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Norman David Jacobs
Age 88 - Red Bank
Mr. Norman David Jacobs, aged 88, passed away on February 10, 2016 and joins his beloved wife Pat who passed away on May 11, 2011 and his only child, Craig who passed away April 17, 2015.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he served four and a half years as an engineering officer in the Royal Navy after which he entered the merchant marine serving as an engineering officer with Cunard Steamship Company. In 1952 he became engaged to Patricia Gallagher who was to be the love of his life for sixty years and to whom he was happily married for fifty-six of those years. He immigrated to Canada to accept his first job ashore in 1954 with Davis Rowan, Marine Engineers. Following two years in Quebec, he accepted an offer from Babcock & Wilcox in Barberton, Ohio who offered to sponsor them. They immigrated to the US and proudly became US citizens in 1962. In 1967 he joined the Foster Wheeler Corporation as Chief Staff Engineer in their construction division.
In 1975 he joined the Northrop Corporation to take over as president of a troubled subsidiary company in Chicago, Illinois. By 1977 he had successfully turned the company around. He returned to Foster Wheeler in 1977, retiring in 1990 as chairman and CEO of Foster Wheeler Constructors Corporation.
Outside of his family and career, Mr. Jacobs had many other interests over the years including his lifetime involvement in boating and stamp collecting. In 1990, along with two close friends, Mr. Jacobs founded North Sea Yachts Inc. to build the Monk 36 in Nova Scotia, Canada with a sales office in Point Pleasant, NJ. During the period 1991 through 2008, the company built and sold eighty-seven yachts. He was a member of the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club for over thirty years where he made many cruising and social friends.
He is predeceased by his two younger siblings, Eric Jacobs and Zelda Carr. He is survived by his grandchildren Paige and Christopher Jacobs of Morris Plains, NJ, his daughter-in-law Lisa Jacobs, his sister-in-law Esther in Vancouver, Canada and many nephews, nieces and grandnieces in Canada, Scotland and South Africa.
"So many friends from the Yacht Club and the Atrium have been so good to me and they know who they are but I must mention particularly Lou and Theresa Maresca of the Atrium and Mark Lockwood and Ronney Subarsky who each or together visited me every day to make sure I had everything I needed."
Viewing will be this Saturday Feb 13 at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street in Red Bank from 2pm to 5pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in memory of Norman Jacobs to: Morristown Medical Center - ICU, 475 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Memorial Service for Lillian Alexander
Saturday, February 13th at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at Tower Hill, 244 Harding Rd, Red Bank, NJ.
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