OBITUARY

Lawrence Jacobs

May 17, 1928March 13, 2019
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OCEAN - Dr. LAWRENCE JACOBS died Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. He was 90. Born in Newark, he resided there before settling in Wanamassa in 1957. Prior to retiring, he was one of the first dentists in Ocean, NJ and opened his own practice in the office building he built in town. From 1953-2004, he touched the lives of many people in the community through his dental practice. Dr. Jacobs was one of the founding member of Temple Beth Torah and was a congregant for many years. He was an excellent storyteller and was very theatrical in his presentation - he especially loved talking about his days growing up in Newark during prohibition. He loved photography, music, nature (especially Maine), animals and fixing everything. Dr. Jacobs fixed anything he could around the house. He wanted to help everyone and had a very generous spirit. Most important, he loved and cherished his family and their education and sent everyone to college - including his wife. Dr. Jacobs was an alumni of Franklin and Marshall College and NYU College of Dentistry. A veteran of the US Air Force, he honorably served our country with the rank of Lieutenant from 1953-1955 at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He retired as a Captain. He was predeceased by his brother, Morton H. Jacobs. Surviving is his loving wife of nearly 67 years (his high school sweetheart), Marcia; 3 children: Wendy Jacobs, Stephen Jacobs, and Laurellie Jacobs Martinez and her husband Carlos; 5 grandchildren: Emily, Nathaniel, Victor, Maya, and Skyler; and a nephew, Paul Jacobs. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11:45AM at Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, 2130 Highway 35, Ocean, NJ, with a gathering of friends at 10:45AM. Cremation will be private. For more information, or to post a tribute online, please visit www.bloomfieldcooperocean.com.

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  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2019
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Lawrence Jacobs

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Scott Lessard

March 19, 2019

When I first met Larry, I was intimidated. It was immediately evident that this man had an unmatched level of wit, as well as an incredibly broad scope of skills and knowledge. But, as the many people that knew Larry will relate, that nervous feeling quickly faded, and in its place formed an unexpectedly powerful connection. We both had a passion for woodworking, craftsmanship and working with our hands. His perspective on life was uplifting; his work ethic, generosity, and high regard for education are examples to live by. The life stories that he shared were amazing and often inspiring. I wish I could have heard more. My heart is broken that we did not get to spend more time together, but I think we can all rest assured that Larry led an outstanding life, full of love.

Emily Jacobs

March 18, 2019

I am very fortunate to have known my grandfather my whole life. He was an extraordinarily generous person, with unparalleled stories - stories that made you love hearing them again and again and again. He cared so deeply about his family - I remember he and my grandmother taking me out to dinner when I was in college on a quick surprise visit - it was such a treat to spend time with them off campus for a change. And I remember after I broke my ribs while biking, they made a trip to see me in Portland and take me out for dinner. He accepted my fiance wholeheartedly into his family, offering his many woodworking supplies and books when he no longer could create with his own hands. He valued hard work, education, critical thinking and quality - he really respected the depth of something. He is a person who could sit well with himself at the end of the day, knowing that he'd done the right things, and not just the easy ones. I will miss him so much. I hope I can give back to my family even half of what my grandfather has given to me. I hope I can instill the same pride into the name 'Dr. Jacobs' as he and my father have done. I want to acknowledge that he is not really gone, either - I see his qualities in my father, my aunts, my brother, and my cousins. We were all raised by him, and he is always part of us.

Herb and Claire Riegel

March 16, 2019

Larry was very special and such a good story teller. We have so many lovely memories of the all the good times we had together. We will miss him, but we still have Marcia to love and spend time with.






Linda Brower Canter

March 16, 2019

Dear Mrs. Jacobs,
I am a long-time friend of Wendy's. I'm sending gentle hugs of love to you, Wendy, and your whole family after this very sad loss. I've never had the pleasure of meeting you or your wonderful husband.
But I do see that he was very special. And I know from Wendy's stories that you all loved him dearly. May you find great comfort in all of your cherished memories.
With love, ~Linda

Shannon Swanson

March 16, 2019

Jacobs Family,

I’m so grateful to have had the blessing of knowing Larry these past years. He was always eager to share his vivid stories and discuss books with me. He cared fiercely and was proud of his family - it was evident in the way he looked at you all. It says a lot to Larry’s character to look at the wonderful family and life he created. He will be missed by so many.

Sending you all love and strength.

- Shannon Swanson

Rona Abramson Brandell

March 16, 2019

Wendy,

I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. As you said, everything comes with an expiration date, and sadly, your dad's was up. Hold his memories close.
Wishing peace and comfort for you and your family.

Rona

Ceil Weinstein Hall

March 15, 2019

Wendy and Stephen, I am SO sorry about the passing of your father. How I wish I didn't live 500 miles away so I could be there with you at his funeral! Please know that my whole heart is with you. Much love, Ceil

Ruth and Winchell Moore

March 15, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to you all... May wonderful memories of dear Lawrence - husband, father and grandfather help you all as time goes on.
Much love,
Ruth and Win Moore

Lynn Lewis

March 13, 2019

Marcia,

You married well in all the ways that matter. What a wonderful man to have in your life all these years (67!) and how sad that he’s gone. I’m so happy that I got to meet him and spend a little time with him. My thoughts are with you.

Lynn

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