Age 95, passed peacefully on September 1, 2017, at the Preston Health Center in Hilton Head, SC. He was born on January 25, 1922, to Lawrence and Eleonora Jacobs, in Pittsburgh, PA. Known to most as Jim, he grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Carnegie Mellon for one year prior to enlisting in the US Army Air Corp after the Attack on Pearl Harbor. He rose to the rank of First Lieutenant as a fighter pilot, training new pilots throughout his career. After the war, he began to work for his father at Bankers Lithographing Company, located under the right field stands of Forbes Field, where he eventually became President and later Chairman of the company. Jim was an extremely outgoing and much loved individual. He was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church as well as the Rotary Club, Longue Vue Country Club, and Masonic Lodge 758 / Shriners - Syria Temple in Pittsburgh. Jim loved to golf, bowl, play cards, root for the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, and shoot skeet, but most of all, he loved life, the people he came to know, and especially his family. He is now reunited with all his family, (mother and father; brother, Bill, sister, Mitzi); and his precious wife, Sue, who preceded him in death. Surviving are his children, Pam (John) Patterson, Ellen (John) Watson, Gail Paceley, and Jim (Cindy) Jacobs; grandchildren, John Patterson, Suzanne (Danny) Sanchez, Jennifer (Peter) Laptewicz, Amanda (Bill) Brigman; great-grandchildren, Victoria, Camryn, Jake, and Lolo Sanchez, and Sarah Kate and Benjamin Laptewicz; and several nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Hilton Head, SC. The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the employees of the Preston Health Center, the physical therapy employees and the aids who assisted in comforting Dad during his last few years. Donations may be made to the Hilton Head Island Humane Association in Jim's name. THE ISLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY.
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PostedSeptember 06, 2017