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John Laurie Joseph "JAKE" Jacobs

Born: Sat., May 22, 1954
Died: Thu., May 30, 2019


Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Jun. 07, 2019
Location: Stettler Recreation Centre


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John ‘Jake’ Laurie Jacobs
Jake is survived by his wife Donna of 43 years; his girls – Terine (Derek) Forrester and Penny (Scotte) Titus; sister Val (Merv) Zwicker; mother-in-law Betty Hansen, sisters-in-law Carol (John) Zerkee and Lorraine Hansen; brothers-in-law Ted Hansen and Tim (Sandra) Hansen; many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  Predeceased by his father Ches Jacobs, his mother Ollie Jacobs; sisters Sharon Ferguson and Sue Jacobs; father-in-law Ted Hansen and brothers-in-law Danny Ferguson and Conrad Tomaszewski.
Jake took pretty much most of his schooling in Camrose except for his Grade 12 - he went to Medicine Hat to play hockey - he graduated from Medicine Hat High School - the next year he played for the Drumheller Falcons.  
Jake was employed with the Dept of Transportation for a short time - climbing towers in the NWT, BC and Alberta to change bulbs - (these towers ranged from 100 feet to 650 feet).  A fall from a glide path tower in Fort St John ended that career. He then settled back in Camrose and worked for the Carpet Bin.  Jake came to Stettler in 1977 where he was employed with the Carpet Bin which later became Stettler Flooring and Paint. In 1985 he began a 33-year career with Peavey Mart in Stettler as Store Manager. In 1999 he became Product Manager at Peavey Industries in Red Deer.  In 2009 Jake came back to work at the store in Stettler.  The community knew him as Mr. Peavey Mart.  He really enjoyed engaging with his customers which is something he really missed when he retired.
For a few years Jake was involved in raising pheasants, chukar partridges and some wild turkeys (turkeys were a bad choice – he didn’t particularly care for them). He would drive out to the cage every night to feed them and on weekends you could find him trying to make things better for them or just simply sit and watch. He really loved these birds. A bad snowstorm destroyed the cage and the birds escaped. Too much damage to rebuild and after having had hip and knee replacements, he decided to give it up.
Jake loved to escape to the “Cabin.”  A place where he could relax and get away from the hustle and bustle.  He enjoyed the tranquility and the peacefulness.

Upon retiring in 2018, during the winter months, Jake volunteered at the Food Bank which he enjoyed and, on the weekends, you would find him at the rink where he continued to mentor and supervise the young officials. He loved watching them improve and become more confident. He wanted everyone of his young officials to be the best they could be. Once hockey season was over, he could hardly wait for the golf season to begin. He became part of the grounds crew at Pheasantback Golf Course. He was in his glory as he now had a purpose everyday to get up in the morning again.
Jake has always been involved with sports. Hockey, football, bowling and golf were his passions.  He played minor hockey in Camrose, had a stint with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Drumheller Falcons and then played senior hockey for the Camrose Maroons and the Stettler Sabres.  
Growing up in Camrose, once athletes reached a certain level of hockey, they were required to take their turn officiating the younger levels.  Jake began his officiating career in 1967 and attained his Level 4.  He served as an official at multiple different levels.
Jake was involved as a Coordinator and Instructor with the Hockey Alberta Development Camp for Officials for 25 years which helped groom young linesmen and referees. He was Zone chairman for the North Central Zone and later became Provincial Chairman of the Hockey Alberta Referees Council.
Jake was the humble recipient of numerous awards including Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Development Award, the President’s Award, the Ernie Boruk Award, the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation Award and was inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame. He also became a Life Member of the Referee’s Council.
Jake always had time for family – to him his wife and his girls came first, he would always check to make sure there were no other family plans before he committed to anything else.
Jake was a man who was larger than life.  His easy fun-loving attitude was contagious to everyone around him. He had a way with people that made them gravitate to him and once you met him you never forgot him. He will be profoundly missed.

Funeral Service
Friday, June 7, 2019
Stettler Recreation Centre
Blue Arena Centre Ice
Stettler, Alberta
1:00 PM

Memorial Donations may be made to the Stettler Minor Hockey,
Stettler Food Bank or a charity of your own choice.

