Howard A. Jacobson, 86, of Clarks Summit, passed away at home on Tuesday evening surrounded by his loving family. His beloved wife of 66 years is the former Claire Siegel.
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Born in New York, son of the late Walter and Sara Kandel Jacobson, he was a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School and went on to attain his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after just two-and-a-half years. After college, Howard went to work at Jacobson Hat Company, where he remained for over 60 years. In 1964, he moved the company to Scranton, and transformed the business from a manufacturer to a worldwide importer and exporter of hats.
Aside from being a successful businessman, Howard was very much involved in the community and served on many boards. He was chairman of the investment committee and a board member of Community Medical Center for many years. He also served as a board member of the Red Cross, the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, Wave-Oak, the Glen Oak Country Club, where he was an avid golfer and served as president of the Oakford Glen Association. He was also a member of the Masons.
The true loves of his life were his wife, with whom he was able to travel the world, his children and his grandchildren.
Also surviving are a daughter, Gail Dickstein and husband, David, Clarks Summit; a son, Jeffrey Jacobson and wife, Robin, Clarks Summit; four grandchildren, Eric and Marc Dickstein, and Matthew and Shelley Jacobson; a sister, Leonore Ross, Texas; and nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank his caregivers, Jackie, Mary, Gladys, Stephanie, Chris, Ginny ,Josie, Teddy, Warren and Dr. Michael Kondash, who provided excellent care and whose service was above and beyond.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. in Temple Hesed Cemetery, Dunmore, by Rabbi Daniel Swartz.
Friends will be received during shiva at the family residence, this evening, 7-9 p.m., Friday, 2-4 p.m. and Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Howard's memory may be made to Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Rd., 18505; to the Jewish Community Center, c/o the Jacobson Beautification Fund, 601 Jefferson Ave., 18510; or to the
Arrangements by the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., Dunmore. To offer an online condolence, please visit www.ScrantonJewishFuneralscom
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Published in Scranton Times on July 24, 2014