JACOB, Michael Robert
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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved brother Mike on December 21, at the age of 57. Mike passed away peacefully with family members by his side at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Mike was born August 1955, in Prince George, BC. He was predeceased by his parents (Joseph and Alice Jacob) and brother Don Jacob. He is survived by 4 brothers, Joe, Jim (Gayle), Bruce and Mark and by 7 sisters; Pat, Alice, Margaret, Marianne (John), Dorothy (Glenn), Cathy, Terry (Don), 18 nieces and nephews and 12 great-nieces and nephew's. Mike was a long time resident of Maple Ridge and worked for many years in construction around the Lower Mainland. Mike graduated from BCIT with a diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering. Mike's experience, knowledge and friendly manner earned him the respect of his friends, co-workers, and clients at Fremar Construction in Vancouver where he worked for many years .Mike was passionate about helping others and always willing to lend a hand. His unfailing optimism was inspiring and he was always willing to share his valuable wisdom and advice. Fair and ethical, Mike encouraged the same values in all those he met. In his spare time Mike loved to fish, go prospecting, play golf and seldom missed a Canucks, Lions or Whitecaps game on TV. Mike was a brilliant diamond with a shining heart of gold and will be forever missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends, with whom he loved to spend his spare time. The smiles, the laughter and the happy times will always live on in our hearts. The family would like to thank Dr. Brown, the nursing staff and support workers at the ARHCC Tertiary Palliative Care Unit for all their compassion and expert care they provided for Mike during his stay there. Services for Mike will be held at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 20285 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge on Monday Dec.31 2012 at 10:30 am . In lieu of flowers an online donation can be made in memory of Mike, at the bccancerfoundation.com website, for the Abbotsford Cancer Centre. Notes of condolences for the family can be sent to www.mapleridgefuneral.ca
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Dec. 28, 2012