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Maurice "Jake" Jacobs

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Maurice "Jake" Jacobs

Age 89, passed away October 29, 2015 at the Milton and Hattie Kutz Home in Wilmington, DE.

Born the youngest of six in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Jake graduated from Meyers High School there, and attended North Carolina State University on a football scholarship. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and again during the Korean Conflict.

During his 34-year career selling menswear at Wright & Simon, Jake earned a reputation as the man who kept Wilmington businessmen looking sharp. Following his retirement from Wright & Simon, he worked at Delaware Park outfitting the employees there.

Jake was also a founder of the Tobin Foundation for the visually impaired and a dedicated member of the Chabad Lubavitch of Wilmington. He was also a member of St. Helena's Athletic Association in Wilmington and coached the football team there for several years. Jake was a season ticket holder who never missed a University of Delaware football game and was known for having one of the loudest voices in the stands at Mt. Pleasant, Tower Hill and Tatnall, where he rooted for his sons and grandsons at football, lacrosse and wrestling events.

Jake was best known for his outgoing personality and big heart, which drew people of all ages to him. He was a proud resident of Bellefonte and considered himself blessed to have so many good neighbors there. His favorite things were sports of all kinds, John Wayne Movies and his late wife's cooking. He will be greatly missed by the many lives he touched.

Jake was predeceased by his wife, Marcella Jacobs in May of 2012; his parents, Harry and Bertha Jacobovitz; his brothers, Louis and Howard; and his sisters, Gertrude, Selma and Lee all of Wilkes-Barre, PA. He is survived by his sons, Kevin Jacobs of Wilmington, DE and Lawrence Jacobs (Katie Peabody) of New York, NY; two grandsons, Nicholas Jacobs of Philadelphia, PA and Samuel "Lock" Jacobs of New York, NY; as well as a cousin, Morton Schonfeld; two nephews; and a niece.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in his memory to the Mary Campbell Center for people with disabilities at




Published in The News Journal on Oct. 30, 2015
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