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George Jacobs

September 11, 1933July 7, 2020

JACOBS, George, Age 86, revered Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Probate, Superior, and Appeals Courts, and longtime New Bedford resident, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Lois (Meyer) Jacobs, married for 61 years. Born in Milan, Italy, in 1933, he was the son of the late Jacob and Frances Jacobs who originated from Galicia (currently Ukraine). They fled religious persecution in Europe and settled in New Bedford in 1938 when George was 5 years old. He made lifelong friends while attending New Bedford public schools and was president of New Bedford High School class of 1951.

After attending Harvard College and the Harvard Law School, he returned to New Bedford and worked as a private practice lawyer from 1958-1975. He served as City Solicitor for New Bedford 1964-1970 and Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1970-1974. George was appointed to the Probate Court by Governor Dukakis in 1975, then the Superior Court by Governor King in 1978, and the Appeals Court by Governor Dukakis in 1989. After mandatory retirement from the court at age 70, he became a full-time professor at what is now UMass Dartmouth Law School 2003-2018 and a mediator at The Mediation Group in Brookline. George was active in New Bedford's Jewish organizations and served as a trustee of Southcoast Hospitals Group and St. Luke's Hospital.

George was known in diverse circles for his integrity and humility, egalitarian spirit, imperturbable temperament, and sense of humor. Many considered him to be a role model for other judges for his intellect, fairness, and humanity.

He was the first recipient of the St. Thomas More ecumenical medal awarded by the Fall River Diocese at its Red Mass in 1997.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter Deborah Jacobs and her husband Justice Peter Sacks of Brookline; daughter Sandra Jacobs and her husband Marc Friedman of Needham; son Ronald Jacobs and his wife Judith (Marson) Jacobs of Needham; and six grandchildren Justin, Lucas, Molly, Jake, Anna, and Jonathan.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to UMASSD/George Jacobs Scholarship Fund and mailed to UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747.

Private Funeral Services have been held.


  • UMASSD/George Jacobs Scholarship Fund


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Bob Peck

July 18, 2020

Dear Lois,Deb,Ron and Sandy. So sorry to read of George’s passing. It was an honor to serve as the judge’s first court clerk in the Probate court. He became my mentor in life , in the court and in judicial politics by his wisdom and council . I always could count on his sincere advice. I am very proud to call Judge Jacobs my dear friend. Bob Peck

Roger Pelletier

July 15, 2020

George help guide me all my years in business
I played golf every wed. with him andBenny Myersit was a great time. you learn a lot when you play golf with people.
George was a good role model for me to follow'
Gowing up with one parent George became a good friend a mentor
tome more like a older brother that I never had'
God blessed me when i met George he knew what i needed
You made a big mark in my life in helping me become what i am.
Benny Myers was ok to.
Some day i'll see you both and we can resume our game.

Kenneth Joblon

July 14, 2020

Dear Lois and Family, Wendy and I were saddened to hear of George's passing. I always enjoyed being in George's company discussing golf or law or any other subject. We played golf several times and I know he loved the sport. He could remember everyone's individual hole score for the entire 18 holes which was amazing.
He was truly a special man who didn't need to boast about his awesome accomplishments, as he was so comfortable in his skin.. He certainly made his mark in this world and will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. Our condolences go out to your family.
Kenny and Wendy Joblon

Andy Horvitz

July 13, 2020

Dear Lois and Family,
We are very saddened to learn of George's passing. He was a very thoughtful, kind-hearted gentleman with a great spirit and sense of humor. It's no wonder he had so many friends and touched so many lives, as he truly cared about others. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. His love and spirit lives on.
In friendship and with our sympathy,
Andy & Jackie Horvitz

Meredith Persson

July 13, 2020

My very sincere condolences to you, Lois, and to your children and their families. Your husband was one of the most honorable men God ever put on this earth. Would that there were more like him. I hope it will be helpful to all of you to know that those who remember him are thinking of you with sympathy, and praying for you to be consoled.

Most sincerely,

Meredith A. Persson

Rita and Len Nazareth

July 13, 2020

Our sincerest sympathy to you Lois on the passing of your dear husband. We enjoyed our many times just chatting away at CCNB.
George was always interested in what you had to say and always had an interesting tale to tell.
Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Ray Veary

July 13, 2020

Judge George Jacobs was one of the finest people I ever met. His example was one I have attempted to follow on innumerable occasions. His impact was just that profound. I remain ever in his debt.

Raymond Veary
Justice, Superior Court (ret.)

Anne Whitney

July 13, 2020

My heartfelt sympathy to everyone in Judge Jacobs family. You have lost a real "winner". My late husband Jeremy Whitney was especially fond of him. I hold you in the Light.

Rita Marinho

July 13, 2020

Too many memories between our sons to share! But my fondest memory is when George invited me to be a part of the discussion of the Celebration of the Constitution and had to call to tell me that the pre-dinner was to be held at the Wamsutta Club! Of course, I attended through the main door with a spit over my shoulder! George was an upholder of the Rule of Law and a man of great integrity, honesty and had a wonderful sense of humor. His intellectualism speaks for itself. He contributed much to making the "world a better place." May he rest in peace. With much admiration and fondness, Rita Marinho a/k/a Moniz

Marilyn Saint-Aubin

July 13, 2020

Dear Lois and family,
In this most difficult time may peace and love surround you. Our deepest sympathy on your loss. George will be sorely missed. He was a wonderful man.
We always enjoyed seeing you both at the NB Country Club.
Marilyn Saint-Aubin
Chuck Cotter


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