Robert Edward Jakubowski
July 19, 1941 – February 18, 2021
Robert (Bob) Edward Jakubowski of Centreville, Virginia passed away peacefully on February 18, 2021, at the age of 79.
Bob was born in Buffalo, NY and in his youth played the accordion and founded his own polka band, where they performed weekly at weddings and community events. Robert studied Chemistry at Canisius College, and later built a profession of ensuring food production safety and quality control. His careers at Peavey, ConAgra, and Vie de France Corporations brought him from Buffalo to Minnesota, back to Buffalo, and finally to northern Virginia.
Bob enjoyed his retirement with his wife of 51 years, Caroline, until she passed in 2015. They enjoyed polka dancing and were regulars at Blob's Park in Jessup, MD. They also took several polka trips in the US and to Europe, including a polka river cruise on the Danube. Bob and Caroline spent the winter months in Florida at The Villages and St. Petersburg where they enjoyed the warm weather and company of the many friends that they made on their travels.
Bob was always there to help his neighbors in need. He also focused his energy on community activism following the passing of Caroline. Bob successfully lobbied Fairfax County Park Authority to implement a deer control program to limit the Lyme disease affecting his neighborhood. He also got the FCPA to surface and stripe existing county tennis courts for pickleball usage and founded the Centreville pickleball league. Bob made a lasting impact on the popularity of pickleball in western Fairfax County.
Bob is survived by his son Douglas Jakubowski (Quynh Huong Jakubowski) and grandchildren Justin Anh-Tuan Jakubowski and Summer My-Linh Jakubowski of Oak Hill, VA. He is also survived by his younger brother, Ken Jakubowski and his family of St. Peterburg, FL.
A viewing will take place on Saturday, February 27th from 1:00-3:00pm at Demaine Funeral Home (10565 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030). The viewing will also be streamed via Facebook Live from 2:00-2:30pm on https://www.facebook.com/Demaine-Funeral-Home-Fairfax-240726059947658/?ref=py_c and will also be available on Demaine’s Facebook page afterward. Online condolences may be made at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/fairfax-va/robert-jakubowski-10063588.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Demaine Funeral Home – Fairfax
Robert Edward Jakubowski
February 25, 2021
Douglas, Quynh, Justin and Summer
Paul and I have so many fond memories of your Dad and Grandfather over the last 25 years that 2000 words or less does not seem like enough space, so I will try to condense and highlight our memories.
First, "Bob the Handyman" or as Paul would call him MacGyver any tool any problem you would call on Bob for help. It could be as simple as a lawn mower blade being sharpen to helping us break into our home through the garage because after a week away on vacation and a power outage we were unable to to open up the garage doors. Leave it to Bob to figure out how to break into our home with minimal damage. He truly could solve any problem.
Second,"Bob the Outdoors' Man". Bob was always outside. We remember him on his tractor with his cigar in his mouth mowing the lawn at a high speed when we first moved to the neighborhood. He may have slow down the speed on his tractor but he was always outside. If Paul and him were not talking politics they would be talking lawn care. The "bookends" Paul and I would call Bob and our home. Paul and him had a friendly competition of who had the greenest lawn. The past few years Bob definitely won that competition.
Third, "Bob the Activist" When Bob was determined to make change nothing would stop him. We had such a problem with deer in out community and Lyme disease, Bob took that cause and involved community leaders which resulted in control deer hunting to finally reduce the deer population. Thank you Bob!!
We have so many memories from Bob dressing up as Santa and coming over to surprise our kids to hanging out on the screen porch with some bourbon and wine. Even last summer we had Bob over for some grill Kielbasa and Polish music, he loved the Bitburger beer so much Paul bought him a 4 pack!!
We are going to miss that smile and low voice and years of wisdom. But the pain is made easier knowing he is with Caroline and two angels are looking down on their grandkids.
February 24, 2021
It’s difficult to write my thoughts and feelings about Bob. He was not just our neighbor of 18 years, he was an extension of our home and part of our heart! We also loved Caroline and have greatly missed her.
He was integral to our everyday lives. I can’t tell you how many times Bob comes out of my mouth in a day! Even when he’s not outside and I leave for work or for a weekend I would say Bob when we pass his house leaving the driveway.
The last few weeks, Bob being the consummate planner and safety guy, has his lights on timers, so every night when I get home, seeing them on plays a trick on my brain and I think he is in there. Words can’t explain what he meant to me and how he enriched my life, and Andrew’s life.
But, I can’t leave this with a sad note, because beyond the times he saved us from disasters, leaving garage doors open, fixing blowers, and removing a snake (yes the one in the video from our family room), he made us laugh and laugh often! He was hilarious to us! There are so many stories and examples! But, I’ll leave you with this exchange from 2010:
A great example that I came across, in looking back at my emails from him, I found one, he sent to me when we were on a trip to Italy in 2010. A skunk moved in under our front steps, and Bob being Bob and never doing anything halfway, he created an email account, so he could send an authentic email from the skunk, Pepelepeu
Subject: Message from Pepe
Ah, monsieur Andrew and mademoiselle Lori,
You left so suddenly that I did not have time to introduce you to Ronda, my soul mate for this season. We have rented your lower garden apartment for the summer. Hurry back! Pepe and Ronda
Response: Lori to Pepe: Ahh, buon giorno Pepe! Our sincerest apologies for leaving so suddenly! Please give Ronda our best! You must excuse the request, but we need you to wire us your rent and you will not be getting back your deposit! Cheers!
February 22, 2021
Doug and family, we are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I worked with him for many years at Vie de France. He was THE man of quality. A straight shooter who was highly respected by all. It is my honor and privilege to have known him. May God bless you and your family. Peace, Buzz and Kara Rider.
February 22, 2021
Doug and Family.
So sorry to hear about your dad. I worked with your dad for many years at VdFY and learned so much from him. Being on the sales side of the business I was always so appreciative of the way he communicated products issues with our customers. He was well respected by those who worked with him, and who could also call him a friend
God Bless you and your family
February 21, 2021
God bless you, Bob...from a Canisius High classmate.
February 20, 2021
Dear Douglas, Quynh, Justin and Summer
Our heartfelt thoughts are with you in the loss of your beloved dad and grandfather. Your Dad (and Mom) were wonderful neighbors. When your parents moved to Pamela Drive, we were surprised to find out that we had almost been neighbors in West Seneca. Your parents home in Orchard Park was just a few miles from where David and his family lived.
Both your mom and dad were always there for their neighbors. Your dad would bring french bread over after work when he was working at Vie De France. Your Mom gifted David (my late hubby) a weekly visit when she worked at Mt. Vernon Hospital when he was there during his stay. I and our whole family remember the kindness of both your parents. We always enjoyed your parents, their company and their costumes at our annual pipe-stem gatherings; and loved our talks with both your parents. Recently, on one of my trips up to be with the kids, your dad came and sat with me for about an hour catching up with each other. I am very thankful for that last long visit with him. The kids will all miss your dad; his neighborly visits, his advice on cars and yards and enjoying his tending to his beautiful and envious lawn.
Blessings to your family.
The Lubkowski Family
Suzanne, Steven and Claire, Annika and Kristin