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Matt Dorsett
   Posted Mon June 03, 2019
Our sincerest condolences to Donna, Terine, Penny, & extended families for your loss. I first met Jake early in my career and I will always appreciate how he treated me with respect and a peer at a time when he was a Buyer for Peavey and very well established in his career. I will treasure the past several years that I got to work with Jake, the jokes, playing crib, and the friendship I had with him. He has been so involved in the community, Hockey Alberta, golf, and bowling, that I think is an example of how giving and how many Lives Jake has touched, and a profound example to others on Teamwork and giving back. On behalf of myself and all of our staff from Stettler Peaveymart you will be greatly missed.

Sarah McCrindle
   Posted Mon June 03, 2019
My deepest condolences to Donna and her family. I first met John when I started working in the "new" arena I always enjoyed our visits he was always there with a smile! In the last years whether I saw him at peavey mart or out and about in town he was always quick to smile and give me the biggest wave. Rest in peace John you will be greatly missed!

Craig DeCoursey
   Posted Tue June 04, 2019
On behalf of officials everywhere, my deepest condolences to the entire Jacobs family. Big Jake was one of a kind and will be dearly missed by all of us. His impact on officiating and hockey in Alberta will be forever felt.

Debra deVries (Sahlin)
   Posted Tue June 04, 2019
My sincerest condolences to you Donna, Terine, Penny, & Families on this tragic loss in your world. John was such a "Bear" of a man. My memory of him backing into the fridge opening and then walking upstairs from the basement with the fridge on his back always brings me laughter. He always had a smile and was quick with his jokes and making sure everyone knew all about "slam door". He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. "He was larger than Life" Now that he has left this life may all the Beautiful and happy memories surround you and the girls as you continue on Life's Journey. Please accept my Sympathy and Remember me if you need anything or just need to talk.
Love Debra 780-587-5223

Karen Vander Meulen
   Posted Tue June 04, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of Jake's passing. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Jake at Peavey Industries for several years. He always had a big grin on his face every day and had the heart of an angel. His kindness and generosity was challenged by no one. Jake will be remembered and missed by so many people who had the good fortune to know him. RIP Dear Jake...I will never forget you my Friend

Barbara and George Kallay
   Posted Tue June 04, 2019
Oh, Donna. George and I are so sad to hear this news. Of course, we remembered all those hockey AGM’s and the fun we had.
And, the visits in the Drumheller arena.
Family, hockey, referees and pheasants were his love!!
You and your family are in our thoughts.
Barbara and George

Rob Eisenbart
   Posted Thu June 06, 2019
Jake will always be someone that I will think of with a great amount of respect. He was a huge personality and even more, he was a great human being! I always enjoyed his stories and the belief he had in others. Back in the day As a young official in another zone he took the time to get to know everyone regardless of where you were from. As our former Chairman he always had time to see how you were doing. I shared a story with Guy D. the other night after hearing of Jake's passing. Guy D. shared his own story of Jake as well. I guess the greatest compliment to Jake was another official in the room said 'I wish I would have had a chance to know him'. I think that says it all. Rest in peace Jake, respectfully, Rob Eisenbart

Terry and Lois Wells
   Posted Thu June 06, 2019
So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was such a great asset to the referee community and just an all around good guy. Enjoyed playing ball with him and refereeing with him. Heartfelt condolences to your whole family.
Terry and Lois Wells

Kathy Johnson
   Posted Fri June 07, 2019
Dear Donna and family
Our deepest sympathy. Our hearts and thought are with you all

Garry and Kathy Johnson

TOM AND CANDACE RITCHIE
   Posted Sat June 08, 2019
DONNA AND FAMILY OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO YOU ALL AT THE LOSS OF YOUR HUSBAND AND FATHER. WE WERE VERY SORRY TO READ ABOUT JAKE'S DEATH. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.

Lennard & Christine McFarland
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
Our sincere condolences to each of you. Jake gave so much to his community and will be missed by all who knew him.
My you be comforted by your memories of a great man.
Warmest Regards,
Lennard & Christine McFarland

Rob & Patti Howell
   Posted Tue June 11, 2019
Oh my dear friend Donna....I am so very sorry to hear about John's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family Donna at this very sad time. Sending you my love dear friend.

Barry Watson
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
Donna,

I just heard of Jakes passing from Deana, I'm so very sorry for your loss; Jake was one of a kind. I worked with Jake at Peavey and was so glad to have a nice visit with him at Rick's memorial, after 30 years it was like we picked up in conversation where we just left off.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless

Robert Cameron
   Posted Sat October 05, 2019
Jake may you rest in Peace.you were a fine man, and the dog and I think of you often. In her case for the birds you gave us to help teach her how to point.

You are missed. Bob and Sienna

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