Nashua, NH — Richard William “Dick” Jacobus, age 72, of Nashua, N.H., beloved husband of Jane Jacobus, died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, N.H.
Born in Summit, N.J., on February 1, 1941, he was a son of the late H. Raymond Jacobus and LaVerne Hill Jacobus and a veteran of the New Jersey Army National Guard, achieving the rank of Artillery Recon Sgt. E-5. Mr. Jacobus graduated from Bernards High School, in Bernardsville, N.J., and attended Rutgers University. He worked as an electrical technician, technical writer and real estate salesperson before retiring.
Mr. Jacobus was an aviation enthusiast, having obtained a private pilot’s license as well as enjoying a hobby of operating radio controlled airplanes. His greatest joy was family gatherings and spending time with his grandchildren whom he truly adored. He also found great pleasure studying philosophy, amateur radio, Linux computing, building and repairing electronics, hiking and photography.
Mr. Jacobus was predeceased by his eldest son, Jeffrey Jacobus. In addition to Jane, his wife of 47 years, survivors include three sons, Kenneth Jacobus and wife, Denise, of Milford, N.H., Kevin Jacobus of Boston, Mass., and Dean Jacobus of Somerville, Mass.; two cherished grandchildren, Ryan and Caden; a brother, Philip Jacobus and wife, Terry, of New Paltz, N.Y.; a sister, Denis Jenssen and her husband, Ronald, of Concord, Mass.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses and aides at the Elliot Hospital Fitch Unit, the nurses and aides at the Community Hospice House, Dr. Moser and Dr. Miksad of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Dr. Falk of Elliot Hospital.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may call on Friday, January 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 18, at 10:30 a.m., at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 42 Green Street, Newburyport.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Project Purple or the Community Hospice House. Project Purple is a non-profit organization working to help find a cure for pancreatic cancer and provide support to patients and their families. Mr. Jacobus’s son, Kevin, is running and fundraising for the Project Purple 2014 Boston Marathon Charity Team. Project Purple, c/o Kevin Jacobus, 300 Summer St., #26, Boston, MA 02210 or online at www.crowdrise.com/ProjectPurpleBoston2014/fundraiser/kevinjacobus. When medical care cannot offer a cure, the Community Hospice House provides patient and family care, comfort and support with the goal of ensuring quality end of life care. Home Health & Hospice Care, Community Hospice House, Attn: Development, Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054 or online at www.hhhc.org/donationform.