Zachary Jacobi

July 6, 1992August 7, 2019

It is with heartbreak, we announce the sudden passing of Zachary as the result of a sporting accident on August 7, 2019 in his 28th year.

Beloved son of Steve and Pam Jacobi, brother of Isaac and partner of Tessa Alexanian. Zachary will be sadly missed by his Grandma Marie Burns, aunts, uncles and cousins, lifelong friends David Lutes and Corey Blendeman and many other family and friends. Zachary was part of the Alert Labs family in Kitchener, ON. Zachary was better than most of us. He would never have said that, but he was staunchly ethical, scrupulously compassionate, and possessed of unbelievable personal integrity. If you asked Zach's friends what they would do with a million-dollar windfall, they’d give the same answer: "I’d ask Zach what's right." Zachary wrote over a million words, about everything from Star Wars to Hannah Arendt. His memory was preternatural, which he used for making obscure historical references, winning pedantic arguments, and never forgetting what you asked him to do for you. Zachary never missed a Christmas or a birthday with his family. When all four Jacobis got together, it didn’t matter whether we were cadging Zachary into a game of euchre, or planning out his next bike ride, or all just talking around the table. Something about it always felt right. Zachary had the largest personal library of anyone we know. We called him the "gateway librarian". He delighted in showing how well he knew the people he cared about by loaning them books that they couldn't put down. He loved summer thunderstorms, biking the Hydrocut, Dungeons and Dragons, and understanding the world. We love him. The family will receive friends at the “THORPE BROTHERS’ FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL”, 96 West St. on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 6-9pm. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 12:30pm. In lieu of flowers donations to the Against Malaria Foundation, and in memory of Zachary, the family asks that everyone go to and register as an organ donor.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 15, 2019

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, August 16, 2019


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Ang Oliveira-Rae

July 6, 2020

Today is your birthday. Today is a day that is meant to be filled with celebrations, joy, and cake but, as a parent myself, I am sure that today was likely filled-up with a mix of emotions: celebration and heartache, by your parents, Issac and other family and friends who all loved you dearly. I'm sure you were celebrated for all of the wonderful things that you blessed each and every one of us with in our lives (how selfish of us, eh?) and undoubtedly many tears were shed because there are never, ever enough moments spent with those we love most.
I just wanted to take a moment, to let everyone who loves you most know that although the world may appear to have carried on, as it typically does, that YOU have not been forgotten and that you and your family is forever in our hearts and in our prayers.
Hugs and happy birthday, kiddo!
Mrs. O-R (I know you could never handle just calling me "Ang"!)

Nick Horvath

November 12, 2019

I just heard of Zach's passing and wanted to give my condolences to his family and loved ones.

Zach and I became friends in Grade 10 Math - Mr. Szokes class. It took no time at all to understand how brilliant and wonderful of a person he was. I enjoyed his friendship and looked forward to sitting with him and his friends for lunch in the cafeteria.

Sadly after Senior year, the friendship faded as many do. But, from time to time I would check on Facebook to see how he was doing and what his life had in store for him.

His gratitude for life came early and always use to joke that he wouldnt have a long time on earth and wanted to do great things. His time was shorter than we all would have imagined but I know he touched so many people lives with his benevolence.

I will miss you Zach. May you rest in peace

Bill & Roseanne Toronchuk

September 27, 2019

Dear Steve, Pam
We just only heard of this tragedy tonight and our heart breaks for all of you.
Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories wrap your hearts with love and smiles knowing that Zachary lives on within you.
Deepest condolences and sympathy.

Kerri Reilly

September 24, 2019

Steve and Pam, I have only just become aware of Zachary's accident. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting him many years ago in Paris. It was already obvious what a fine young man he was. My prayers for the family during this difficult time.

Carl Virtanen

August 26, 2019

I can still clearly remember interviewing Zach for a co-op position at the University Health Network while he was a student at UW. We instantly clicked and mid-way through the interview we were talking D&D (a topic that ended up with me lending him classic 80's modules for a summer) and far flung science topics instead of going through the traditional interview questions. Zach ended up returning for multiple co-ops and soon became an integral member of our team, helping us set up our computing cluster and bringing an intelligent approach to problem solving. More importantly he infused our group with his humour, goodwill, and kindness. It was here that he met the love of his life, Tess, and it was a privilege to see a relationship like theirs unfold. Zach will be missed by all of us that knew him at UHN and we would like to collectively pass along our heartfelt condolences to all of his family and friends.

Debbie Hanley

August 20, 2019

I first met Zachary about 17 years ago, when I started working with Steve. To me, he was always an old soul, very wise far beyond his years. It never felt like you were talking with a child, as he had so much knowledge about just about everything. He had a quiet confidence, and was so compassionate and considerate. Steve, Pam and Isaac, our hearts ache for all of you. Zachary will be loved and remembered always. Love always, Debbie, Jeff and Payton.

Sara Darling

August 18, 2019

So very sorry to hear this tragic news... hugs to you all.

Sara Darling

Colin Henry

August 15, 2019

Dear Steve, Pam & Isaac,
My condolences to your family on the loss of Zachary. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

Zachary was a great young man that will be remembered by the folks he impacted during his time with us.
My deepest sympathies,
Colin Henry

Anna Hill

August 15, 2019

Dear Steve and Pam, I am so sorry to hear of your son's sudden passing. From reading his obituary and memories, he was obviously a very special and talented young man. Deepest condolences,
Anna Hill

Terry Schmidt

August 14, 2019

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of our esteemed coworker Zach. His brilliant ideas and determined work ethic will be sorely missed around Alert Labs, as will his infectious sense of humor. In his daily conversations, he demonstated his knowledge and love of how all things super small and very large work and mesh harmoneously in the world around us. We will miss you Zach.