March 27, 1926 – March 8, 2019
Albert Jacobs, 92, of Lutz, Florida passed on March 08, 2019. He was born in Passaic, NJ to Willy and Tillie (nee Breslow) Jacobs on March 27, 1926.
As a young man he honorably served his country during WWII in the US Navy. Aboard his battleship, the New Mexico, he fought in many major battles and saw action during Kamikaze raids in the Pacific until they reached Tokyo Bay where he was present at the surrender of Japan. After his honorable discharge, he and his brother owned and operated drug stores.
He was predeceased by his parents and one son, Bobby Jacobs. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joan, his son Jeff Jacobs and wife Sue of Chicago, IL, his daughter Andrea Kaufman and husband Tom Longstaff of Pittsburgh, PA , his daughter-in-law Mary Wilson and husband Rob of NJ and his three grandchildren Danielle Jacobs, Matthew Jacobs and Isaac Longstaff.
In Lieu of flowers please make contributions in his honor to St Jude's Children Hospital.
Please scroll down to read the memories family and friends have shared and add some yourself. In case you have problems with the process just call Stefan at (813) 842 3512. He will be glad to help.
- Graveside Service with Military Honors Monday, March 11, 2019
March 11, 2019
Al was one of the last living soldiers from WWII. He was honored in numerous parades - in Tampa as well as in Washington, DC.
His club also celebrated his service to the country with this display in 2018. Many of you will remember the mountain in the background - where was it ?
When you look as good as he did and at the same time you can make the ladies laugh, you have it made - with 19 and with 90.
Al, we know you will keep on doing your thing where ever you are now. Have a safe journey.
Russell & Diane Shaw
March 11, 2019
We met Al & Joan one Tuesday night in 2010 at Caliente trivia, we had just moved from MA into our condo at Paradise Lakes after retiring, There was not a lot going on at Paradise on Tuesday nights so we decided to try trivia. We did not know anybody there but Al & Joan invited us to sit at their table. They made us feel very welcomed & introduced us to so many great people that we are friends with today. Will always remember the fun trips to Busch Gardens, the Halloween Parties. the New Years Parties, the dinners together every Friday, the spontaneous dinners at other times & Tuesday trivia. Al was a very special person, the kind you only meet once in a lifetime, if you were having a bad day he could make you forget about it. He always had a smile & a warm greeting for you every time he saw you. If you had a problem no matter what he would be the first to offer help. His speeches are legendary, just ask anybody that has heard one. Al, you may be gone but you will always be remembered by everyone who called you a friend.
March 11, 2019
We lost our most eloquent voice!
March 11, 2019
Al's smile, gentle touch, concern and words made each person who knew him feel like they were special. He was the special one!
Brenda and Stefan Maass
March 10, 2019
First of all we have to say that it is almost impossible for us to have memories about only Al - it was always the whole team, Joanie and Al. Does anybody ever remember one being without the other ?
We met them at the club where we had bought a vacation condo. At that time we still lived in Germany and always came in May and in October. We'd sit in the pool and just listen to the funniest team apart from George Burns and Gracie Allen. Stefan being German and therefore not very familiar with the New York way of talking, just could not get enough of the way they talked (to each other). We had watched the TV show The Nanny and that was just like having parts of the show right there in the pool. We slowly started to join the conversations. Then, in 2002, we could not make it in time to prepare our usual wedding anniversary on May 7th(the 20th that year) in Florida because of our work schedules. We would get to Florida on the 6th, late night. Joanie and Al knew about this and some days before we would take off we received an email that they had prepared their clubhouse, yes the same clubhouse were we all had Al's repast, for our anniversary. A preacher, all our friends, music, food, all the works we were absolutely overwhelmed. Al made one of his FAMOUS speeches which made you laugh and cry at the same time.
How can you ever forget such a deed, from that moment on they became our dearest friends, actually our Florida mom and dad. We went to Baseball games, shared dinner on the holidays, went to the Straz and and and... We were family !
Stefan was especially thankful because him being a German he felt so lucky having a Jewish family. He always admired the way Al would get out his money clip and pay at restaurants in a most elegant way. He thought it was mega cool. Al must have noticed this and 2 weeks before he passed he gave the clip to Brenda. That clip will always be with Stefan-until he can return it in another place.
Al, we miss you, you cannot be replaced !
March 9, 2019
When I first moved to Florida in the early 1990's, I knew no one, but I met Al at the pool and he was quick to introduce me to soo many people.
He always greeted everyone (especially the ladies) with a warm smile and a funny joke . Joan and Al made my daughter and me feel very welcome in the community.
One of my favorite memories was when a group of us were in the Bahamas and Al wandered off while some of us were shopping. Joan went into the stores and yelled "Albert!" (and you know how soft Joan's voice is). After searching for him for about an hour, we gave up and continued to the restaurant where we were meeting for lunch. There sat Al, relaxing in a chair, sipping on a cool beverage. When questioned about his wandering off......his reply was....he knew where he was, we were the ones who were lost! You can't help but love him!
Al was such a fixture in the community, everyone knew and loved him. Our memories of Al will always warm our hearts and make us smile.
We will miss you.
Coren, Joe and Michele