
sorry for you lost
October 02, 2006
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
October 02, 2006
I Cant believe it that just week we had lunch and talked about how classes were, we had good times in organic 1 and 2 early morning study sessions but spent it making fun of the teacher... You are definately a person I will miss because when I was down on myself you gave me some confidence thanks bro...
October 02, 2006
So very sorry for your loss. Surely Derek is one of God's newest angels.
October 02, 2006
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember when I was Derek's English teacher in 5th grade at DKJA and he was such an extraordinary child, not only for his remarkable intellect and sense of humor, but for his warmth. He was genuine and kind to all, and I remember his smile and voice so well. Who could forget his performance in Julius Caesar? Every once in a while, a student comes along who likes to chat with teachers, who truly relates to adults as well as kids, and Derek was such a student. I remember many great discussions on literature and current events I had with him. It was an honor to know Derek, and I'll always remember him. The world has lost a wonderful human being. G-d bless and know my heart and prayers are with your family at this sad time.
October 02, 2006
Leslie and Jeff,
We felt hit in the gut to hear the tragic news. It is unimaginable what you must be going through. Please know that you have all of our support. We moved down from New Jersey at around the same time. Although our contacts are only occasional, we feel connected to you nonetheless. Derek was an amazing young man. The world will be poorer without him.
October 02, 2006
Hey, It's Bob & Elissa Goldmacher;
We are truly sorry and sad at your loss. No words are going to ease your loss,just remember the memories of a young man who touched the world in a special way.
All our love;
The Goldmachers
October 02, 2006

May your wings be always polished and may your skills be put to work....May your Memories be etched in everyone that has come across your path.

I am sorry.

October 02, 2006
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
October 02, 2006
Quero dar os meu pensamos a familia do JACOBS, eu tinha orgulho do vosso filho alguem que mostrou que até sendo jovem conseguimos chegar onde os grandes informáticos chegam com maior facilidade, mais uma vez os meus sentimoentos do coração.
October 02, 2006
Hey Derek,
I'm still finding it hard to face the reality of this past weekend. It was great running into you Thursday at the Grove...DD's for life. I love us and our bottled Evian at the club.
Then driving around campus Friday while you shared your current drama lol. I love being ur "female point-of-view". you can always depend on me for that.
We never got to watch the first few episodes of Nip/Tuck together like we planned..i'll update you on all the new episodes thou don't worry.
Do you know what this weekend was? The anniversary of Islander...haha fun times...i think that was the first time we really hung out.
I miss you, but i'm glad we were able to make so many great memories in this past year. You brought a smile to my face everyday and i know now it's heaven's turn to smile. They're lucky to have such an amazing person. I love you Derek. R.I.P.
October 02, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy for the family and for the friends of Derek Jacobs.
October 02, 2006
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.

October 02, 2006
Hey guy. I last saw you when we has classes together at BCC. English class, our professor loved urban legends! Man all the jokes we cracked and our "Who can get all A's in the class"! You will be missed.

God Speed and my condolences to the Jacobs Family.
October 02, 2006
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
October 02, 2006
Leslie & Jeff,
May your love for each other and the kindness of family and friends help you thru this tragic accident. You have our very deepest sympathy.
October 02, 2006
Derek and I were classmates and spent happy and memorable times during Calculus. Of all the people I know you are wondering "WHY YOUR SON?" I am wondering the same because society has just lost a prodigy. I will always remember Derek as a quiet, friendly, thoughtful, clever, and happy person who never took one moment without contributing something to society. He will always be remembered. May God Bless You and console you during this time of mourning. I am sorry about your loss.
October 02, 2006
May God bless the family of such a brillant child. He will be missed by many.
October 02, 2006
October 02, 2006
Our family's thoughts and sympathies are with you at this incredibly sad time. Our son David (with the red hair) was friends with Derek at IMACS. Even back then, we all knew Derek was to excel at anything he did in life. The world has lost a great innovator and teen with potential to improve his world.
Our hearts are with you.
The Holz family
October 02, 2006
Derek, we will always miss you! You lived one hell of a life and I was blessed to know you. Look down on us from heaven! xoxo
October 02, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
October 02, 2006
Leslie & Jeff,
No words can express how heartbroken we all are at the loss of Derek. We know how special he was to you and to all of us. The world has lost someone who would have done great things to help mankind. We wish we could be there for you, but know that our hearts our with you and we are there in spirit.
All our love,
Cousins Stacy, Wayne, Dana, & Brett
October 02, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
October 02, 2006
My thoughts and deepest condolences are with your family in this time of sorrow May god bless and keep you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
October 02, 2006
What a tremendous loss to humanity!

