Clyde Leroy Jacobs
April 20, 1928 – January 16, 2021
April 20,1928 – January 16, 2021
In Loving memory of Jacobs, Clyde Leroy.
Clyde was born in East Alton, Illinois, to parents Mildred (nee Russell) and Clarence Jacobs. Dad grew up in simpler but harder times in Missouri during the Depression. His mother used to call him and his younger brother Bob in for supper by yelling “Clyde and Bobby – the Lone Ranger is on the radio”.
The family eventually moved to Yakima, Washington, where he was a top student and athlete at Yakima High School. After graduation, he hitchhiked across the USA to successfully take enrollment tests at King’s Point Merchant Marine Academy in New York. He graduated at the top of his class while managing to play starting halfback on their football team.
After graduating from King’s Point he was employed as an officer on the SS “America” passenger vessel servicing between New York and Europe. During the Korean War he joined the U.S. Navy as an officer on a supply ship plying the Korean Waters.
Just prior to being deployed to Korean War conflict, he married Patricia (nee Anderson) also of Yakima. After the end of his military service they settled in San Francisco, California, starting their family there.
His illustrious business career in international shipping management spanned more than 5 decades. He worked at Crown Zellerbach and Ambulk Shipping in San Francisco, and Seaboard Shipping and Pacific Commerce Line in Vancouver. As Manager of Crown Zellerbach’s transportation department he was instrumental in the pioneer development of the first open hatch gantry craned vessels, which were employed to carry Newsprint from Elk Falls to California. As Vice President of Seaboard Shipping he was responsible for building the first of their kind specialized RORO (roll-on, roll-off) vessels to carry lumber from B.C. to Japan and autos back to the North American West Coast.
He travelled the world, spoke Norwegian and Spanish, and made many life-long local and international friends.
He is survived by three generations of loving offspring with our Mom, Patricia, who predeceased him in 2005: 3 Daughters - Marian Fisk (Earl), Joyce Wall, (Bob), and Christie Blaker (Glenn); 7 Grandchildren - Jennifer Vassel (Ryan), Carlene Wishart (Colton), Victoria Mejia (Alejandro); Scott Blaker, Cameron Fisk (Grace), Kelly Blaker; and Ian Fisk; and 6 Great Grandchildren – Kalia Wishart, Sophia Vassel, Hanalei Wishart, Sebastian Mejia, Madeleine Vassel, and Camila Mejia. He was affectionately known as “Papa” by all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his younger brother Don, and his 2nd wife Dionne (Borup) and family.
He will be lovingly remembered for his sharp creative optimistic mind, his love of swimming (“it’s excellent”), fishing, sailing, golfing, skiing, camping, reading (especially history), and poetry.
Clyde and his family were very grateful for the wonderful care he received at Orchard Manor in Kelowna during the final months of his life.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com
Arrangements in care of First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC. 250-762-2299
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Clyde Leroy Jacobs
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February 20, 2021
Clyde and I were classmates at Kings Point and shipmates on the SS AMERICA. He was one of the finest persons I have known. A man of high integrity and great talent who was a pleasure to be with. My condolences to Dionne and all the family.
February 10, 2021
To Clyde's family, my heart goes out to you for your loss of such a wonderful man.
You were blessed to have had the pleasure to be part of his life. To enjoy his true bigger than life personality.
I had the privilege of first getting to know Clyde back in 2000 when he took a gamble and brought me into the PCL family. From day 1 he showed nothing but respect and encouragement. He believed in the personal contact approach for all business. Face to face to let them see your sincerity and to get to the most out of any contact.
He did that with such ease.
He took me to the Far East to be introduced to PCL's agents and stevedores. While in Hong Kong, we took an afternoon walk about for a break between meetings. He stopped by a 'hole in the wall' barber shop and asked me to come back in about 20 minutes. I did. I found him scratching his head and sporting an absolute crew cut. "I told the guy...take this much off" (he showed me a tiny gap between his thumb and forefinger). "I guess I should learn some Chinese" he said with a smile.
Just one of a number of sweet memories that I am so happy to have.
I wish I had more time with him. Not too long after my joining PCL, Clyde moved into retirement mode.
I will never forget him. He changed my life for the better for having known him.
A Dio Clyde.