Jacques Alexandre Cubilié

March 16, 1930September 16, 2020

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, Jacques Alexandre Cubilié, loving husband and father passed away at the age of 90. Born on March 16, 1930 in Loubieng, France, Jacques immigrated to America in 1952 following his military service in West Africa. On his arrival in Salem, OR he learned English, and began climbing the mountains of the Cascades. His love of climbing was enhanced by close friendships, an enduring passion for being in mountains so similar to the Pyrenees of his youth and the alpine pursuits of backpacking, skiing and hiking. Jacques was one of the founding members of the Santiam Alpine Club and an enthusiastic and committed member of mountain rescue for many years. After moving to Seattle, WA, in the early 1960s Jacques became a founding member of the Seattle rugby scene, serving both as the founding coach of the UW Rugby team and the founding President of the Seattle Rugby Club. He married Mary Helen Pieroth, and had two children, Anne and Marc. Following Mary’s death in 1974, Jacques raised their children alone until marrying Carol Jean Largé in 1985. Jacques spent his career as a dental technician, and enjoyed making jewelry and cooking. Throughout his life, Jacques was known for his storytelling, his kindness, his humor, his tireless work ethic and energy, and his devotion to friends and family. He loved all aspects of being in the outdoors, from backpacking and mountaineering to tending family land and working outside. He also deeply appreciated the company of animals, and the family dogs cheered his spirit even in his final days. Jacques is survived by Carol, his four children, Anne, Marc, Suzanne and Tim, his brother Hébert, his sister Monique, three grandchildren, Marie-Sabine, Nicolas and Gabriela and multiple nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Arnaud Cubilié

October 11, 2020

C'est avec émotion que nous avons appris le décès de notre oncle d'Amérique Jacky. Nous sommes tristes pour Carol, Anne , Marc, Suzanne, Tim et pour ses petits enfants que nous n'avons pas eu la chance de rencontrer.
Jacky avait repris contact avec sa famille française dans les années quatre vingt dix en venant avec ses proches nous rendre visite. Ce voyage lui avait permis de revoir son père et ses deux frères et nous avions été heureux de faire connaissance. A cette époque, nous ignorions tout de son histoire étonnante et avions été amusés de constater qu'il avait conservé malgré les années son accent du sud-ouest et son vocabulaire des années trente.
Quant à moi, j'avais eu la chance de lui rendre visite quelques années plus tard à Seattle. Je garde un souvenir inoubliable de mon séjour, de la gentillesse de Carol et Jacky mais aussi de discussions politiques enflammées.
Alors c'est avec tendresse qu'Aude, ma sœur et Nicolas, mon cousin se joignent à moi pour vous présenter toutes nos condoléances et vous adresser notre soutien.
Arnaud, un cousin de France

Barbara Church

October 6, 2020

Jacques was my brother-in-law for 35? years. Their house was the perfect place for many family and friends gatherings.....good times were had by all. The dinners were long as everyone had such a good time. I especially remember a goofy hat raid we made on Tim and friends one evening at the picnic area! It is such a close family that all the kids stayed at the house to help Carol take care of Jacques for the last months of his life.

Doug Irvine

October 3, 2020

With many happy memories and thanks to Jacques for his efforts in forming the Seattle Rugby Club and being its manager. I immigrated to the U.S from Scotland in 1966 and had no idea that such a thing as a rugby club would exist in the land of that weird padded game they called football!! But we rallied behind Jacques and his indomitable spirit and had a lot of great times (and we weren't such a bad team either!!)
Sleep well, Jacques!! You have earned your place in heaven and we left behind on earth will sorely miss you!!
Doug Irvine
P.S. And, by the way, Jacques, I still have a tooth implant you made for me over 50 years ago after it was knocked out in a game and it is still in place!! What a testament to your dental skills!!


September 30, 2020

I remember living out on Redmond Road for six years to help care for Anne and Marc after they lost their mother. It was a beautiful time and Jacques was very kind and generous. Even though I had weekends off I often stayed to participate in 4H horse shows and other events. On those weekends Jacques and his mother would do the cooking. It was very good experience and I hope I made a difference. Blessings to Anne and Marc and the rest of Jacques' family. He was a good man.

Cindy Brown

September 30, 2020

I always enjoyed sitting around the dinner table talking and enjoying a nice glass of wine. Jacques always had the best stories! He was such a huge hit with the soldiers at my military wedding back at Fort Lewis in 1993. He was wise beyond words with a wonderful sense of humor. I will forever cherish my memories of him. ❤️

Joseph Large'

September 30, 2020

It is unfortunate that I never met Jacques. But, his wife is my sister-in-law from her previous marriage. She is a sweet bouquet of roses in my life - my sweet sister Carol.

As dear and loving as that lady is, she must have picked one swell guy as a husband.

I'm sorry for my sister, and I'm sorry I never had the opportunity to get to know Jacques personally.

Prayers for Jacques, Carol and the whole family.


Charles (Ky) Huggins

September 27, 2020

Great contributions to the UofW and Seattle rugby organizations. A true gentleman.


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