Such a tremendous loss to his dear family who loved him very much.
October 02, 2006
Dear Leslie and Jeff:
There are no words to express how sorry we are for the loss of your beautiful son. May God bless and give you strength. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do in Miami for you.
October 02, 2006
October 02, 2006
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
October 02, 2006
October 02, 2006
Not sure what to say really. I came to find out by coincidence. Im not sure if you rememeber me, I went to school with derek for about 2 years, started an IEEE branch with him, lab partners in a few classes, hung out often, graduated together. If there is anything I can do please let me know. Please contact at. My deepest sympathies at this time.
October 02, 2006
Leslie & Jeff,

It with incredible sadness that I happened across the story on Derek on CNN. What an incredible life your young son lived! I remember all too well hearing how he pushed for the chip... in an effort to help people. Leslie, we worked together in advertising and I recall your smile and deep pride when you spoke of your son. He is shining down on you both now - taking care of you.

My family and I will pray for your strength and support. Weare so very very sorry for your terrible loss.

I am very
October 01, 2006
Dearest Leslie and Jeff and family...knowing you and your beautiful son for these nine years ....has been an honor and a gift...Derek was a wonderful boy who was in the midst of becoming a wonderful man...As parents, you gave him a beautiful life, filled with every opportunity...Your focus was always on Derek with no boundaries or allowed Derek to excel and accomplish every goal that he set for himself...This is a tragedy for your family, your friends, our community and the world at large...Derek was born to do great things...and he did...but in way too short a time...our hearts are broken in two and we can never think of any words that could adequately describe how we feel for your loss...We pray that g-d gives you some strength...know that we love you and are here for you...with love and friendship...Lisa, Bruce, Melissa and Lauren Reingold
October 01, 2006
Our Darling Grandson has left us much too soon and in the most tragic way. We will miss you Dearest Derek, every single day of our lives, and always ask 'WHY'????
Your Adoring "Mama and Papa"
October 01, 2006
Jacobs family,

My deepest sympathy and condolences on the lost of your great son Derek.
October 01, 2006
Our heartfelt sympathy go out to you, and we were very upset and shocked by this tradgedy, as it brought back many fond memories of Derek living with us at our house here in Boca, and many fun times we had with computers and paintball. My mom remembers seeing him a few months ago on TV as a repeat of his original "chipping," and wondered what he had been up to since then. We remember thinking back to how smart an idea his chipping was, and how he was a revolutionary within our society, with the chip and getting his MCSE at such an early age, and many other accomplishments. He was a close part of our family for a long time, sharing religous holiday dinners with us and everything in between, and we have and will always miss him.
October 01, 2006
I met Derek a while back down in Miami and he was very hospitable. He invited me to enter his home as if he knew me all his life. He was a very close friend of my ex-girlfriend and he will be missed dearly dowm here in Miami. I am very sorry for your loss and hope everything starts looking up for you guys in this difficult time.
October 01, 2006
Leslie & Jeff,
We both were shocked and saddened by the loss of your son Derek. No words can descripe our feelings. God bless you both and God give you strenth.
October 01, 2006
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2006

October 01, 2006
last week you and I were reminiscing on how the boys used to spend
their sleep overs at my office working thru the night on the computers,
putting in systems and updating them. It is hard to believe that Derek
of all kids has past away; I have spent all day thinking of how could
this happen to such a good kid. I told everyone how Derek was applying
for Med school and how amazing this was for you as parents to see their
only child aspire to achieve such high goals at such a young age. Derek
was certainly dedicated to what ever he chose to do. I know Derek was
so very close to both of you and I hope you know he is looking down
sending his love and some day you will be re-united together again. God
give you the strength in each other to survive this loss.
Susan Lachance
Colby Reifler
Sabrina Reifler
October 01, 2006
October 01, 2006
Our hearts, minds and thoughts are with you both on the loss of your shining star, Derek. No words could ever express the grief and sorrow that we feel for you both today. Our love always!
October 01, 2006
Leslie & Jeff

Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Derek was so gifted and so talented and he made you both so proud. Our prayers are with you.
October 01, 2006
I read the article that spoke of Derek's achievements and I know we as locals will miss him and his contributions, but the world will miss out on someone who should have made a difference in the lives of other.
My sincere and deepest sympathies to the Jacob family.
October 01, 2006
Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beautiful son. We are close by if and whenever you need us. Sincerely, Rachel, Peter, Danielle, Jocelyn. Diaz Family.
October 01, 2006
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
October 01, 2006
Thnaks for everything
October 01, 2006
My prayers are with you at this time.
October 01, 2006
We have known each other for over 30 years, and have been like family ever since. We always loved hearing all of Derek's triumphs. You know we love you and are there for you always, Love, Meryl and Ira
October 01, 2006
Leslie & Jeff,
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your son Derek.
With love
Dyann and Anthony J. Langella
September 30, 2006
i will never forget the pride in your voice when we spoke about Derek last week
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