JACOBS, David Vincent
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1931 - 2012
David was the son of the late Bernard and Norah Jacobs of Canterbury, England. With WWII looming, at the age of eight, he was sent to a boys' school in Cornwall, where he saw Christmas over the holidays and where he had both adventures and setbacks. He was among one of the first patients who contacted pneumonia and, attended by a dedicated school nurse, to be given a new drug, Sulfa, which saved his life. Later, on the rare occasion of travelling through the blitzed London, his interim cab was commandeered by film star, Margaret Lockwood, who graciously paid his fare, which was greatly appreciated. On a later second London trip, his school bus was ditched by a buzz bomb and one of his eardrums damaged. As a boy he was inducted into the army as a crack shot, but did not see military service.
At the age of 22 he set sail for Canada and travelled by train to Vancouver. Three years later, after having met Gwendoline (Gini) Nelson at a game of bridge at a tennis club, they were married in 1956. (Playing bridge was a lifelong pastime.) They had two daughters whom their grandparents were anxious to see. After taking a plane over for several visits, the family settled in a small townhouse overlooking Canterbury for just under a year. Here their two daughters attended school; Sharon to a girls' school, Wendy to the local elementary. They all enjoyed their location, with a rural area nearby. Once back and resettled in their home in Vancouver in 1974, David, who had had a relatively short stint as a business owner and as management in retail, went to work for the Government in administration as a junior executive. It was now the age of computers. David was delighted to have his first computer course work-paid-for and overseen by Bill Gates. He soon became very proficient with the constantly new innovations which he taught to his daughters and which are enjoyed and expanded on to this day. David financially sponsored both his daughters; Wendy in tennis, Sharon to have a university education to become a school teacher.
David enjoyed all sports; skiing when he was young, coaching badminton, some tennis and swimming. He also dabbled in photography and stationery design. He was always friendly and never said an unkind word to or about anyone. After a short, but last valiant fight, his weak heart gave out. He is sorely missed by all his family who were at his side to the end. There is the deepest appreciation for the many wonderful sympathy cards and beautiful flowers which have filled our home and eased the pain. He died August 11 and was buried at a serene and lovely spot in Forest Lawn. David will always live in our hearts.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Sept. 27, 2012